School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Visiting Scholars Scheme

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

Woman undertaking research

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 Felix Meister

University of Cologne

Prof Douglas Cairns

Prior to 1 August 2021     

30 September 2021

Dr Bernadette Banaszkiewicz     

Universität Marburg

Prof Douglas Cairns

Prior to 1 August 2021

30 September 2021

Dr Monica Park

Vanderbilt University USA

Dr Lucy Grig

Prior to 1 August 2021   

30 November 2021

Dr Nataliya Kibita

London School of Economics   

Dr David Kaufman

Prior to 1 August 2021

31 December 2021

Dr Moritz Hinsch

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin      

Prof Douglas Cairns

11 August 2021

4 October 2021

Fees and Eligibility

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.

Individuals wishing to be considered as a Visiting Scholar must have the agreement of a member of staff within the School to act as their academic sponsor. Applicants should make contact with their sponsor by email to arrange this before making the formal application.

Please note that applicants from outside the European Econmic Area (EEA) must be able to meet the UK Border Agency's eligibility criteria for an Academic Visitor visa.

How to apply

Visiting Scholar applications can be submitted throughout the academic year. 

Due to the current COVID situation;  for Semester 1 of 2021-22, the School will consider all Visiting Scholar applications (through the International committee) on an on-line / e-resource basis only with no physical access for Visitors’ to come onto University of Edinburgh campus. Any benchmark fees for this duration will be waived. The earliest date, at this time, Visiting Scholars will be allowed onto the University of Edinburgh’s campus, will be from January 2022. This will be subject to review towards the end of September 2021.  Any future visit to Edinburgh will be subject to Scottish government guidance on international travel.

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


The School's International Committee (consisting of the International Director and Subject Area representatives) generally meet twice in the academic year (once in each semester) to consider 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.


Visiting Scholar Scheme (managed by the International Director)

The Director of this scheme is Dr Juliuz Ruiz.

General Enquiries

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