Lucy Cavendish welcomes as Visiting Scholars women* from other academic institutions who are in the early stages of their career in research, including current PhD students. The College also welcomes a limited number of independent scholars under this category.

Visiting Scholars participate in the intellectual and social life of the College and are encouraged to join the Fellows and students at research evenings, College lectures, seminars and workshops. They are also welcome to join the College community at lunch and dinner.  Visiting Scholars are offered five free lunches or suppers per week plus one dinner (Formal Hall) per fortnight. It is also hoped Visiting Scholars will support student activities where appropriate.  

Recent Visiting Scholars have included: Dr Tamani Shimada, Associate Professor, Yamagata University; Miss Vicky Gray, University of Western Australia Project Co-Ordinator; Ms Louisa Sollner, Lecturer, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich

Visiting Scholars have use of the Fellows’ Combination Room,  a library study carrel in the College library, and the shared Fellows’ room which has its own IT facilities. They also have access to the Student Common Room and recreational amenities including the College gym and music pavilion. Accommodation and/or a share of a private study may be provided, if available.  (Accommodation is charged at the junior rate, to PhD students, and the senior rate, to those further advanced in their academic career; see further particulars for details concerning rent).

Visiting Scholars are expected to be in residence for at least one term and their tenure cannot normally be extended beyond one academic or calendar year. The position of Visiting Scholar is awarded on a competitive basis and there will not normally be more than ten Visiting Scholars in residence at any one time.

Visiting Scholars who do not fall under the aegis of a formal exchange agreement are charged £625 per term and £150 per month during the long vacation to cover the cost of providing college services and facilities; other meals in addition to those provided free of charge would be charged at junior rate.  Please see further details for more information.

Process of Application:

Applicants should provide an up-to-date CV and list of publications, the names and contact details of two referees, information about their proposed affiliation (if any) to a University Department, Centre or Research establishment and an outline of their project while in Cambridge. Applications and references should be sent electronically to: from whom further details can be obtained.

Applications should be submitted by 1 April in the academic year before the Visiting Scholar intends to be in Cambridge (ie 1 April 2018 for a Visiting Scholar in the academic year 2018-19)

*Equality Act 2010, Lucy Cavendish College has exemption from the provisions relating to Sex Discrimination.