Researchers in the Faculty of Law conduct research across the world, and, in turn, welcome visiting scholars and researchers to Queen’s to further their own research as well as collaborate with Queen’s Law faculty members.

Visiting Scholars: We invite professors, practitioners and judges to visit Queen’s to conduct their own research and collaborate with Queen’s faculty members.

Visiting Researchers: We invite Ph.D. students and Post-Doctoral Researchers to collaborate with fellow graduate students at Queen’s and conduct their research here under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Deadline to apply to both programs: August 15 (to visit January - April); February 15 (to visit May – August or September-December).

What the Queen’s Faculty of Law provides:

  1. Full library privileges
  2. IT access and support
  3. Invitations to attend Faculty events and talks

Essential facts:

  • Office space is very limited: it cannot be guaranteed for visiting scholars or researchers, and is subject to prior agreement. There is open workspace in the Lederman Law Library and in other libraries on campus.
  • Health Coverage: International visitors who are here for more than three weeks must sign up for the University Health Insurance Plan.
  • Immigration: If you are an international visitor, you may require a visa to enter Canada. Make yourself aware of the lead-time necessary for applying for a visa (depends on your country). International visitors should visit the Queen's University International Visitors page for further information.
  • Applicants for whom English is not a first language and who have not attended an English-speaking post-secondary institution for one complete year will normally be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To be considered, candidates must attain: a TOEFL paper-based total score of at least 600 or a computer-based total score of at least 250 or an internet-based total score of at least 100 and a minimum of 5.0 in the Test of Written English. If the IELTS test is taken instead, the required score is a minimum of 7.0 in the academic module.
  • PhD visitors who would like to take a course at Queen’s for credit must register as a Visiting Graduate Student rather than a Visiting Researcher.
  • Housing: Visitors are required to find their own accommodation. 

How to apply:

Make contact with a Faculty member to ask if they are willing to host or supervise your visit. You may review Faculty Member profiles here. Send them an email with your research plan and current C.V. Ask them to, in return, provide you with an email or letter stating that they are willing to host or supervise your visit and outlining the benefits of your visit to Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

Complete the application form and send it to the email address on the form along with your supporting documents before the deadlines: August 15 (to visit January - April); February 15 (to visit May – August or September-December).

Supporting Documents:

  • Visiting Scholars AND Visiting Researchers:
    1. Cover Letter (clearly state proposed faculty member willing to host/supervise visit)
    2. C.V.
    3. Research Proposal (250-500 words)
    4. Letter from faculty member confirming their willingness to host/supervise your visit
    5. TOEFL or equivalent scores (if required)
  • Visiting Researchers – must also provide the following supplementary documents:
    1. Academic Transcripts
    2. Academic Letter of Reference


If you have any questions about this process, please e-mail our faculty staffing and research coordinator.

Application form

You may download the application form here.