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ECSB Visiting Scholar Programme

Aims of programme

ECSB’s Virtual Visiting Scholars programme aims to support early career researchers to develop their research agenda by collaborating online with faculty, researchers, and networks at a selected host institution.

With this virtual programme for its members ECSB builds on its extensive global network to make visiting scholarships more accessible for early career researchers to contribute to academic career development, fostering individual and institutional ties and strengthening international collaborative research.


  • 1 semester or 1 academic year (each host university can specify their preference)

Host requirements

  • Hosts are required to be members of the ECSB and complete the ECSB host application form to be considered for the Visiting Scholar Programme
  • Prior to the visit, the host agrees together with the visitor on a plan of research that clearly outlines the purpose of the visit, duration and expected outcomes
  • Welcome the visiting scholar to the institution and introduce them to key members of the faculty, as well colleagues within the host department/research group
  • Facilitate the visiting scholar’s participation in e.g. departmental meetings, research seminars and other academic events
  • Offer the visiting scholar an opportunity to present their research in a research seminar at least once per semester
  • Appoint a contact person who regularly meets with the visitor (e.g. twice a month). The frequency of meetings will be agreed between the host and the visitor at the beginning of the visit. The contact person follows up and modifies the initially agreed plan with the visitor on a regular basis

Visitor requirements

  • Applicants are required to be members of the ECSB and to make their application on the appropriate application form by the specific deadline set by ECSB
  • Applicants are required to develop a plan of research for the duration of their virtual visit, preferably one which involves collaboration with a member of staff at the host institution.
  • Preference is given to early career researchers (who have either recently completed their PhD or are about to complete their degree)
  • On completion of the programme, scholars are required to submit a report/blog post/profile for ECSB website

Application process

  • The host institutions send in required information about the visiting scholar position on offer
  • Early career researchers apply for a visiting position. The applicant may apply to max. two positions.
  • ECSB facilitates a matching process with visiting scholar and host institution. Each host can have one visiting scholar at one time.
  • Successful applicants will be accorded the title of ECSB Visiting Scholar. This appointment does not carry any remuneration from the host institution nor the ECSB.
  • ECSB will assist and contribute to the visiting programme e.g. by organizing networking sessions for the Visiting Scholars
  • Both host institution and visitor participate in a short evaluation for ECSB.
  • Further details can be asked from the ECSB Secretariat info(a)


ECSB Virtual Visiting Scholars in 2024

Nadia Di Paola
Associate Professor at University of Naples Federico II

Visiting University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde

 Enrico Giansoldati
PhD Student at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Visiting University of Beira Interior

Daniel J. Kruse
Research Associate at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE)

Visiting Aarhus University

Ling Li
Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University

Visiting Audencia Business School

Verena Meyer
Research Associate at Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Visiting Radboud University

Viral Nagori
Assistant Professor at MICA

Visiting Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Nicolas Noak
Research Associate at Technical University of Berlin

Visiting University of Southern Denmark

Sanita Rugina
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Södertörn University

Visiting University of Turku

Tatyana Tsukanova
Research Associate at EHL Hospitality Business School and HES-SO, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

Visiting Florida State University