Visiting Research Fellowships in the School of Media, University of Brighton

Research Fellowships in the School of Media, University of Brighton

Guidance for Applicants

The School of Media is inviting applications for Visiting Research Fellows, including theoretical research, practice-based research and enterprise-related research (community or industry engagement). The aim of the selective scheme is to provide external researchers, artist and entrepreneurs with a recognised and visible platform for producing excellent research within the School of Media. Collaborative output or bid development with staff is particularly encouraged. Visiting Fellows will make excellent contributions to their fields and will join the vibrant research community in the School of Media and contribute to it. Fellowships are unpaid and usually expected to last between two weeks and twelve months.

Visiting Fellow’s work should clearly align with at least one member of staff in the School of Media and should work with them to develop their application; staff will also detail their support on the application form.

Ideally, applicants will also explain in the application how their work fits into:

(a) one of the four Schools’ Research and Enterprise Groups: “Photography in Practice, Photography in Theory” (contact Prof Francis Hodgson), “Screen Studies” (contact Dr Ewan Kirkland), “Cultural Informatics” (contact Prof David Anderson), “Creative Sound and Music” and/or

(b) one of the University’s Centre’s for Research and Enterprise Excellence, e.g. the Centre for Digital Media Cultures, the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics and the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender and/or

(c) one of the University’s “Futures”. Applicants are encouraged to check online for more information on research and enterprise at the University of Brighton.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for external funding in relation to their fellowship (we can suggest schemes), but it is not a condition.

Visiting Fellows will benefit in terms of engaging with a vibrant research community, research and career development, networking, and much more.

For the duration of their fellowship, Visiting Fellows receive:

  • The title “Visiting Research Fellow”
  • A listing on the University website
  • Library card and access
  • Temporary University of Brighton email address
  • Access to a shared desk space for some of their fellowship where possible
  • A Health and Safety induction by the Deputy Head of School for Research and Enterprise
  • A platform for engaging with staff and postgraduate students in the School, and also the REGs, COREs and Futures
  • A certificate of their fellowship
  • Potentially, access to or engagement with specific facilities and spaces (e.g. labs, exhibition spaces or technical facilities) if negotiated through the supporting member of staff (liaising directly with Tim Lane) and subject to approval by the Head of School.

The member of staff from the School of Media who supported their application will be their point of contact in the School

Visiting Fellows are expected to:

  • Cover their own insurance, travel, accommodation, subsistence and any research-related costs
  • Pursue a specific program of work (especially for longer fellowship durations)
  • Contribute a seminar, workshop or lecture to the School
  • Engage with the PGR community of PhD students, for example through a workshop or a Q&A session
  • Contribute to a REG, CORE and/or Future
  • Consider a joint publication or external funding application with one or several members of staff in the School
  • Contribute to social media, blog and/or website for the School of Media
  • conduct themselves in line with the spirit of University and School policies such as GDPR, Social Media, research ethics and integrity , and others relevant ones


Application Process

  • Use the application form: here
  • There is no deadline and you can apply at any time during the year, though processing speed might vary throughout the academic year.
  • Please email your application form to our Research and Enterprise administrator Karen Gainsford .
  • Applications will be considered by the School of Media Research & Enterprise committee in one of its five annual meetings (or online if urgent). Applicants will be notified of the time scale for this when submitting their application.
  • Decisions on Visiting Fellowships by the School of Media Research & Enterprise committee will be passed on for information to the School of Media’s Senior  Management Group and other relevant committees.
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