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Bradford Rotary Peace Centre: 2016 Visiting Researcher Programme: Call for Applications


The Visiting Researcher Programme provides funding for an expert in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution broadly defined to spend up to six months at the Bradford Rotary Peace Centre. The funding will cover the costs of travel to the Peace Centre, as well as accommodation and subsistence whilst located at the Peace Centre. During their time at the Centre the Visiting Researcher will be expected to produce (i) a publication or series of publications based on research undertaken whilst at the Centre and (ii) undertake a series of activities with Rotary Peace Fellows. Ideally the visiting Researcher will start their stay at the Bradford Centre by 1 February 2015 but a later starting date will be considered where relevant.


The Rotary Peace Centre was established in 2002 and located in the prestigious Division of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. The Bradford Rotary Centre is one of six other Peace Centres established around the world by Rotary International to develop leaders who will become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention. Up until recently, the Bradford Centre has principally focussed on administering the Rotary scholarship programme, under which the Centre hosts ten Fellows per year who undertake an 18 month MA programme. However, we are now also seeking to enhance the research profile of the Centre and as part of this goal we will provide funding for an academic or practitioner to spend up to six months at the Bradford Centre.

Requirements of the Visiting Researcher

Whilst at the Rotary Peace Centre the Visiting Researcher will:

  1. Undertake a programme of research and writing that will lead to a publication or series of publications based on the research undertaken at the Centre. These publications will be identified as Rotary Centre outputs.
  1. A programme of activity (e.g. masterclass/expert seminar series) linked to the work of the visiting researcher and provided to Rotary Peace Fellows. The details of this activity should be outlined in the application
  1. Formal lecture to MA and PGR students, also made available to other Rotary Centres

Funding for Visiting Researcher

Funding will be provided to cover the following expenses:

Travel (up to £750) return economy class air ticket

Accommodation and subsistence: up to £750 pcm = £4,500 over 6 months

Application Process

Applications from academics from other Rotary centres and former Rotary Fellows will be particularly welcomed but we also welcome applications from any established academics or practitioners proposing to undertake research in the field of peace and conflict resolution broadly defined.

Possible areas of research within this field might include (but are not limited to):

  • Peacekeeping
  • Post-conflict peacebuilding,
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Conflict Prevention
  • Regional dimensions of peace, conflict prevention and resolution (particularly Africa, Middle East, Latin America and South-East Asia)
  • Political violence
  • Arms control and disarmament
  • Non-violence
  • Culture and peace

Applicants will be asked to submit the following:

  1. A proposal (maximum 5 pages) detailing

(a) Commencement and expiry date of proposed period of stay at the Centre

(b) the planned programme of research, timetable and outputs from the research

(c) Planned activities with Rotary Fellows

(d) Proposed public lecture

(e) Any additional ways the applicant proposes to add to the work and profile of the Rotary Centre

(f) details of visa status (if applicable)

2. CV and contact details (established academics applying to the Centre must have a PhD and a record of high quality research).

Deadline for applications: January 15th 2016. All applications should be submitted to the Director of the Rotary Centre, Professor Neil Cooper:

Any enquiries about the Visiting Researcher Programme should be addressed to Professor Neil Cooper.

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