Visiting Scholars

Each year the School of Divinity awards several Visiting Scholar positions.

We invite enquiries and applications for our non-stipendiary visiting scholar positions from academics of postdoctoral standing at other universities who wish to spend a period of time (between 1 and 12 months) at the School of Divinity in order to conduct high-quality research.

Although we are unable to offer any financial support or funding to visiting scholars, access to library and computing facilities is available. Owing to limited capacity, we cannot offer a dedicated office or desk, but comfortable study space is available in a range of locations including the New College library.

Visiting scholars may participate in research seminars and attend any public lectures offered in the School of Divinity. However, a visiting scholar position does not provide access to classes and courses, nor enrolment on any taught programme. All visiting scholars are expected to observe university policies related to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Applications are welcome from established scholars working on any aspect of theology and religious studies. We welcome applications where academic interests link directly with research interests of academic staff in the School. Applicants must have an academic sponsor from among our own academic staff, and before applying must have secured their agreement to serve in this role.

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 New College Library or the Main Library as external users during a private visit to Edinburgh cannot be appointed visiting scholars.

Our research seminars are open to the public.  You do not need to be a visiting scholar to attend School research seminars.

University Libraries

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).  We are unable to offer any advice regarding visas or other aspects of living in Edinburgh.

UK Government - Visas and immigration


The fee will be confirmed in our acceptance letter, if your application is successful.

This is currently £200 per calendar month or part thereof, or £2400 per calendar year, payable in advance.

No fee will be charged to scholars from current Least Developed Countries (as defined by the United Nations) or Low-Income Countries (as defined by the OECD using World Bank data). One-half of this fee will be charged to scholars from current Middle-Income countries (as defined by the OECD using World Bank data).

Once a visiting scholar position has been approved, please contact the School Office for guidance on fee payment arrangements.


Applicants should email their completed applications form together with a full Curriculum Vitae including research expertise and a publications list to the School of Divinity at:

The application should be received at least two months before the date on which the fellowship would begin. You can download the form here: