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Centre of Development Studies


Please note that the information given below may be subject to change due to the impact of Covid19. Please email the Visitor coordinator for further information. ( You will need a sponsor within the Centre who has agreed to sponsor you before you apply.

The Centre of Development Studies has a Visiting Scholars programme which welcomes a limited number of scholars and researchers to the Department each year. The programme is aimed at scholars in established posts in other Universities or similar academic institutions who are on study leave, who wish to spend short periods working in Cambridge on topics related to Development Studies. The Department will also consider applications from Visiting Students in the final stages of their PhD studies. Visitors are given a title from one of three categories depending on their status and experience:

  • Visiting Students - in the latter stages of their PhD studies.*
  • Visiting Scholars - hold a doctorate, and are usually in a teaching position in a university elsewhere with a proven track record of research.
  • Visiting Fellows - senior academics with a major research and publications record.

Visiting Scholar and Visiting Fellow visits can be for up to one year depending on individual circumstances.

Normally, visiting student status is given for one term in the first instance but students may apply to have this extended to a maximum of two terms. The academic year at Cambridge comprises of three terms: Michaelmas (October - December), Lent (January - March) and Easter (April - June).

Competition for places is tough and a high standard of applications is expected, therefore the Department prefers Visiting Students who wish to apply to have an average GPA of 3.6 or above.