Visiting scholar program

JDH Visiting Scholar Program

The Jyväskylä Discourse Hub (JDH) welcomes applications for self-funded research visits to the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, from scholars whose work intersects with discourse studies, including advanced doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers. The length of the visit can vary from two weeks, to one academic semester, or even longer, depending on the applicant’s research plan and the availability of the JDH’s faculty members. The JDH does not charge a fee for the research visit, but visiting scholars are required to secure their own finances to cover all aspects related to their visit (e.g., travel requirements and expenses, accommodation, living expenses, insurance). The JDH and the University of Jyväskylä cannot assist with any visa application, if one is required for the purpose of the visit (click here for information on visa requirements to Finland). Visiting scholars are typically funded by their own universities (e.g., sabbatical leaves), private grant agencies, or government programs. In order to apply, visiting scholars must first be sponsored by a faculty member associated with the JDH who shares similar research interests. Information about the JDH’s faculty members is available here.

This program offers visiting scholars the opportunity to advance their work and expand their network by engaging with the JDH’s renowned senior scholars and early-career researchers through knowledge sharing and critical debate. Visiting scholars may participate in and present their work at JDH seminars and meetings. They will have access to many of the facilities and services of the University of Jyväskylä’s library and to many activities at the Department of Languages. Personal office space is not guaranteed, but every effort will be made to provide visiting scholars with access to a productive working environment.

Application process:

Interested scholars must first find a sponsor from the JDH (i.e., a faculty member with relevant research expertise), and then submit the following items to Prof. Sari Pietikäinen (sari.p.pietikainen(at) at least three months before the intended visit:

  • Visiting Scholar Program application form, including information on the planned research during the visit (a template of the application form is available here).
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.
  • Doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers must have their supervisor or a suitable referee submit a letter of recommendation

Selection process:

In selecting applicants for visiting scholar status, the JDH will consider the nature of the applicant’s proposal (including the anticipated research output(s)), the applicant’s previous academic experience and future goals, and the contribution that the visit will make to the JDH research environment.

Decisions on the applications will generally be made within three weeks of their submission. Successful applicants will receive a formal invitation letter.

Future and past visitors

  • Dr. Lindsay Bell, Visiting Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Oswego, US, Fall 2016
  • Dr. Alfonso del Percio, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Oslo, 26.11 – 14.12.2015
  • Prof. Alexandre Duchêne, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland, September 2015
  • Prof. Helen Kelly-Holmes, University of Limerick, January 2014
  • Prof. Joan Pujolar, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain, November 2013
  • Prof. Monica Heller, University of Toronto, Canada, January 2013