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Visiting researchers

Edinburgh Law School is a thriving and world-class academic research community, which is enhanced by regular intellectual exchanges with colleagues from across the UK and internationally. We run two programmes for academic visitors, the Edinburgh Law School Visiting Scholar programme and the MacCormick Fellowship scheme.

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The Visiting Scholar programme offers a stimulating research environment for leading legal, socio-legal, and criminological scholars to conduct research of the highest quality and contribute to the research activities of Edinburgh Law School.

Applications are welcome from scholars in any field of legal studies broadly conceived, although preference is given to applications whose research is related to our research areas and centres. The number of fellowships is subject to the availability of spaces in Old College.

The programme is particularly suitable for early career and emerging researchers.

Visiting Scholar Programme application pack (PDF)

Visiting Scholar Programme application form (Word)

Edinburgh Law School offers 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.

This is a competitive scheme and we offer a number of MacCormick Fellowships every year. Applications are welcome from scholars in any field of legal studies broadly conceived, although preference may be given to those whose research is related to the School’s research areas and centres.

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

The MacCormick Fellowship Scheme is now accepting applications for the 2020/2021 period. The closing date for applications is Friday, 15th November, at 12pm (midday) GMT. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

MacCormick Fellowship application pack (PDF)

MacCormick Fellowship application form (Word)

Edinburgh Law School welcomes applications from PhD scholars of other universities to visit the Law School for periods of between one month and a year.

Learn more about Edinburgh Law School's visiting student programme