Visiting Research Program

What we can offer

We regularly welcome colleagues from elsewhere in Australia and around the world for short visits of up to a week (e.g. to give a seminar or workshop), as well as for longer, more formal visiting research fellowships. These visits are of rich mutual benefit, facilitating knowledge exchange, building international collaborations, and exposing everyone to different ways of thinking and working.

Visiting Research Fellows can be early career, mid-career or senior scholars; Visiting Research Students are currently enrolled Higher Degree by Research students. Visiting Research Fellows stay with us for between one and three months, and in some cases for longer. Visiting researchers are normally given access to QUT email, library access, and a desk (if one is available). They participate actively in the full program of CDE seminars, events, workshops, and social activities, and are expected to give at least one seminar or workshop to the CDE community during their stay.

What we’re looking for

Given the limited space and staff time we have available, we prioritise Visiting Research Fellows and Visiting Research Students who:

  1. Are self-funded;
  2. Have an excellent research track record relative to their career opportunities;
  3. Plan to undertake a clearly defined research project that is closely aligned with the CDE’s priorities, programs and projects;
  4. Are based in a research organisation that is well-aligned to the CDE and/or with whom we have an established relationship;
  5. Know which CDE researchers they want to work closely with, and why; and
  6. Can commit to producing at least one article (if appropriate, co-authored with a CDE staff member) during the course of their visit and submitting it for review in a highly ranked journal.

How to apply

If you are interested in visiting the CDE as a Visiting Research Fellow or Visiting Research Student, please write to the Digital Content and Community Manager Jodie Pattinson via to lodge an expression of interest.

You should attach in word or PDF format:

  • a 1-2 page letter addressing the priority criteria
  • a copy of your CV

The cover email should briefly outline:

  • your current position and role
  • a 1-2 sentence description of your research interests
  • the potential sources of funding for your visit
  • the proposed dates of your visit
  • the key CDE researcher/s with whom you plan to work, and any correspondence you have had with them to date

We are now assessing expressions of interest on a rolling basis, and you should receive a response to your email within 1-2 weeks.