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Visiting researchers

Edinburgh Law School supports a vibrant and inclusive research community, enriched by intellectual exchanges with colleagues from across the UK and internationally. We welcome academic visitors under two programmes: the Edinburgh Law School Visiting Scholar programme and the MacCormick Fellowship scheme.

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Edinburgh Law School is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive research environment. We therefore encourage applications from women, black and Asian researchers and researchers from other groups who are under-represented within our academic community.

About the programme

The Visiting Scholar Programme offers a stimulating research environment for legal, socio-legal and criminology scholars to conduct research of the highest quality and contribute to the research life of Edinburgh Law School.

Applications are welcome from scholars in any field of legal, sociolegal and criminology studies, and at any career stage. Edinburgh Law School is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive research environment. We therefore encourage applications from women, black and Asian researchers and researchers from other groups who are under-represented within our academic community.

Information about our areas of research can be found on the Edinburgh Law School research areas web pages. Visiting Scholars can conduct a range of activities during their stay at the School; this might include collaborating with members of staff on research projects, establishing academic networks with our staff and exploring opportunities for future projects.

Guidance

Academics, scholars and researchers may apply to visit Edinburgh Law School as a Visiting Scholar for periods from one month to three months. Visiting Scholars benefit from access to library resources (including e-resources), IT facilities, and research seminars and training activities.

Those seeking to visit the School of Law for one month or less, or who wish to use the Library only, should apply directly to the Library as a Member of the Public.

All Visiting Scholars are expected to abide by the School’s procedures, especially concerning ethical research conduct, copyright and the appropriate use of Law School facilities; and to contribute to the research culture and life of the School as well as any research group or centre to which they are attached during the visiting period. Examples of positive contributions that past Visiting Scholars have offered include: research seminars and blogs; PhD and/or PGT masterclasses; ECR research training activities; and knowledge exchange work.

Visiting Scholar Programme fees

The fee structure is £150 per calendar month, which is used as a contribution to cover the administrative overheads of the visit. If a visitor is not receiving funding for their stay at Edinburgh Law School, a case can be submitted to have this fee waived. No fee will be charged for approved visitors from the Least Developed Countries, Other Low Income Countries and Lower Middle Income Countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients.

How to apply

Applications are welcome at any time and should be made via the Visiting Scholar Programme application form (Word) and submitted at least two months before the proposed visit. Overseas visitors will need to ensure that appropriate visa arrangements are in place if required.

In order to apply as a Visiting Scholar, you must have the support of an internal sponsor at Edinburgh Law School (completion of that section of the application form is mandatory). Your academic sponsor will be your main point of contact for planning your visit and act as your research mentor throughout your time with us.

About the fellowship

Edinburgh Law School offers a prestigious visiting researcher fellowship 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.

MacCormick Fellowship applications are welcome from scholars in any field of legal, sociolegal and criminology studies. Information about our areas of research can be found on the Edinburgh Law School research areas web pages

Fellowships seek to support visits by researchers who are well-established in their fields. Edinburgh Law School is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive research environment. We therefore encourage applications from women, black and Asian researchers and researchers from other groups who are under-represented within our academic community.

The MacCormick Fellowship competition for 2022/2023 is now open for applications with a deadline of 22nd November 2021 at 12 noon.

Guidance

The visiting period should normally be a minimum of one month, with preference given to periods of around three months at least some part of which should fall within one of the two academic semesters (September to December, or January to May). Successful applicants can be awarded up to £5000 towards travel and accommodation costs for their visit.

MacCormick Fellows benefit from access to library resources, IT facilities, and research and training seminars. Access to shared office space is also provided.

MacCormick Fellows are required to deliver a MacCormick Fellow Research Seminar during their stay.

They are expected to abide by the School’s procedures, especially concerning ethical research conduct, copyright and the appropriate use of Law School facilities; and to contribute to the research culture and life of the School as well as any research group or centre to which they are attached during the visiting period. Examples of positive contributions that past MacCormick Fellows have offered include: research seminars and blogs; PhD and/or PGT masterclasses; ECR research training activities; and knowledge exchange work.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted for consideration following one of three deadlines annually: 15th March; 15th September; 15th December.

To apply to the MacCormick Fellowship Scheme, please send the following documentation to law.research@ed.ac.uk:

  • A completed MacCormick Fellowship application form (Word)
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, which includes details of academic profile, teaching and research expertise, publications, and engagement activities
  • A statement of proposed research (not more than 2 A4 pages)
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees.

Criteria

The following criteria are considered for MacCormick Fellowships: applicant’s academic profile; quality of research proposal; suitability of Edinburgh Law School as the place to undertake the research; and potential contribution of the applicant to the academic life of Edinburgh Law School.

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