Visiting Research Students

Visiting Research Students

The University of Edinburgh Law School welcomes visiting PhD scholars from other universities for periods of 2 weeks up to 6 months. We are a comprehensive Law School, Scotland’s leading University for legal research, and are based in the heart of the capital city alongside key judicial bodies, the Scottish Parliament and the National Library. We have a diverse and international community of scholars including doctoral students, dedicated early career researchers and combined research and teaching staff.

Upcoming calls

Deadlines for visits are as follows: 

  • 1 July 2019 for visits commencing between October 2019 and January 2020
  • 1 November 2019 for visits commencing between February and May 2020

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to:

  • prove that they are currently registered for a PhD
  • prove that they meet the University's standard PhD entry requirements, including certification of English language skills where relevant. Visit our PhD entry requirements information page
  • find an academic sponsor within the Law School in their field
  • complete an application form (see How to Apply for more details)
Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to secure the correct entry permission (visa). Visit the University's Edinburgh Global pages for more information on visas

What the Law School will provide

  • Hot desk space subject to availability.
  • Visitor access to IT accounts, on-campus WIFI access, library access (Law and other libraries).
  • Two formal meetings with the applicant's academic sponsor at the start and close of their visit. Further meetings with the sponsor and other colleagues can be made at the applicant's discretion.
  • Introduction to the Law School's PhD cohort.
  • Access to all Law School seminar series and other events across the University.


For visits up to 12 weeks, no fee is applied. If you are admitted for more than 12 weeks and up to and including 12 months, you will be charged a flat fee rate which will be £730 in session 2019-20. 

How to apply

Before applying, you should ensure that you have the agreement of an academic sponsor at Edinburgh Law School. See the full list of Law School academic staff.

Please send a short email to the relevant colleague outlining the following:

  1. The proposed length and timing of the visit
  2. Your current work (institutional affiliation, supervisors, research area and research question, stage of PhD [e.g. 3rd year, writing up])
  3. A short statement on the aim of your visit

Once you have a sponsor's agreement, forward it by e-mail to We will then provide you with an application form and guidance on submitting the form and any supporting documentation.

Alternative options

Students wishing to apply for a doctoral visit using the Erasmus+ or LERU exchange schemes should contact the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Filippo Fontanelli, in the first instance (

Where visitors do not wish to go through this process, or wish to visit for less than two weeks, the Law School can offer no formal support for visits. However the University Library has arrangements in place for public access to material on site and a number of our Law School events are open to the public. In these cases, it will not be possible to access legal databases or any other electronic resource to which the University of Edinburgh subscribes. If your own institution is a member of the Eduroam network, you may be able to use the University's Wi-Fi network to access the internet via your own devices while you are here.