School of Divinity

Visiting Fellowships

Each year the School of Divinity awards several Visiting Fellowships.

We invite inquiries and applications for the non-stipendary 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 Visiting Fellow appointment carries no stipend, we are able to offer drop-in study space and access to library and computing facilities in the University.

Visiting Fellows are also 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.

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 - you can see information about all the School staff here:

School of Divinity staff profiles

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.

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

Visa requirements

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet the criteria for Academic Visitors specified by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) at:

UKVI Modernised Visitor Guidance

The UK Embassy/Consulate in the particular country of residence will advise individuals on the appropriate visa requirements. Guidance can also be found at the following link on the HR website:

Human Resources Visitor Guidance


The fees for Visiting Fellows in 2016/17 will be:

  • £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.