Visiting Scholar Scheme in International Studies

The School of International Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) invites applications for our Visiting Scholars programme. There are two types of visiting scholars: the Visiting Scholar in Residence (VSR) and the Virtual Visiting Scholar (VVS).

Two Visiting Scholars in Residence (VSR):

These positions includes transportation, accommodation, and a research stipend. The Visiting Scholar residency is 2-3 months in duration (exact date range chosen by the Scholar), and there are two positions to be held during Semester 2 (March 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022).

Please note that, due to present Covid-19 travel restrictions, we will only accept applications from domestic or international candidates who are currently residing in China and do not need a visa.

People who are currently employed by another institution will need a consent letter from their current employer if they will be based at UNNC for more than a week or will come at multiple times.

One Virtual Visiting Scholar (VVS):

This position includes affiliation and a research stipend. The Virtual Visiting Scholar scheme also lasts for 2-3 months in duration (exact date range chosen by the Scholar), and there is one position to be held during Semester 2 (March 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022).

The aim of these awards is to foster research collaboration with members of staff in the School. During the residency, the scholar will undertake their research and collaborate with one or more members of the staff in the School of International Studies on a research project (proposed by the Visiting Scholar) that will result in a publication and/or a grant application. They will also deliver one lecture for our School’s UG and PG students and will give one presentation to the wider University on their research as part of our Invited Speakers programme. There are no further teaching or administrative responsibilities.

The award is competitive, and will be based on the proposed research proposal and the applicant’s CV. Applicants should have already been awarded their PhD degrees and have expertise relevant to International Studies, which includes politics and international relations broadly conceived, history, heritage and public history, anthropology, ethnology, sociology, public policy, archeology or religious studies. (see:

Application Instructions

To apply, contact a member of staff to discuss your research proposal. Then, please send the following in an email addressed to the School:

  1. Covering letter - please state the proposed Visiting Scholar Scheme (VSR or VVS), the proposed length of residency (maximum 3 months), and suggested dates
  2. Research proposal detailing your proposed research project, intended output(s), and the member(s) of staff that you have contacted [maximum of 500 words]
  3. CV
  4. Email addresses of two referees

The call closes on Monday, January 17, 2022 at noon (Beijing Standard Time). The Visiting Scholar committee will aim to make their decisions by February 1, 2022.

For further information about the research interests of members of staff, please consult the staff webpages or contact members directly.

About the University: The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign University to open its doors in China. This award-winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of 8,000 in just 15 years. The School of International Studies is the only school in China that offers joint honours history and politics/international relations degrees on BA, MA and PhD levels, and is affiliated to the Department of History and the School of Politics and International Relations at the Nottingham campus. The School of International Studies hosts two Research Centres, the Centre for Advanced International Studies and the Global Institute for Silk Road Studies. The School also works closely together with the Institute for Asia and Pacific Studies at UNNC and with the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute in the UK. More information about the School of International Studies and its members can be found here: