Programme Description

The Visiting Scholars'/Researchers' Programme aims to host "Visitors" from all over the world. The program provides Visitors' access to University facilities and libraries so that they can conduct research on an approved topic while in residence. Visitors are expected to participate in the research events around the university to present their work and participate in the intellectual life of the Law School community.

A Visiting Scholar is generally a professor of law at another institution or a senior member of the legal profession; a Visiting Researcher is generally a person who is working towards a post-graduate degree, doing post-graduate work at another institution, or a junior member of the profession.

In selecting applicants for Visitor status, the relevant Committee considers the applicant's background, field of interest, scholarly achievements, research proposal, availability of University of Galway Law School Faculty for consultation in the proposed research area, and English language proficiency.

Application Process

Please apply at least three months before the aimed start of your stay as a Visiting Researcher/Scholar.

Application Materials

To apply to the Visitor Program, you must submit the online Application for Admission online:

Applicants must provide information about themselves and the specific research project they propose to pursue, letters of recommendation from professors and others who know their work, and transcripts from each university they have attended. In addition, each applicant must submit a letter from a University of Galway Law School faculty member indicating the faculty member's willingness to collaborate on the proposed research project.

Checklist of Application Materials
  • Online Application for Admission
  • Résumé or C.V.
  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal
  • Letter of University of Galway Law School faculty support
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Official TOEFL report or similar (see below)

All applicants from non-English-speaking countries who did not do their basic legal education entirely in the English language must take a test such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) within two years prior to submitting their applications. Applicants with at least two consecutive years of full-time university education conducted entirely in English may request a waiver of this requirement.

A similar test such as IELTS, Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE), Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE) or Pearson PTE may also be accepted.