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Centre of Development Studies


Visiting Scholars at the Centre of Development Studies

The Centre of Development Studies (CDS) Visitors Programme welcomes a small number of scholars each year. The Programme is aimed at scholars in established posts in other academic institutions and who wish to spend a short period working in Cambridge on topics related to Development Studies. 

What do we offer?

Visitors are granted access to the University’s Library and network facilities and are able to attend lectures and seminars organised by the Centre. Visiting scholars are also entitled to membership of the University Centre. We are not in a position to offer an office or desk space, secretarial services, academic supervision, housing, visa processing, living or travel expenses or other Departmental resources. 

What does it cost?

In addition to needing funds to cover living expenses, there is a bench fee of £3000 per term or £2500 over the summer, payable in advance (all figures are inclusive of VAT) to cover incidental and administrative overheads. CDS will be asking for proof that bench fees have been paid before a Visiting Scholar arrives in Cambridge.

Our academic year comprises three terms: Michaelmas (October-December), Lent (January-March) and Easter (April-June). The minimum period for a Visiting Scholar is one term, and the maximum is one year (three terms).

For those engaged in a substantial ongoing research collaboration with a CDS permanent staff member or making a major teaching contribution to the Department, this fee may be waived at the discretion of the Management Team of CDS in conjunction with the Departmental Executive Committee.


CDS does not provide accommodation, nor can it assist applicants with finding accommodation in Cambridge.

For accommodation assistance please refer to the the University of Cambridge Accommodation Service.

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.

How to apply?

Applications are considered throughout the year and should be addressed to

Applications should include:

  • A completed application form
  • An up-to-date CV/ resumé
  • A passport photograph of yourself (for University ID card)
  • An outline of the proposed research to be undertaken at Cambridge
  • A supporting letter from a permanent CDS staff member detailing the substantive research collaboration and/or teaching contribution.

Methods of Payment

Visiting Scholars accepted onto our Visiting Scholar Programme will be invoiced the appropriate bench fees approximately 4 weeks prior to their arrival. The invoice is required to be paid before arrival at the Department. We reserve the right to cancel applicants from our Visiting Scholars Programme should payment not be received. 

The preferred method of payment is via our online store>>

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. Any bank clearance charges must be added by the applicant to their International Payment Form when arranging payment transfer.

Entry to the UK and Work Permits

If you are not a person with settled status in the UK or a national of a country within the European Economic Area, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland then you will probably need a visa - this would normally be via the Academic Visitor route. More information is available here >>

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that compliance with UK immigration/visa requirements is met.