The programme provides a platform to:
The University of Essex has closely monitored the global COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds. In light of recent developments and the uncertainty around future travel restrictions in the UK and across the world, the decision was made to suspend the International Visiting Fellowship scheme for 2021-22. We hope to offer it again in 2022-23. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision, but we are convinced that prioritising the health and welfare of everyone is the most sensible approach. Please keep an eye on the webpage for future updates about the scheme.
The Essex International Visiting Fellowship programme has two options:
This fellowship enables researchers to spend between two and four weeks at Essex. There are two calls for applications:
This fellowship enables a researcher to spend between two and four months at Essex. There are two calls for applications:
Essex International Visiting Fellowships are open to researchers based outside the United Kingdom with an excellent track record commensurate with career stage to undertake research at the University of Essex.
Students and graduates (e.g. undergraduate students/graduates, Master’s students/graduates, PhD students, and post-doctoral students) are not eligible for the scheme.
International Visiting Fellows applications must be supported by a senior Essex academic and during their visit it is expected that the Visiting Fellow(s) will contribute to the wider activity at the University, engaging with a wide cross-section of the research community.
We cannot accept applications to our Southend or Loughton Campuses. Should you wish to visit one of these campuses, please see our staff mobility information for other funding opportunities.
Successful applicants who were International Visiting Fellows in the past at Essex are not eligible to apply for another Essex International Visiting Fellowship.
Please keep in mind that the International Visiting Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.
An Essex International Visiting Fellowship includes:
Award holders are given the title International Visiting Fellow for the period of their stay.
During your stay, it is anticipated that you will contribute to a number of activities. When you apply, you should therefore identify events and activities that you will contribute to during your stay. The programme of events should aim to incorporate some of the following:
Applications are invited throughout the year and should be submitted by midnight
(UK time - UTC+1) on the day of the deadline:
Applications to the Essex International Visiting Fellowship programme will be assessed on:
Selection decisions are made by a panel, chaired by the PVC Research, and including the PVC Education and one nominee from each faculty.
Decisions for applicants of both, short-stay and extended-stay fellowships are made within three to four weeks of the deadline.
Fellows will be required to complete a report at the end of their visit. Additionally, Extended-stay International Visiting Fellows will be asked for a publication such as a journal article, conference paper, or other relevant form of research publication that has been produced during or as a result of the stay at the University of Essex and will contribute to the research community at Essex.
During his two weeks at the University of Essex, Professor Abel Escriba-Folch worked with a number academics from the Department of Government to carry out research for a joint project on the impact of security forces structure on the duration and outcome of civil wars. He also met with PhD students, contributed to a workshop with the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation and gave a presentation about his research on security force structure and civil wars. Talking about his successful visit, Professor Escribà said:
"My short stay at the University of Essex has allowed us to lay the groundwork for a collaborative paper. Combining our respective knowledge and expertise in different topics, we've been able to identify a relevant research question and develop some initial hypotheses. We have also merged data and run some initial tests. Tasks are now divided and we'll keep working."
Hailing from Radboud University, Greg Wright focused on two different research projects during his trip to the University of Essex. His primary focus was to work with Matthias Parey to research the long-term health impact of a trade embargo, which he now feels is ready to be published in a journal.
He also worked with Tianxi Wang to explore the impact of new technologies on the income distributions within occupations, and left our University having also made significant progress in this field of research.
The first International Visiting Fellow to be hosted by the Department of History, Professor Jieling Xu joined Professor Xun Zhou to curate an upcoming public exhibition on the history of Anti-Schistosomiasis Campaign in the Jiangxi Province. Professor Xu’s expertise came in useful when creating a narrative for the exhibition, and when identifying certain exhibit objects.
At her home institution, East China Jiaotong University, Professor Xu teaches the Modern History of China, and the Principles of Political Economy.
Visiting from the New York University, Professor Julian Togelius worked with Professor Simon Lucas to develop research plans to exploit recent advances in video game artificial intelligence. Professor Togelius also presented a seminar to all first-year IGGI-PhD students and most second/third-year IGGI-PhD students to discuss developments in AI, and how games can be used as a benchmark to improve AI.
Professor Togelius and Professor Lucas share long-term plans of establishing general video game AI as the foundational basis for game-designers to tune and play-test their games.