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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Francisco Barros Rodríguez
Francisco Barros Rodríguez is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology of the University of Granada, Spain. He has a Bachelor of Sociology (2010) and Labour Sciences (2012), and a Masters in Social Problems: Leadership and Management of Social Programs (2011). His academic interests focus on issues of Moroccan labour migration, industrial relocation and the labour market. He has also researched residential segregation of immigrants, globalization and migration to Europe.
His PhD research, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, explores impacts on the migratory path and work of Moroccans in Spain, depending on whether they have worked in the export industry in their origin country or, in contrast, gained experience in another profession. The research pays special attention to the processes of industrial relocation in northern Morocco.
Ali Chaudhary is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. His research interests lie at the intersection of international migration, political-economic sociology and race and ethnic studies. Under the supervision of Luis E. Guarnizo and Fred Block, his dissertation comparatively analyzes how national state policies and local contexts facilitate or prevent migrant-serving non-profit organizations’ transnational engagement. Specifically, Ali examines this relationship in the three largest destinations of Pakistani migration in Europe and North America: London, New York and Toronto. In his inquiry, Ali combines several data gathering strategies, including official aggregate data on Pakistani immigrants, in-depth interviews with organization leaders, government officials and individual migrants, as well as data on the mission, organizational structure, and composition of Pakistani organizations. As part of his analysis, he is constructing a new dataset of Pakistani migrant-serving organizations to compare how their size, scale, diversity, internal dynamics, and transnational engagement vary across these three locations. While conducting his dissertation research, Ali has been a visiting scholar at the Monk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Department of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
In addition, Ali is also currently working on a number of migration-related papers including a study of political transnational engagement among Colombian and Dominican migrants in Spain and Italy (with Luis E. Guarnizo), a study of Muslim American attitudes towards politically motivated violence (with Gabriel Acevedo), and an analysis of self-employment among immigrants and their offspring in the United States. He has also been an assistant to Phil Martin and the UC Davis-Gifford Center for Population Studies and serves as the graduate coordinator for the Gifford Migration Workgroup.
Find out more about our previous Visiting Fellows.