Visiting professors and fellows

Twice a year the School of Law finances a Visiting Program  addressed to scholars  in Law or in cognate fields from foreign universities or research centers, as well as for individuals engaged in post-doctoral studies from around the world.

In order to take part in the intellectual and social life of the School of Law, visitors should get in contact with a professor of the School of Law (i.e. contact person).

The program provides visitors access to the University facilities (including libraries) and to an individual workstation placed in the School of Law to carry out research activities.

At the end of the stay, visitors will receive an attendance certificate and the “Visiting Professor” or “Visiting Fellow” title. The “Visiting Professor” title is exclusively awarded to full or associate foreign professors. The “Visiting Fellow” title is awarded to foreign assistant professors and post-doc fellows.

Minimum stay for all categories of visitors has to be no less than 30 continuous days. Visitors are expected to work on their research project.

During their stay, Visiting Professors are asked to carry out research activity and/or to teach courses or seminars (for no less than 24 hours).

During their stay, Visiting Fellows are asked to give a short seminar (or to present their research) to the School of Law and to graduate or undergraduate students.

Applicants must submit their applications with reference “visiting incoming” to the e-mail address and must include, on pain of exclusion:

  • the curriculum vitae of the applicant including the list of publications;
  • the name of the institutional affiliation;
  • an invitation letter from a contact person at the School of Law of the University of Milano-Bicocca;
  • a detailed research project;
  • a declaration of commitment to publishing the results of the research carried out at the School of law on the online Social science research network (SSRN) within three months since the end of the visiting period;
  • a declaration of readiness to carry out didactic activities if requested;
  • indication of the period of stay (with a minimum of 30 continuous days);
  • an academic reference letter (only for assistant professors and post-doc fellows);
  • a declaration of receiving or not receiving a remuneration or a financial support to cover expenses from the host entity (or from other entities) and indication of the amount of the remuneration or of the financial support;
  • amount of the requested financial support. In any case, the amount must not exceed 2000 Euros for applicants from a European State and must not exceed 2500 Euros for applicants from non-European countries.

Applicants must download, fill and sign the following application form and attach it to the e-mail together with the above listed documents.


Applications are submitted twice a year according to the following schedule:

  • from May 15th to June 15th for visiting periods between September 15th and December 15th
  • from November 15th to December 15th  for visiting periods between March 1stand June 1st 

Applicants will be notified of the acceptance or refusal of their applications within 30 days from the deadline. In case of acceptance they will receive all necessary information to proceed. In case selected applicants cannot comply with the visiting periods as above indicated, they have to submit a new application during the next call. 

For further information concerning our visiting programs see also:

What happens in case the Visitor does not stay for 30 continuous days?
Failure to respect the 30 days’ threshold would result in the denial of the allowance for the expenses (if applicable) and the impossibility to being awarded the academic title of “Visiting Professor” or “Visiting Fellow”.

Is there a maximum amount that can be reimbursed?
For applicants who have applied for financial support, the amount of the allowance will be determined during the evaluation process of the academic project of the Incoming Visitor and should not exceed 2000 Euros for applicants from a European State and must not exceed 2500 Euros for applicants from non-European countries.

Once the reimbursement has been granted by the Law School, what are the administrative conditions for obtaining the reimbursement?
According to the current applicable regulation of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Regolamento Missioni), the allowance for reimbursement for expenses will follow these rules:
1) Incoming Visitors will have to anticipate all the travel and living (meals and lodging) expenses and to keep all the original documents (for example, fiscal bills, tickets, boarding passes, etcetera) proving the expense and cost sustained during their stay in Milan.
2) As for travel expenses, Visitors should consider that only travels to and from Milan are reimbursed.
For any other administrative conditions, please read the “Regolamento Missioni”.

What happens if applicants apply after the deadline or for periods of stay which are not considered for financial support?
Applications might be accepted and the academic titles could be awarded based on the current applicable regulations of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Regolamento visiting). However, no financial support would be granted.

Charles Maimela

University of Pretoria

Research topic: Law and Pluralism Short CV