[Air-L] Visiting International Fellowship in research methods at Surrey

Christine Hine christine.hine at btinternet.com
Tue Sep 10 01:41:15 PDT 2013

VISITING INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP in social research methods for visits in
calendar year 2014


The Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, United
Kingdom, has established a Visiting International Fellowship (VIF) to foster
the development of sociological research methods. Between one and three
Fellowships are awarded by competition each year. Applicants for the
Fellowship will be established scholars in social science with a track
record in a field of social research methodology. They will normally hold,
or recently have held, an established academic appointment in social
science. The Fellowship committee regrets that it cannot consider
applications from candidates seeking training or the updating of
methodological skills. The VIF is intended for established scholars who are
normally at least 5 years post doctorate.

Former VIF holders include: David Morgan (Portland State), David De Vaus (La
Trobe), Ed Brent (Missouri), Norman Blaikie (Emeritus, Universiti Sains
Malaysia), Irwin Deutscher (Akron), Edith de Leeuw (Utrecht), Seppo
Laaksonen (Helsinki), Luis Antunes (Lisbon), Ming Yan (Beijing), Cesar
Cisneros (Mexico), Tom W Smith (Chicago), Bob Belli (Lincoln), Jin-Kyu Jung
(Grand Forks), Carl Roberts (Iowa), Warren Thorngate (Ottawa), Linda
Williams (Massachusetts Lowell) and Gerd Wagner (Germany).

The awards are open to those who would value the opportunity to advance
methodological understanding, for example by reflecting on methods used in
previous empirical research, by validating existing or new methodological
procedures, or by reviewing and synthesising methodological approaches.
'Methods' may be interpreted widely, to include, for example, statistical
techniques and conversation and discourse analysis. Proposals for
collaborative research with members of the Department of Sociology are
especially welcome.

Applications from female and ethnic minority candidates are particularly

An award of £2,500 will be made as a contribution towards travel and
subsistence expenses incurred in holding the Fellowship.  It is expected
that VIF award-holders will normally be on paid leave of absence from their
employment.  Award-holders should be prepared to visit the Department on one
or two occasions during the academic year with a duration of about one month
in total. VIFs will become honorary Research Fellows of the University of
Surrey and be entitled to use the University Library and make use of
University facilities. The holder of a Fellowship is usually permanently
resident outside the United Kingdom.

The Department of Sociology at Surrey is a centre of methodological
expertise and specialises in research methods for the application of social
research to contemporary society. It promotes high methodological standards
and new developments in methodology for the social science research
community.  The Department is the home of CAQDAS
0&URL=http%3a%2f%2fcaqdas.soc.surrey.ac.uk%2f> , an internationally
acclaimed centre for Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software,
and is well known for its work on the secondary analysis of large data sets,
and work on online research methods. Other methodological specialisms
include the computer simulation of social phenomena (CRESS
0&URL=http%3a%2f%2fcress.soc.surrey.ac.uk%2f> ) and cross-national
comparison. The Department publishes the quarterly Social Research Update
0&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.soc.surrey.ac.uk%2fsru%2f>  online and houses the
office of the journal Sociological Research Online
0&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.socresonline.org.uk%2f> . Applications should be sent
by email to Louise Jones, VIF Administrator,  Email: l.jones at surrey.ac.uk

Applications must be received by Monday 30th September 2013 for visits
during the calendar year 2014. Applications must be made on the application
form posted on the VIF website noted below. Application forms should be
submitted by email as an attachment. Decisions will be made and notified by
the end of November 2013.  

The application form and more information about the Visiting International
Fellowship, and the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, are
available at: 


VIF Convener: Professor Sara Arber     (email: S.Arber at surrey.ac.uk
0&URL=mailto%3aS.Arber%40surrey.ac.uk> )

VIF Administrator: Louise Jones            (email: l.jones at surrey.ac.uk
0&URL=mailto%3al.jones%40surrey.ac.uk> )

Head of Department: Professor Rachel Brooks


Department of Sociology

University of Surrey


Surrey GU2 7XH

United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1483 689365

Fax: +44(0)1483 689551



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