Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

The Europa Institute welcomes Visiting Scholars from around the world to conduct research on European integration and contribute to the Institute’s events and activities.

Applications are considered on a competitive basis for short-term and long-term stays, normally not exceeding four months in the academic calendar. The Institute usually hosts several visitors each academic year.


Academics at all career levels and senior practitioners may apply to be a Visiting Scholar at the Europa Institute. Academic visitors must normally already hold a PhD at the time of application.

However the Institute also welcomes applications from PhD researchers registered at other universities to visit the University of Edinburgh for periods of between one month and a year.

PhD researchers whose work falls principally within the ambit of the Law School can find details on the application process and entry requirements via the Law School website.

For PhD researchers who wish to visit the School of Social and Political Science, please contact in the first instance.


The Europa Institute does not normally provide funding for Visiting Scholars. Scholars are expected to have their own sources of funding, such as sabbatical salary or external grants.


The Europa Institute does not provide housing for Visiting Scholars. Candidates may consult the University’s Accommodation, Catering and Events or search independently for private short-term or long-term lets in the city. Visit Scotland also provides useful information and tips about living in Edinburgh.

Opportunities and Engagements

While in residence, Visiting Scholars are invited to participate in the Institute’s extensive programme of activities. Scholars have visitor access to the University’s libraries and other related services. Office space may also be provided.

Visiting Scholars are expected to contribute to the Institute during the course of their stay, such as through delivering a public lecture; publishing a paper in the Edinburgh Europa Paper Series; writing an article for European Futures, the Institute’s academic blog on Europe; and/or giving a research presentation to the Edinburgh Europa Research Group.

Potential engagements can be discussed during the application process.


Prospective applicants to be a Visiting Scholar should submit the following documents, in English:

Cover letter, including requested dates of residence and funding sources
Current CV (résumé)
Title and 3-5 page description (including 100-word abstract) of research or project to be carried out during the residence

Completed documents should be sent by email at least three months prior to the proposed start date. Early applications are highly encouraged. Further details will be provided once applications are received.