Information for Visiting Scholars and Students

Visiting Scholars and Students

The School of Critical Studies 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 includes 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. The Library offers comfortable desk space you can use and computer workstations.

For further information, please contact  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.  

How to apply

You can apply at any time to become a visiting research scholar by completing the SCS Visiting Scholar application form and emailing it, together with a short CV (no more than 2 pages), to  Research visits normally take place during semester time (September to June).             

Visiting Research Students- requiring formal supervision

Students who wish to be formally supervised by a member of our academic staff must identify and contact the relevant academic or Subject Area in the first instance. You can search our staff research profiles to find a suitable academic to work with.

When making contact, please send your curriculum vitae and details of your research plans. If you receive a positive response from a relevant academic, you can make a formal application to the School via the application form available on the College of Arts & Humanities Graduate School webpage

For any further information please refer to University of Glasgow’s Visiting Postgraduate Researcher Policy


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. This may include access to seminars and other scholarly activity within the School as well as access to the GU libraries and IT facilities as appropriate.

For Visiting Scholars who are not current research students, the baseline fee is £2,000 per academic year 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 or academic year then the School would be willing to negotiate a pro rata fee.  This will be confirmed to you once we have received your application.

For fee charges for Visiting Research Students please view the College of Arts & Humanities Graduate School webpage 

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 Visas and Immigration website for details.