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Guest Researcher Programme

The School of Global Studies’ (SGS) research strategy focuses on developing and maintaining a vibrant research culture for staff and graduate students through activities, facilities and exchange. The School runs a Guest Research Programme (for post-graduate researchers; Guest Research Fellow or Guest Professor) for a wide range of academics who wish to contribute to and participate in the School’s work and who have active support from an academic sponsor at the School. Guest Researchers may be associated with SGS as a whole or with one of the research groups or disciplines. Guest Researchers may engage in a wide range of activities organized within the School and they are expected to participate in and contribute to its collaborative research culture.

A. Guest Researchers’ Programme Objectives

The Guest Researchers Programme is intended:

  • To actively contribute to the School’s research environment and postgraduate programme.
  • To give established staff and doctoral students at SGS a chance to work with leading academics and professionals from Sweden or elsewhere.
  • To give academics an opportunity to collaborate in joint research with colleagues at SGS.
  • To develop and promote links with other institutions, governments and organizations in Sweden and overseas.

B. Duration

Minimum stay of 1 month. Applicants who do not intend to stay for a whole academic year are advised to plan their stay to cover one or more of Gothenburg university’s two semesters, as colleagues are less likely to be available outside of these dates (preferably 1st of September – 20th December, or 1st of February – 31st of May). Guest Researchers who plan to stay for a shorter period cannot apply for funding from SGS and they will only be assigned a workroom if space permits.

C. Guest Researchers’ Contribution

Guest Researchers will be asked to contribute to one or more of the following SGS activities according to the length of their stay:

  • Collaborate on a research project with a staff member at the School.
  • Participate in one of the research groups and/or disciplines within SGS (e.g seminars, workshops, conferences).
  • Co-author an article or other publication with a staff member of the School.
  • Develop a research proposal to apply for an external funding award through the School.
  • Contribute to the graduate and/or undergraduate programme by holding a special seminar or similar activity.

D. Role of Academic Host from the School of Global Studies

It is essential for the visitor to have identified and corresponded with an academic host who is a full SGS academic staff member (professor, lecturer, researcher or PhD candidate) before submitting his/her formal application. The host is obliged to ensure that the visitor is integrated into the work of the Department, for instance in a research group, so that they can benefit fully from their stay. Before agreeing to act in this capacity, prospective hosts are encouraged to read the following guidelines:

Hosts at the School of Global Studies are expected to:

  • Communicate with the guest researcher prior to their formal application to the SGS to discuss collaboration and activities that would be appropriate for proposal on the Guest Researchers’ Application Form.
  • Play an active role in the introduction of the Guest Researcher to the SGS environment, including providing introductions to relevant colleagues and informing the guest of activities that they may wish to participate in (research groups, research seminars, workshops, informal gatherings).
  • Engage the Guest Researcher in co-authoring publications, organizing and participating in events and developing contacts and networks.
  • If the Guest Researcher is contributing to teaching at SGS, to introduce them to relevant academic office holders and course administrators/directors.


It is the responsibility of the host to refer to the Head of the Department well ahead of the Guest Researcher’s arrival so that practical arrangements for receiving new staff can be made. Special arrangements may be necessary for Guest Researchers from abroad. The host should refer the Guest Researcher to the responsible Project Coordinator at the Department about practical arrangements (Gustav Rudd). The host should also inform the Guest Researcher about the International Office at the University of Gothenburg (that can assist the Guest Researcher with more general practical arrangements, related to living in Sweden and social security and welfare provisions).

E. Finance

The School of Global Studies does not provide a salary to Guest Researchers. Guest researchers should normally apply for research funding schemes through their home department or other funders. This Guest Research Programme provides funding for travel and accommodation costs for a limited number of Guests. Each applicant must motivate their request for funding in the application and include a budget.

F. Guest Researcher Profiles, Reporting and Feedback

Guest Researchers will be asked to provide SGS with a short biography and a statement of what they intend to do during their visit before they arrive; this information is posted on the research section of the SGS website.

Early in their visit Guest Researchers will be asked to meet with the Head of the School of Global Studies, the Administrator as well as relevant Academic Staff.

At the end of their stay Guest Researchers are asked to provide an activity report to be attached to their web profile, providing an overview of activities and outputs and how they have contributed to SGS research during their visit. The host at SGS will also be asked to provide some feedback on the outcome of the visit.

G. Procedures

Before completing an application form, prospective Guest Researchers need to identify and contact a full member of SGS who is willing to act as their host. Prospective Guest Researchers should discuss with their host the possibilities of contributing to SGS in their area of research and this should be included on the application form.

The host will be involved in inducting their approved Guest Researcher into SGS, particularly by introducing them to research groups, key staff and graduate students and they should provide guidance and contacts for the duration of the visitor’s stay.

Applicants must complete the Guest Researchers’ Programme Application Form and send it, along with a research proposal, CV and a letter of support from an established full member of staff, to the Administrative Office, School of Global Studies, P.O. Box 700, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden, or electronically to gustav.rudd@globalstudies.gu.se. The dates of submission are 15th of October (for spring semester) and 15th of April (for autumn semester).

Applications will be considered by the Steering Committee at the School of Global Studies.

Application form

Use this application form to apply for the Guest Researcher Programme at the School of Global Studies.

Application form Guest Researcher Programme

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