Visiting Scholars and Students

Visiting Scholars and Students

The School of Humanities operates a Visiting Scholar Scheme with periods up to 12 months' residency available, and accepts visiting academics from a wide range of backgrounds and research fields. 

During your visit you will have opportunities to discuss and share ideas with another academic in our School who works within the same field of interest. From this mutual collaboration may come ideas and, possibly, future projects. 

The School runs programmes of events during term-time which typically include research seminars, visiting speakers, PhD workshops and guest lectures on our programmes. Where relevant to your work, you will be able to attend such events and have the chance to exchange knowledge and ideas with others researching in cognate areas.  The School will arrange a University Staff card for you so that, during your stay, you will have full access electronic facilities and the library. The Library at Glasgow is a first rate facility that supports many of the University’s world leading research activities and, as well as providing visitors with access to an outstanding collection of materials and services, also offers comfortable desk space you can use and computer work stations.

We can accept postgraduate research students provided they wish to visit the School to spend time collaborating with other academics and not as a formal element of their study programme. Students who require formal supervision must apply through the College of Arts Graduate School.

For further information, please contact Patricia MacLaren.

How to apply

You can apply at any time to become a visiting researcher by completing the visiting researcher application form and emailing it, together with with a short CV (no more than 2 pages), to Patricia MacLaren.   Research visits normally take place during semester time (September to June) and they vary in length but are usually from 3-12 weeks in duration.


Fees and charges

The School will normally charge a bench fee to the visiting researcher from other institutions who wish to be based at the University of Glasgow. This is to cover resources agreed locally by the School but likely to include access to seminars and other scholarly activity within the School, informal access to staff as well as access to the GU libraries. The baseline fee is £500 for 1 semester and £1,000 for 2 semesters  - but a fee remission scheme may apply for colleagues from institutions in developing countries or for other strategic development reasons. If the visit is shorter than one semester then the School would be willing to negotiate a pro rata fee.  This will be confirmed to you once we receive your application.

VAT (20%) is chargeable to all UK and overseas visitors unless they are students. 


Visa regulations

All visitors coming into the UK must ensure they have the correct visa with which to enter the UK.  Please refer to the UK Border Agency website for details.