School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Visiting Scholars Scheme

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to welcome visiting scholars.

Academics, scholars and researchers may apply to visit the School for a period of 1 to 12 months, whether for a short research visit or for an extended stay during sabbatical leave from their own universities or employers. The applicant should have a specific research reason to be in Edinburgh, either because of materials available in the University library or elsewhere in the city, or because of a research link with a current member of the School’s staff.

Applications are welcome from scholars in any field of History, Classics and Archaeology although preference may be given to applicants whose research is related to expertise in the School. Scholars may be at all stages of their academic careers, including early career researchers and more senior staff. Students wishing to visit Edinburgh, however, should apply through the Visiting Research Students Programme.

Current Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholar  

Home Institution

HCA Academic Sponsor    

Start Date for Visit    

End Date for Visit         

Dr Rui Li Guangdong University of Finance & Economics Prof. Thomas Ahnert 30 December 2023 29 December 2024
Dr Erika De Vivo

University of Turin 

Dr Chiara Bonacchi

1 January 2024 31 May 2024

Dr Helena López Gómez  

Universidad de Vigo     Dr Sandra Bingham 1 March 2024 31 December 2024
Dr Samuel Nión Álvarez Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit) - Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Prof. Manuel Fernández-Götz  19 March 2024 31 December 2024
Dr Sarah J. Ghasedi University of Washington   Prof. Gayle Davis 29 March 2024 30 June 2024
Dr Wang Yan JiangSu Provincial Academy of Social Science  Prof. Niels Gaul 26 April 2024 19 April 2025

How to Apply

Individuals wishing to be considered as a Visiting Scholar must have the agreement of a current academic member of staff within the School to act as their academic sponsor for the duration of their time at the School.

Applicants should make contact with their sponsor by email to arrange this before making the formal application. A support statement by the academic sponsor is required as part of the consideration process for each application.

Applications are considered by the School's International Committee (consisting of the International Director and Subject Area representatives). The Committee considers applications with regard to the appropriate academic standard and determine if the academic purpose of the visit is relevant to the School’s areas of expertise.   Applications are considered on a rolling basis.   

Applicants should complete the form below and return it to the School Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Office (RKEIO) by e-mail,



The fee structure is £150 per calendar month, which is used as a contribution to cover the administrative overheads of the visit. If a visitor is not receiving funding for their stay at the School, a case can be made to have this fee waived.

Information about research staff in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Please note that applicants, if required, must be able to meet the UK Border Agency's eligibility criteria for an Academic Visitor visa.


Visiting Scholar Scheme

The Director of this scheme is Dr Justin Stover, the International Director.

General Enquiries

For all enquiries regarding the Visiting Scholars Scheme please contact the School Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Office (RKEIO).