There are two categories of visitors at the Institute:

Visiting Fellows Visiting Scholars

Visiting Fellows

Generally Visiting Fellows are more senior, more distinguished academics who wish to spend a period of several months to a year working on a particular research project, often in collaboration with academic staff of the Institute. These are official appointments and must therefore be approved by the Institute's Committee of Management.

Recommendations can be made through Institute academic staff or directly in writing to the Director. Applications should include a covering letter with an outline of the proposed research and proposed dates, a C.V., and if applicable a separate research proposal. Applications should be made several months before the intended visit, so that the approval procedure may be completed, and space (which is limited) allocated.

Criteria for appointment:

  • High academic standing both in teaching and research (or in the case of practitioners, able to demonstrate the applications of research at policy level),
  • Research interests compatible with those of the Institute,
  • Planned collaboration with the members of the Institute,
  • Relevant teaching plans, and
  • Facilities available.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars may be more junior academics and anyone wishing to stay for a shorter period of time. The procedure for application is the same, but approval will be given by the Director.

Criteria for appointment:

  • Demonstratable achievements in studies,
  • Showing potential in relevant research area,
  • Research interests compatible with those of the Institute,
  • Able to provide relevant teaching to students, and
  • Facilities available.

Interested applicants should review the research areas prior to applying. If your area is predominently law related you should first approach the Faculty of Law.

Prospective Fellows and Scholars should, in the first instance, submit the relevant paperwork to the Director's PA, by email at or in writing to:

Institute of Criminology,
University of Cambridge,
Sidgwick Avenue,
CB3 9DA.

Criminology buildingOR, if you know a member of the Academic Staff whom you would like to act as referee you may send your application to them, requesting that they forward it to the Director.

All visitors are subject to the Institute's Health & Safety Policy and must provide adequate insurance.
All will have access to the Radzinowicz Library and can use the main University Library (the latter requires a letter of introduction from the Institute which can be collected on arrival).
There are no parking facilities available.

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