The Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair is open to distinguished academics specialising in Commonwealth Studies currently in post at a University, or an equivalent institution, in a Commonwealth nation (not including the UK), who wish to spend between three and six consecutive months between September and June of any academic year visiting the Institute.

Further Particulars

Visiting Chairs are expected to:

Contribute to .the scholarly activity of the Institute and the broader School of Advanced Study and develop their own research;

Deliver the Institute’s Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair Lecture. Please note that lectures may be filmed to be broadcast online (any reservations about this should be expressed at the point of application);

Participate in and organise events within the Institute and to deliver a number of research papers and lectures at other UK universities outside the capital;

Maintain online details of their Fellowship on the Institute’s website and in the School’s Directory of Research and Expertise;

Produce a short report, up to 500 words, outlining the activities and outputs of their tenure, for use by the Institute in publicity work, for instance being posted on the Institute’s website;

Produce a longer report, up to 3,000 words, giving full and comprehensive details of the research undertaken, the findings of that research, the sources consulted and future research intentions; this report will be used for internal reporting processes within the School and University of London;

Acknowledge, in all resulting research outputs (presentations, reports, publications etc) the role of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and the School of Advanced Study in providing facilities and resources needed to undertake the research;

Observe the policies, procedures and processes of the Institute, the School and the University, including (but not limited to) those pertaining to health and safety, security, data protection, equality and diversity, IT security, IT code of conduct and the University Ordinances. Copies of such policies and appropriate guidance will be available to Fellows upon arrival at the Institute. Failure to observe these policies may result in the immediate termination of the award.

Publications containing results of work done with the aid of an Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair should be reported to the Institute and should include adequate acknowledgement. Visiting Chairs will also be encouraged, where appropriate, to deposit one or more items in SAS-Space to mark their tenure in London;

Visiting Professors are asked to provide a brief biography for use by the Institute in connection with the programme. They will also be invited to maintain contact with the Institute and it is hoped that an alumni network will grow over the years as further Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Professors take up their tenure.  They will also be required to inform the Institute about any outputs (including, for example, publications and lectures) arising from their tenure at the Institute.

The holding of any other temporary appointment concurrently with the fellowship requires the written permission of the Director of the Institute. Please note that when undertaking any other activities during the tenure period, the title of the Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Professor and Institute affiliation must be clearly acknowledged.


The Anyaoku Chair will receive access to shared office and research space within Senate House, located in Bloomsbury, the heart of intellectual London. The Visiting Chair will have access to a desktop computer with email and internet facilities, direct-dial telephones, and reasonable usage of stationery, printing, postage and photocopying facilities for research-related purposes. Senate House is adjacent to the British Museum and within walking distance of the British Library, as well as being close to numerous other libraries of University of London colleges.

The Anyaoku Chair will have borrowing rights for Senate House Libraries, which includes the Commonwealth Studies collection. A dedicated librarian is available to help with research and access to resources. 

Financial Arrangements

In respect of this Visiting Professorship, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies will pay:

For the cost of return travel to London (economy class) from the holder’s point of origin at the start and end of the period of tenure;

For the cost of the Visiting Professor’s internal travel within the UK to regional UK universities, as well as hotel accommodation and reasonable subsistence associated with such travel;

For the cost of residential accommodation in a property owned and managed by the University of London (arrangements will be made by the Institute);

Reasonable office costs incurred as during the tenure, including office materials, stationery, phone calls, photocopying, printing and postage; and

A monthly stipend of £1,000 GBP*

It should be noted that the above payments do not preclude the Visiting Professor from undertaking other paid employment, paid separately, provided that the aims of the scheme are not compromised.

*please note that, depending on individual fellows' circumstances, this stipend may in some instances be taxed in accordance with HMRC regulations.

Entry to the UK

Please note that the successful candidate will be responsible for their own arrangements with regard to the right to enter the UK, including acquiring an appropriate visa and other identity documentation. The Institute can make small efforts in this regard, for instance by writing open letters confirming the status of the fellowship, but the primary responsibility remains with the successful candidate.

For further information on this point, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

How to Apply

Applications for the academic year 2016/17 are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 will open in 2017.

To apply, candidates should send a CV and covering letter to The covering letter should explain the outcomes that the applicant seeks to gain from holding the Chair, the benefits to his/her ‘home’ institution, the benefits to the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and should include a clear statement of the research project that the applicant would undertake if successful.