International collaborators

We welcome opportunities to work with researchers, organisations and students from across the world.

We place great importance on establishing and maintaining strong links with prestigious international research organisations. From cutting-edge research and analysis to expert advice, there are several ways we can work with you.

Global Media Studies Initiative

In 2016 colleagues from the CRCC and the Global Media Studies Initiative based in the Department of Communication Studies at University of Michigan, launched the Global Media Studies Initiative.

This network is developing innovative cross-disciplinary communications research and providing a global hub for the exploration of media, communications and culture in an international context.

Through workshops, symposia, and collaborative projects, our goal is to both build on and diversify this network of communications scholars to develop cutting edge research on global media, communications and culture.

Erasmus and Turing schemes

We have long-standing links with a wide range of leading media, communications and social sciences departments in universities across Europe, including:

  • University of Tampere, Finland
  • Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Université de Paris XII, France
  • University of Milan, Italy
  • University of Minho, Portugal

Visiting Scholars

We are a welcoming, interdisciplinary environment for visiting scholars from around the world who are working in the fields of communication and culture. The CRCC has hosted scholars from a wide range of international Communications departments, including Spain, Romania, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Bulgaria, South Korea, Japan, China, Holland, Chile and Sweden.

The below provides some tips about how to organise a visit.

Visiting PhD Researchers

The first step is to get in touch with a potential host supervisor (any current School of Social Sciences and Humanities | Loughborough University ( Usually this is someone whose research area intersects with your own – but it doesn’t have to!

The official process involves filling out this visiting student application form and providing an official letter (in English) confirming that you are registered for a PhD at your ‘home’ institution, confirming the visit will be useful for your PhD and you will remain a PhD student after the end of your visit. You may be required to also provide a copy of your degree certificates and where necessary, an English language qualification.

Send the completed application form and documents to the School of Social Sciences and Humanities Administrator ( who will be able to do the first stage of processing before sending it to the Doctoral College Office.

Visiting student applications are processed at least 6 weeks before the start of the visit, so please make sure you’ve given yourself enough time – especially if your visit might require you to get a visa. Please note Loughborough is currently not part of the Eramus+ PhD exchange programme.

Information about accommodation can be found here Short stay accommodation | Accommodation | Loughborough University (

Academic Visitors to the CRCC

The first step is to get in touch with a potential academic host (see current staff lists in each academic department in  the School of Social Science and Humanities).  Usually this is someone whose research area intersects with your own.

For non-UK citizens and residents there maybe additional visa and other requirements for visits that last for more than 2 weeks! Academic Visitor visa routes | Human Resources | Loughborough University (

All academic visitors need to complete a visiting academic application form (obtainable from your host) and provide a letter confirming that they are employed by their ‘home’ academic institution. The completed application form and letter should be sent to the School of Social Sciences and Humanities Administrator ( who will be able to do the first stage of processing.

All academic visitors to the University whose visit lasts for more than 2 weeks must also receive a formal invitation from the University’s Human Resources prior to commencing their visit. Academic visitors guidance | Human Resources | Loughborough University (

Applications should at least 6 weeks or longer before the start of the visit.

The CRCC does not have any funding for visitors. If you are interested in funded fellowships then you will need to apply directly to the Loughborough’s IAS see below.

Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellows

Loughborough University hosts two regularly funded visiting fellowship opportunities through our Institute of Advanced Studies‘ fellowship programmes:

  1. Short ‘Open Programme’ IAS Visiting Fellowships (lasting for around a week). These are usually about developing/running collaborative research projects, co-publications and funding applications and are supported to the tune of £3500. There are four deadlines throughout the year in late October, January, April and July, for visits taking place in the following quarter.
  2. Longer IAS Residential Fellowships offer a month-long residency including on-campus accommodation, travel expenses, and a £1000 stipend. These fellowships run between September and July. Deadlines are usually in April for the following year. They usually involve the development of a larger-scale project or an extended collaboration.
  3. We have also successfully supported a range of externally awarded fellowships including Fulbright, British Academy Newton Fellowships and Global Professorships, and Leverhulme Visiting Fellowships – these usually involve a more in-depth development of a collaborative project.

More generic information for academic visitors is available at Academic visitors guidance | Human Resources | Loughborough University (