University of Surrey Visiting International Fellows

Deadline: 30 September 2013
Open to: established scholars from outside the UK, who are normally at least 5 years post doctorate
Scholarship: £2,500 contribution toward travel and subsistence expenses


The Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, has established a Visiting International Fellowship (VIF) to foster the development of sociological research methods. Between one and three Fellowships are awarded by competition each year. The university is located thirty-five miles south-west of London.

An award of £2,500 will be made as a contribution towards travel and subsistence expenses incurred in holding the Fellowship. It is expected that VIF award-holders will normally be on paid leave of absence from their employment. Award-holders should be prepared to visit the Department on one or two occasions during the academic year with a duration of about one month in total. VIFs will become honorary Research Fellows of the University and be entitled to use the University Library and make use of University facilities.

The Department specialises in social research methods and was ranked 5th in terms of the proportion of ‘World Class’ research in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (2008). The Department of Sociology at Surrey is a centre of methodological expertise and specialises in research methods for the application of social research to contemporary society. It promotes high methodological standards and new developments in methodology for the social science research community.

The Department is the home of CAQDAS, an internationally acclaimed centre for Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software, and is well known for its work on the secondary analysis of large data sets, and work on online research methods. Other methodological specialisms include the computer simulation of social phenomena (CRESS) and cross-national comparisons. The Department publishes the quarterly Social Research Update online and houses the office of the journal Sociological Research Online.


The awards are open to those who would value the opportunity to advance methodological understanding, for example by reflecting on methods used in previous empirical research, by validating existing or new methodological procedures, or by reviewing and synthesising methodological approaches. ‘Methods’ is interpreted widely, ranging from statistical techniques to innovations in qualitative analysis. The VIF is intended for established scholars, who are normally at least 5 years post doctorate.

The holder of a fellowship is usually a permanently resident outside the United Kingdom.


Applications must be received by Monday 30th September 2013 for visits during the calendar year 2013. Applications must be made on the application form AVAILABLE HERE and submitted by email to Louise Jones, VIF Administrator at

Decisions will be made and notified by the end of November 2013. Proposals for collaborative research with members of the Department of Sociology are especially welcome.

Please contact Professor Sara Arber (VIF Convener) with your questions at For more information, please see the official website HERE.

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