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The Centre welcomes applications from scholars and practitioners who wish to spend a period of time engaged in research on issues of European law.  While the Centre has particular expertise in the realm of European Union law, applications are also welcome in the fields of comparative law and European human rights law (including Council of Europe instruments).

Application Process

In order to manage our visitors’ programme, we ask that applicants read our FAQ's (below) and submit the following materials:

  • A curriculum vitae including a publications list.
  • A research proposal of no more than three pages of A4, including a 500 word abstract.
  • A statement of why you wish to visit CELS and how the research to be undertaken will contribute to the intellectual life of the Centre.
  • A statement of how you intend to fund the stay in Cambridge throughout the duration of the visit (including payment of the Faculty's Bench Fee as listed in our FAQ's).

CELS operates a two-call process for visitors annually. Those wishing to visit during Michaelmas term (2025) are required to submit their applications by 12.00pm Friday 3 January 2025. Those wishing to visit during Lent or Easter term (2025) should submit their applications by 12.00pm Friday 17th May 2024.    An email containing all the required material should be submitted to Applications that are not complete will not be considered.  

The Centre can accept up to five visiting fellowships in any one academic year. In view of the limited number of places available, the visitors' scheme is not open to anyone who is undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate study.   Postgraduate students who have a need to use the research facilities of the law library may request to visit the Squire Law Library by contacting the law librarian, Mr David Wills.

The purpose of a visit is to facilitate research and reflection on any aspect of European law. Our expectation is that a visitor will give a presentation of the work in progress and submit a paper to a working paper series after the conclusion of the visit. Papers may also be considered for publication in the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies.