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How to Apply

There are two application deadlines for Visiting Students wishing to be considered, full applications including references must be received by these dates if they are to be considered:

  • 31st January 2019 - for those wishing to visit in Michaelmas (October) 2019
  • 30th September 2019 - for those wishing to visit in Lent (January) or Easter (April) 2019

How to apply

Please send the following documents to support your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal (This should be a short outline of the proposed research you wish to carry out in Cambridge)
  • Two academic references. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ask their referees to send the references directly to us.
  • You must have a sponsor in the Department during your stay, to help us to nominate such a person please provide the name of a member of staff who you would most like to work with or whose interests have the greatest overlap with your own.

Once complete applications and references are received, they then have to be considered by the Graduate Education Committee for approval. Please see the deadlines above to ensure that your application is received in time to be considered for approval, as well as allowing visa processing time.

All applications should be addressed to Centre Administrator, Centre of Development Studies, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT (Email:; phone: + 44 (0)1223 337158).

Download Application form for Visiting Students/ Scholars/ Fellows

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