Introduction to CCR’s Visiting Fellow Scheme

CCR welcomes applications to our Visiting Fellow Scheme (VFS). The aim of the scheme is to foster knowledge exchange and research collaborations between CCR members and scholars from other Universities either in the UK or overseas. This scheme is available to members of staff of all levels of seniority and experience, who wish to give seminars or lectures, pursue a programme of research, forge working relationships with potential research collaborators and contribute to other aspects of the life of CCR.  CCR is one of the oldest criminology centres in the UK and Visiting Fellows (VFs) would be welcomed into our vibrant research community. For more information about the practicalities of visiting CCR and living in Sheffield see the information sheet on the right.

Whilst applications are invited from visitors within any field of criminology, preference will be given to those whose research interests are most closely matched with staff in CCR.  Whilst visiting CCR, scholars will be provided with a workspace and IT support. In order to fulfil the key objectives of the VFS, we would expect VFs to give at least one seminar whilst they are here, as well as contributing to other aspects of CCR, such as attending our regular informal and public seminar series.

Please bear in mind that it can take up to two months for the University to approve academic visitors, so it will be necessary for visitors to plan their trip as far in advance as possible. Such forward planning will also be necessary so as to fully integrate academic visitors into CCR e.g. through them giving a seminar, which are planned a year in advance.

Prospective applicants should send to Professor Shapland ( their full contact details, a curriculum vitae and covering letter setting out the proposed programme of work whilst in Sheffield, including information about dates of the proposed visit, research programme and research interests, and scholars to be visited. Fellows will also need in due course to complete the University's form to be a visiting academic.

The CCR Visiting Fellows’ bursary

In order to facilitate visits to CCR by scholars from other institutions, a bursary of up to £500 may be made available on an annual basis to help with the costs of one VF per academic year. Successful applicants will:

  • give a seminar about their work
  • be a temporary member of CCR and based in the School of Law
  • undertake a programme of work directly relevant to the research interests of one or more members of CCR
  • be resident in Sheffield for at least one week and for no more than one year
  • make all reasonable efforts to secure matched funding from their own institution or other funding source

To apply, send a curriculum vitae and covering letter outlining the programme of work to be completed whilst in Sheffield to the Director of CCR, Professor Joanna Shapland (  The covering letter must include information about the dates of the proposed visit, research programme and research interests, scholars to be visited and details of matched funding. Professor Shapland can also be contacted with any informal enquiries about this bursary.