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What We Provide

Our visitors may use the allocated visitors desks within the Centre and may make use of the University libraries. They may follow some lectures and seminars subject to prior consent and space permitting, and are invited to join the life of the department such as coffee mornings, social events and the CDS Seminar Series held during term. The Centre can offer only limited direct academic supervision as the Centre assumes that visitors come to Cambridge to pursue their own independent research. Visitors are expected to meet the direct costs of photocopying, printing and other consumables and costs associated with their work via bench fees.

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We are particularly interested in welcoming visitors whose research areas overlap with the interests of our own staff, therefore applications will only be considered if they are supported by a current member of academic staff in the Centre. For further information on our academics research interests, please click here.


There is a bench fee of £250 per month (plus VAT at 20%) in order to cover incidental and/or administrative expenses.

The Department does not cover any living or travel costs for visitors.


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. There is more information about this at . It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that compliance with UK immigration/visa requirements is met.


Unfortunately the Centre does not provide accommodation, nor can it assist applicants with finding accommodation in Cambridge but if you need help please log on to the University of Cambridge Accommodation Service at or contact them by email:

"It has been almost two years since the murder of Giulio Regeni in Cairo. As we approach this anniversary, we are no nearer to knowing the truth of what happened to this promising post-graduate, tortured and killed while pursuing wholly legitimate academic research... It has been especially troubling to note that, in the absence of apparent progress in investigations into Giulio’s death, attention has been turned to his doctoral supervisor, Dr Maha Abdelrahman – an honourable and distinguished scholar..." Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor. To read the message in full, please go to our News page. The message can also be found on the University of Cambridge homepage.

We are delighted and proud to see that the Centre has gone from no.8 (2015) to no.6 (2016) to no.4 (2017) in the field of Development Studies in the QS Survey. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work from everyone within the Centre.