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Faculty of Economics


Visiting Scholars at Faculty of Economics

The Faculty of Economics welcomes a limited number of scholars and researchers who wish to visit the Faculty into its Visiting Scholars Program each year.

The Visiting Scholars program is aimed at scholars in established posts in other universities or similar academic institutions who are on study leave.

Visiting Scholars will normally come for a minimum of one term and a maximum of three terms. Our academic year comprises three terms: Michaelmas, Lent and Easter.

What do we offer?

Visiting Scholars are granted access to the University’s Library facilities, computing facilities and can attend lectures and seminars organised by the Faculty Board. We are not in a position to offer an office or telephone line, nor secretarial services or academic supervision.

Visiting Scholars may use the Faculty's computing network for email, internet access and access to the various packages and databases for which the Faculty holds licences. Printing facilities are also available, but these must be paid for separately, apart from an initial allowance linked to the length of the visit.

The Common Room on the 4th floor of the Austin Robinson Building is open to staff and visitors for tea or coffee. The Buttery on the ground floor of the building, serves refreshments and light meals. Visiting scholars are also entitled to membership of the University Centre.

What does it cost?

In addition to needing funds to cover living expenses (which do not directly involve the School), we charge a bench fee of £1500 for one month (inclusive of VAT), in order to cover incidental and/or administrative expenses as determined by the Faculty Board of Economics. The bench fee is payable prior to arrival and does not include the cost of obtaining the appropriate entry documents to the United Kingdom. Under no circumstances will this bench fee be waived.p>


Assistance in finding accommodation in Cambridge is available from the University Accommodation Service. You can register online at

You would also have access to Newcomers and Visiting Scholars, which is run by the University. The society provides a termly programme of social activities for university scholars and their families. The office is open from 9.00 am to 4.45 pm and is located at:
Accommodation Service
Kellet Lodge
Tennis Court Road
Cambridge, CB2 1QJ

Tel:            +44 (0)1223 338099

How to apply?

Applications are considered throughout the year and should be addressed to Mrs Monika Czajka, Austin Robinson Building, Faculty of Economics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DD, Cambridge, U.K. (email:; phone: +00 44 (0)1223 335241).

Applications should include:

  1. A completed application form (
  2. CV
  3. Statement of Research Proposal (max 1 page)
  4. Two independent referees reports.

Methods of Payment

Visiting scholars accepted onto our Visiting Scholar Program will be invoiced the appropriate bench fees approximately 4 weeks prior to their arrival and is required to be paid by the following methods before arrival at the Faculty.  We reserve the right to cancel applicants from our Visiting Scholars Program should payment not be received. 

The preferred method of payment is by sterling cheque drawn on a bank in the UK. Virtually all banks will have a foreign correspondent in the UK. We do not have facilities to accept payment by credit or debit card.

Anyone wishing to pay by bank transfer should notify us in advance so that we can provide details of the relevant bank account in Cambridge. We can also accept cheques payable in euros and drawn on a bank in mainland Europe. Any bank clearance charges must be added by the applicant to their International Payment Form when arranging payment transfer.

The University reserves the right to request payment in sterling during periods of significant exchange rate fluctuation.

Entry to the UK and Work Permits

If you are a non-EEA national you now require a Certificate of Sponsorship in order to conduct research in the UK.  For the most recent information on visas and work permits you should go to the UK government website:

English Language

All visiting scholars must be proficient in the use of the English language. If you have not previously studied in an English speaking university, the Faculty will require evidence of competence in the use of English. Details of the IELTS Test, on which we require a score comparable to that required for admission to student status, are available from local British Council offices.


All inquiries should be addressed to:

Mrs Monika Czajka,
Austin Robinson Building
Faculty of Economics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DD

Phone: +00 44 (0)1223 335241