School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Visiting Scholars Scheme

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

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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

Dr Jing Zhu, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, sponsor Dr F Boecking, 16 December 2019 - 16 December 2020

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. 

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).