MacCormick Fellowships

Edinburgh Law School is delighted to offer a prestigious visiting fellowship named in honour of Professor Sir Neil MacCormick (1941-2009), Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the University of Edinburgh from 1972 to 2008.

Learn more about Prof Sir Neil MacCormick

MacCormick Fellowships are particularly well suited for senior researchers already well established in their fields.

Edinburgh Law School is highly ranked both in the UK and in Europe, and offers an excellent environment for conducting advanced research.

MacCormick Visiting Fellows are provided with work space and related facilities in the School and are offered some limited financial support as a contribution towards travel to and from Edinburgh and accommodation while in Edinburgh. Funding awarded is based on duration of stay.

We offer a number of MacCormick Visiting Fellowships every year. Applications are welcome from scholars in any field of legal studies broadly conceived, although those whose research is related to the School's Research Fields or Research Communities may be given preference. Applicants can be awarded up to £3000 towards travel and accommodation for their visit.

All MacCormick Visiting Fellows are required to present a MacCormick Seminar on their work during their stays.

We are now welcoming applications for:

The academic year 2018/19 (September 2018 - August 2019).
Applications close on 17th November 2017

How to apply

Complete the MacCormick Fellow Application Form and return to the Visitor Administrator as a Word document along with the following supporting documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae as a Word document
  • Statement of Proposed Research, not more than 3000 words, as a Word document
  • Ensure you have the support of an Internal Sponsor (see Research Fields)

Please send your application by email attachment to

The Visitor Committee meets to consider applications twice in an academic year (mid-October and mid-April).


The following criteria are considered for applications for MacCormick Visiting Fellowships:

  • Academic credentials of the applicant
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Suitability of Edinburgh Law School as the place to pursue research
  • Contribution of the applicant to the academic life of the School


  • The Fellowship cannot be used to pursue ongoing PhD Research.
  • The visiting period should normally be a minimum of one month, with a preference given to periods of around three months at least some part of which should fall within one of the two academic semesters (i.e. September to December, or January to May). Due to the Old College refurbishment, longer visits may not be possible at this time.

Contact Information

Director of the Visiting Researchers Programme

Prof Hector MacQueen

Visitor Application Information and Enquiries

Initial enquiries and applications to visit should be submitted to