Our Visiting Fellows Scheme aims to:
- Provide an opportunity for researchers and doctoral students who are working in areas of interest to IMI’s research programme, to visit IMI and carry out a period of independent, self-directed research
- Be of mutual benefit to both IMI and the Visitor, providing an opportunity for visitors to engage in IMI’s research culture and strengthen the basis for possible future collaboration. Visitors will be able to attend IMI weekly seminars. There is an expectation that they will present their work in an IMI seminar and submit a proposal to IMI’s Working Papers series.
Visiting Fellows are offered:
- a temporary university card and email account
- access to academic facilities at the Department of International Development and Social Science Division such as libraries, seminars etc.
- a link person within IMI who will be the Visitor’s main academic contact (although no direct research supervision will be provided)
- desk space can be offered for an additional fee, depending on space availability (see below)
An IMI Visiting Fellow has no official affiliation to the University of Oxford and the association is designed for periods of independent, self-directed research work. It is not a training course, nor is it applicable for people wishing to apply for a student visa to study on a course. Unfortunately IMI is unable to assist with visa applications. Visitors can request a certificate of attendance at the end of their period with IMI.
Visiting Fellowship applications are normally accepted only from academic visitors (people affiliated with universities or comparable research institutions); however, applications from non-academics will be accepted in exceptional cases if the Department of International Development (in which IMI is based) is persuaded that a visit would contribute directly or indirectly to its academic work.
Fees and funding
Each Visiting Fellow will contribute £300 per term in Departmental fees. Travel and subsistence costs while in Oxford must be covered by the Visiting Fellow. Fellows are expected to find their own accommodation; IMI cannot provide or arrange accommodation. Rooms in shared houses in Oxford cost about £400 per month, plus lighting and heating. Rental accommodation in Oxford is in very high demand and Visiting Fellows are strongly advised to make the necessary arrangements as early as possible.
If space is available, a workstation within IMI can be provided at a fee of £1,200 per term (including the £300 departmental fee). Applicants should state on their application form whether or not they will require desk space.
Visiting Fellows normally stay with us for one or two terms. Anyone interested in applying should contact IMI's administrative officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a brief description of your work, the reason for wanting to visit IMI and the name of the IMI research staff member who you would like to act as your 'link person'. (See IMI People).
If your application is of interest to the team, we will contact you and ask you to fill in a more detailed application form which you will need to submit together with your curriculum vitae and a 500-word outline of your proposed study or research at IMI.
Your application will then be submitted to the Department of International Development’s Affiliations Committee for a final decision. There is a rolling application process with three deadlines each year: these are currently 7 January 2013, 15 April 2013 and 7 October 2013.
For further information about IMI’s Visiting Fellows scheme, please contact Briony Truscott at email@example.com
Camila Baraldi is a PhD Candidate at Department of International Relations of University of São Paulo, and a Law bachelor in Brazil as well as in Europe. Her PhD thesis investigates the immigration policy in Brazil and Mercosur. Brazil doesn’t have a clear immigration policy and is at an interesting juncture, where the number of emigrants equals that of immigrants - around 2 million. Also, some sectors are experiencing a shortage of labour, due to Brazil’s lack of a skilled labour force in those areas. Our immigration legislation is from the 1980’s, a period when Brazil was under a military dictatorship, and currently is not able to address this situation. There exist proposals to change the legislation but, though its importance is clear, it is not yet sufficiently big to motivate the politicians. Though Brazilian politics has been slow to move on this issue, there have been significant changes regarding it within Mercosur. Investigating what is behind this apparent contradiction is the aim of her thesis.
Marcin Galent is assistant professor at the Institute of European Studies. He holds a PhD in sociology from Jagiellonian University and teaches courses in European social policy, social and cultural aspects of European integration, nationalism, multiculturalism, citizenship and migration. He has studied and has conducted research at University of Cambridge, University of Leuven, University of Osaka, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Oxford. His current research focuses on relation between migration, Europeanisation, and identity formation processes. He is a leader of the international research project: Migration and Europeanisation. European Identity Building in an Institutional and Interactive Perspective.
Antonina Levatino is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), holding a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN). She is member of the MAFE-Project, of DEMOSOC and of GRITIM. After an internship in the sector "French Politics" of the Italian Embassy in France, she worked in 2008 as scientific collaborator at the Centre of Cultural and General Studies (ZAK) of the University of Karlsruhe (Germany). More recently, she has been doing an internship at the UNESCO's Section on International Migration and Multicultural Policies in Paris. Last year she worked as a Visiting Researcher at the Chair of Sociology 1 of the Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg. Her doctoral project aims to improve understanding on the phenomenon of high‐skilled migration, focusing in particular on the impact of the internationalization of higher education (especially of the offshore provision of educational services and universities’ cooperation programs on high-skilled migration flows.
Aysen Üstübici is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Koc University. She is writing her PhD on migration and citizenship policies in the context of Morocco and Turkey under the supervision of Prof. Ahmet İçduygu. By conducting interviews in state departments and by focusing on how migrants conceive of their legal status, her research aims to reveal the interaction between the implementation of laws and the emigrants' and immigrants' experience of citizenship and legal status in Turkey and Morocco. She has actively participated in the quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis in different parts of Turkey in the context of the EUMAGINE project. As she compares Morocco and Turkey and is interested on the impact of mobility transition and broader social transformation on migration policies, she believes that the visiting fellow scheme at IMI will highly contribute to her own research.