School of Divinity

Visiting Fellowships

Each year the School of Divinity awards several Visiting Fellowships.

We invite inquiries and applications for the non-stipendiary Visiting Fellowship Programme from scholars at other academic institutions who wish to spend a period of time  (no longer than 12 months) at the School of Divinity for the purpose of conducting  research.

Although the School does not offer any financial support or funding to visitors came under the Visiting Fellowship programme, we are able to offer access to library and computing facilities in the University.  Due to ongoing refurbishment to the School building, we are unable to provide study space for Fellows until the building work is completed.  Please note: New College Library will be closed for essential renovations from late December 2019 until June 2021.

Visiting Fellows are encouraged to take part in research seminars and to attend any public lectures offered in the School of Divinity.  However,  please note that the Fellowship does not provide access to classes and courses, nor enrolment on any study programme.

Applications are welcome from scholars working on any aspect of theology and religious studies. We welcome scholars whose academic interests link directly with research interests of academic staff in the School.

Divinity's academic staff

Scholars with research proposals that may lead to international research collaboration with academic staff at Edinburgh, including new research funding initiatives, are particularly welcome to apply.

Independent researchers and Church workers who wish to study in the University Library as external users during a private visit to Edinburgh cannot become Visiting Fellows, but may nevertheless contact the Visiting Fellows convenor for advice.

Please note that our research seminars are open to the public.  You do not need to be a Fellow to attend School research seminars.

Accessing the Main University Library

School of Divinity Research Seminars

Visa requirements

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet the criteria for Academic Visitors specified by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), and explore the VISA implications of their visit by themselves.  We are not able to offer advice regarding visas or other aspects of spending time living in Edinburgh.  



We are currently reviewing fees for 2019.  We will confirm fee levels in our acceptance letter, if your application is successful.

 As an indication, the fee for Visiting Fellows in 2017/18 was:

  • £100 per calendar month or part thereof, or £1200 per calendar year, payable in advance.

Once a Visiting Fellowship has been approved, please contact the School Secretary for guidance on fee payment arrangements.


Applicants should email completed applications forms plus a full Curriculum Vitae highlighting publications and research expertise to the School Secretary at:

You can download the application form here:

Application Form (MS Word document)

The School Secretary will forward applications to the Convenor of the School’s Visiting Fellowships Committee.