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The Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies

- the research arm of the Department of Architecture

Studying at Cambridge


Visiting Scholars

The Martin Centre welcomes applications from international scholars - from postdoctoral to more established visiting fellows - to spend time in the Centre as visiting scholars and interact at the heart of this research environment. Normally visiting scholars will spend from one week to a full academic year in Cambridge.


Applicants need to be sponsored by a member of academic staff in the Department of Architecture and will normally be attached to an Institute of Higher Learning in their home country. In most cases Visiting Scholars will be at a minimum of post-doctorate level or a more advanced level. Research undertaken during the visit will be connected to some aspect of research being carried out in or of particular interest to the Martin Centre. Please see a list of current projects here:

Application process:

In the first instance, prospective applicants should contact their potential sponsor directly.  Some discussion with the sponsor may be necessary and sufficient time should be allowed for this. If the member of academic staff agrees to act as a sponsor, the following application procedure will be used.

The application should include the following:

  • A letter containing the current post, home institution or employer and address, as well as the proposed dates for the visit.

  • A summary of the proposed research including an outline of the research aims and how the work will relate to the Martin Centre research activities; this should be no more than two A4 pages.

  • An academic Curriculum Vitae.

In preparing the material, the sponsor should be consulted and ultimately approve it. Once it has been approved by the sponsor, the applicant should send it to the Martin Centre (email address) where it will then be submitted to the Faculty Research Committee for consideration. The Research Committee meets once a term.

Should an application be successful, the applicant will then be contacted by the Martin Centre Secretary with instructions to confirm the visit. The number of enquiries and applications far exceeds the number of scholars the Martin Centre can accommodate.

Please note there are a limited number of places for each academic year.


Visiting Scholars should expect to pay £600 + VAT per term. Administration and facilities will be determined after approval of the visitor’s application. This does not include accommodation or living costs. Successful applicants may wish to contact the University Newcomers and Visiting Scholars Group here:


Most foreign (Non-EU) visiting scholars will need to obtain a visa to pursue their research at the University. Applicants should advise the Research Secretary/ Sponsor whether they will need to apply for a Visa.

Prior to the Visit commencing:

Visiting Scholars will need to source and pay for their own accommodation for the duration of their stay, as well as apply for any Visas that are required. Successful applicants will also need to apply for permission from their own institute of higher learning for leave to attend. In addition, prior to the beginning of the Visiting Scholar’s stay the individual will need to agree to the Martin Centre terms and conditions for the duration of the stay. An official letter will be issued.

For more information about University support for newcomers and visiting scholars please visit: