Research Affiliates Network

The RLI Research Affiliates network provides a forum for doctoral students and early career researchers working on refugee law topics to engage with other doctoral students and researchers in academic exchanges relating to research and developments in the field. The Research Affiliate scheme is open to any researcher registered on a programme of doctorate on a relevant topic at the time of application, or those who've recently completed a PhD.

Research Affiliates are actively encouraged to attend RLI events and to take the lead on initiating their own events and projects through the RLI, for which support may be available. The RLI will host a remote meeting of Research Affiliates once/term to facilitate network development.

If you are interested in joining the network, please send the following documents to

  1.  A Cover Letter
  2.  Scanned Proof of your Doctoral enrolment from your Academic Institution.
  3.  A copy of your CV
  4.  A photograph
  5.  Your email address and other communication details that you may wish to include (e.g. website, twitter)
  6.  A 3-4 sentence profile of your experience and interests. It may be helpful to include a web-link to your profile page on your supervising institution website.
  7.  The title of your PhD thesis and affiliation.
  8.  A list of recent publications, if applicable.


Visiting Fellows

This scheme is available to individuals working in an area of interest to the Refugee Law Initiative who wish to undertake research here. Visiting Fellows are expected to participate fully in the activities of the RLI by attending and organising Seminars and Conferences, giving occasional papers and by making themselves available for consultation by students.

Visiting Fellows are attached to the RLI for the period of their tenure and are given full use of the RLI's and Institute of Commonwealth Studies' facilities, including access to the Senate House Libraries, institutional email, and office space on a hot-desking policy. Furthermore, Fellows are encouraged to include their details in the SAS-Directory of Research and Expertise as well as to make use of the SAS online repository service, SAS-Space.

Please see the Fellowships Policy and Guidance for Applicants before applying.

Please note that a bench fee of £2,600 per year (applied pro rata) applies to all Visiting Research Fellows who wish to visit the RLI to undertake research for a period of time. If you feel there is a compelling reason for why this fee should not be applied in your case, please explain this in the application form. 

Applications should be sent to and should include:

  • a completed application form
  • an up to date CV
  • two references
  • a short statement of the research to be undertaken during the period of the proposed Fellowship and/or publications expected to result from it.

If you wish to apply for an extension to your Visiting Research Fellowship, please download the Extension Form and send it to

Tenure: 3 Months to 1 Year

*Please note that the Institute cannot provide accommodation for Visiting Fellows and successful candidates must make their own arrangements for accommodation for the duration of their tenure.