Information for Academic Visitors

The Department of Computer Science welcomes applications from UK and international researchers who wish to spend time in the Department as Academic Visitors.

As a visitor you will form part of the academic community of the Department, and be informed by and contribute to our research activities. It is expected that your proposed research will align with one of our four departmental research themes and ideally, you would have a particular academic in the department who you would like to work with and could introduce you to the department.

You will have a formal attachment to the Department, giving you access to various facilities as detailed below. The Department assumes that visitors will come to York to pursue independent research and does not provide or arrange any academic supervision. The role involves no remuneration.

Facilities

The following are provided for academic visitors:

  • access to a desk in a shared office within the department buildings;
  • a University of York email address and limited access to the University's computing facilities, including Google G Suite;
  • access to cloud-based printing, copying and scanning facilities;
  • use of the University Library;
  • admission to research seminars and other public events.

Duration and timing of visit

We are happy to consider durations of any length but typically visits are between three months and one year. It is best to visit during term time when almost all academics and their researchers are usually at the University.  Term dates are published on the University's website. If you are visiting during vacations, you should make sure that the staff that you are hoping to work with are around when you are here. Note also that particularly during the long summer vacation, libraries have shorter opening hours.

Fees

Normally, a visitor pays a fee at the rate of £3,000 for 12 months and pro rata for shorter stays. For visits of less than six weeks, no fee is expected. If you do not have specific funding for bench fees, we would be happy to discuss a fee-waiver with you ahead of your application.

Application procedure

Before applying, you are advised to discuss your research interests with a member of academic staff in the Department of Computer Science at York who would be suitable to host your visit. Their contact details can be found here.

To apply, please read the information below, and then submit the following documents to cs-visitors@york.ac.uk:

  • A letter of application (no more than 1500 words), giving details of your research interests and indicating why it would be useful to spend time at the Department of Computer Science at York and how your work links with our research themes;
  • A CV (1 – 2 pages), including details of your current position at your home institution;
  • A letter of recommendation from your Head of Department, or another senior academic who is familiar with you and your work;
  • A clear indication of how you intend to pay the fee, where necessary.

Visas

The Department cannot provide advice on visas. For more information on visa applications, please visit the UKVI website

If you require a visa to enter the UK, it is essential that you seek advice on how to obtain the correct visa to suit the purpose of your visit. Please note that we are obliged to check right to work status even if you are not directly employed by the University. 

Accommodation

The Department is unable to help with accommodation. Please contact Accommodation Services for more information.