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How to Apply

Please note that the information given below may be subject to change due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus/Covid19. Please email the PhD administrator for up to date visitor information:

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:

  • 28th September 2020 - for those wishing to visit in Lent (January) or Easter (April) 2021
  • 31st January 2021 - for those wishing to visit in Michaelmas (October) 2021

How to apply

Download the application form (see Visitor Application Form) and 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 Executive 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:

PhD Administrator,

Centre of Development Studies,

Alison Richard Building,

7 West Road,



Email: () Phone: + 44 (0)1223 334641.