Visiting International Fellowship 2018

The Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, has established a Visiting International Fellowship (VIF) to foster the development of sociological research methods. Between one and three Fellowships are awarded by competition each year. Applicants should demonstrate their focus on methodological issues, including the innovative nature of their methodological work, and indicate how they would collaborate with colleagues at Surrey during the VIF.

Fellowship information

The awards are open to those who would value the opportunity to advance methodological understanding, for example by reflecting on methods used in previous empirical research, by validating existing or new methodological procedures, or by reviewing and synthesising methodological approaches. 'Methods' is interpreted widely, ranging from statistical techniques to innovations in qualitative analysis. The VIF is intended for established scholars, who are normally at least 5 years post doctorate.

An award of £2,500 will be made as a contribution towards travel and subsistence expenses incurred in holding the Fellowship. It is expected that VIF award-holders will normally be on paid leave of absence from their employment. Award-holders should be prepared to visit the Department on one or two occasions during the academic year with a duration of about one month in total. VIFs will become honorary Research Fellows of the University of Surrey and be entitled to use the University Library and make use of University facilities. The holder of a fellowship is usually permanently resident outside the United Kingdom.

The Department specialises in social research methods and was highly ranked in terms of the proportion of 'World Class' research in the UK Research Excellence Assessment (REF 2014). The Department of Sociology at Surrey is a centre of methodological expertise and specialises in research methods for the application of social research to contemporary society. It promotes high methodological standards and new developments in methodology for the social science research community. The Department is the home of CAQDAS, an internationally acclaimed centre for Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software, and is well known for its work on the secondary analysis of large data sets, and work on online research methods. Other methodological specialisms include the computer simulation of social phenomena (CRESS) and cross-national comparisons. The Department publishes the quarterly Social Research Update online and houses the office of the journal Sociological Research Online.

Former VIF holders include

  • 2016 Peter Davis, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2015 Paula Carder, Portland State University, USA
  • 2014 Michael Agar, University of Maryland, USA
  • 2014 Rainer Hegselmann, Bayreuth University, Germany
  • 2013 Kitty te Riele, Victoria University, Australia
  • 2012 David Morgan, Portland State University, USA
  • 2012 Brenda Gladstone, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2012 Gerd Wagner, Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany
  • 2011 Linda Williams, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
  • 2010 Warren Thorngate, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2010 Carl Roberts, Iowa State University, Ames, USA
  • 2009 Jin-Kyu Jung, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA
  • 2009 Bob Belli, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
  • 2008 Ming Yan, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
  • 2008 César Cisneros, UAM Iztapalapa, Mexico
  • 2008 Tom W Smith, NORC, Chicago
  • 2007 Seppo Laaksonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2007 Luis Antunes, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • 2006 Pat Bazeley, Research Support Pty Ltd., Australia
  • 2005 Edith de Leeuw, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2004 Irwin Deutscher, University of Akron, Ohio
  • 2004 Giampietro Gobo, University of Milan, Italy
  • 2003 Norman Blaikie, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • 2003 David De Vaus, La Trobe University, Australia
  • 2002 Ed Brent, University of Missouri, USA
  • 2001 Susanne Friese, Copenhagen Business School
  • 2000 Mitchell Weiss, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel
  • 2000 Frank Falk, University of Akron, USA.


To apply, download an application form.

Applications should be sent by email as an attachment to Louise Jones, VIF Administrator.

Closing date for VIF applications for 2018 is 30 September 2017.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Andrew King.