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Department of Geography


Department of Geography Visiting Scholars scheme

Department of Geography Visiting Scholars scheme

! Please note that since January 2014, application procedures for Visiting Scholars have changed. These are open only to staff employed outside of the University of Cambridge and not to graduate students or recently completed PhD students at Cambridge. Please carefully consult the new form before applying.

The department welcomes academic visitors from all parts of the world whose stay will be of mutual research benefit to the individual and the sponsor or department. Successful applicants will be those who:

  • The department can offer work space during their stay (unless not required)
  • Have the strong support of a Cambridge geographer or research group within the department
  • Can demonstrate the value of their visit for themselves and for the department
  • Are able to pay bench fees and support themselves in Cambridge

Once you have completed the form below, your sponsor within our Department will be asked to write a case for support, which will help the Research Policy Committee to reach a final decision. We will only request references if they are necessary to inform the decision. Application deadlines are as follows:

  • 21st August
  • 23rd October
  • 8th January
  • 22nd April

You are advised to apply in sufficient time to allow you to make arrangements to come to Cambridge, meeting any immigration requirements, should your application be successful.

Bench fees

Bench fees apply for the use of the University and Department facilities and are calculated on a termly rather than weekly or daily basis.

Length of stay Fee (excluding VAT)*
1 term £500
2 terms £1000
3 terms £1500
1 year (12 months) £2000

* VAT (20%) is chargeable to all UK and overseas visitors unless they are students.

Bench fees cover:

  • Overheads
  • Reasonable use of postage and faxing
  • Internal and local telephone calls from the Visiting Scholars room
  • IT facilities, photocopying and printing in the Department. Please note that Visiting Scholars are assigned in advance a print balance of £5 per month of the visit, eg a 3 month visit = a print balance of £15.  If the allowance is exceeded, additional credit can be purchased at the Department of Geography Library.  A photocopying card with a balance of 100 units (sheets) is provided at the start of the visit.  Additional 100 unit cards can be purchased for £5 per card at the Department of Geography Accounts Office.
  • Access to public computers
  • Departmental Library facilities
  • Access to the University Library
  • Stationery

Bench fees do not cover:

  • Long distance and overseas telephone calls from the Visiting Scholars room
  • Lab consumables costs
  • Equipment costs

Bench fees will be paid on the first day in the Department.

A deposit of £10 is to be paid for each key issued as well as a deposit of £10 for the University card.

IMPORTANT: Please note that it is the Visiting Scholar's responsibility to deal with immigration, visas, accommodation and family issues. Non-EEA (European Economic Area) academic visitors will need to obtain appropriate immigration clearance. The Department does not process immigration applications.

International visitors from non English speaking countries will be asked to provide valid English language certificates or provide other additional evidence of reasonable competency in English language.

The department will not sign any contracts or enter into any agreements with either visitors or their institutions.

Submission form

If you feel you meet the above criteria then please complete this form.

You and your contact details

Title: *  
Forename: *  
Surname: *  
Home address: *  
Date of Birth: *  
Telephone Number: *  

Your institution

Institution: *  
Position: *  
Institution address: *  


Sponsoring Academic in the department: *  


Duration of Stay: *  
Date you intend to arrive in the Department: *  
Date you intend to leave the Department: *  

Previous visits

Have you been an academic visitor in the department before?: *  
If so please give dates:  
Outcome of the previous visit:  


Are you self-funded?: *  
If not self-funded, who/what is your funding source?:  
Address of the funding body:  
Name and address of the payer of bench fees: * This is necessary information when generating the invoice. Add your own details if self-funded.


Will you need to apply for a visa to come to the UK?: * Please note that non-EEA (European Economic Area) academic visitors will need to apply for a visa. The Department does not process visa applications.


Please describe your proposed visit and planned activities: *
(Maximum 200 characters, inc. spaces)
Please describe how you and the department will benefit from your visit: *
(Maximum 250 characters, inc. spaces)


Please provide the names, addresses and contact details of two independent referees:

Referee 1 - name and contact details: *  
Referee 2 - name and contact details: *  


Please upload a copy of your CV: *
(Allowed file extensions: .doc,.docx,.pdf)
Must be in Word or PDF format
Date of Application: *  

* Items marked with an asterisk [*] are required fields and must be fully completed.