The Associate Fellowship is intended to enable UK scholars to collaborate on issues in the humanities and social sciences relevant to the study of the Commonwealth; to provide a forum to influence national and international policy on issues relating to the fields of study of the Associate Fellows; and to advance the boundaries of research fields in the humanities and social sciences on issues relevant to the Commonwealth and its member states. It is particularly intended to foster networks and collaborations with scholars with existing affiliations and commitments elsewhere in the UK. 

Criteria for Research Associates

Applicants to the Associate Fellowship should be UK-based researchers.

Benefits available to Associate Fellows

  • Access to an active and prestigious network of like-minded scholars, enabling Associate Fellows to stay up-to-date with new developments and research trends in their fields of study and facilitating academic collaboration.
  • Associate Fellows will be invited to attend and participate in the Institute’s regular lunchtime fellows’ meetings. They will also be encouraged to attend and organise seminars, workshops and conferences at the ICWS.
  • The Institute will facilitate library access in the event that the Associate Fellow is unable to obtain this via their existing affiliation. A charge may be made for this facility. Otherwise, a bench fee will not apply and Associate Fellowships will be awarded at no cost to the applicant.


How to Apply

If you are interested in joining the network, please complete the application form and return it along with a short CV to Kay Musonda. It will then be considered by the ICWS Academic Planning Committee and you will be informed of their decision.

Please note: Associate Fellows will not gain an entitlement to office accommodation in the ICWS, nor access to the libraries or IT systems of the Institute.