European Visiting Research Fellowships

Funding area: Arts & Humanities, International, Social Science

Aiming to establish a two-way flow of scholars between Scotland and Europe, the RSE is pleased to offer CRF (Caledonian Research Fund) European Visiting Research Fellowships to researchers working in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.

These CRF Fellowships provide financial assistance, up to a maximum of £6,000, as a contribution towards the costs of travel and subsistence.

There are two separate CRF Visiting Research Fellowship schemes available and each has its own application form:

  • Visits to Europe enable eligible staff in Scottish higher education institutes to visit other European countries overseas for periods of between 2-6 months.
  • Visits to Scotland enable nominated scholars from other European countries outside the UK to carry out research or study in Scotland for similar periods.


Fund opens

August 1, 2017

Fund deadline passed

This fund is currently closed for applications.

Fund value

Grants of up to £6,000 are available for visits of up to six months, at a rate of £1,000 per month to contribute towards the cost of travel, subsistence, and relevant study costs.

Fund duration

Visits may be between two and six months and, in appropriate cases, planned breaks of study may be permitted.

Additional Information

Applicants from overseas who are temporarily resident in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK OR applicants from Scotland who are temporarily resident in another European country at the time of applying will not be considered eligible.

Visits may be between two and six months and, in appropriate cases, planned breaks of study may be permitted and in exceptional circumstances, the ensuing travel costs may be funded.

Applicants for the scheme for academic staff from Scotland to visit other European centres of learning and research should normally be continuing members of academic, or academic-related, staff at a Scottish higher education institute.

For both schemes, applicants must have more than five years’ postdoctoral experience on the closing date.

Applications are invited from scholars working in Scotland, who should be continuing members of academic or academic-related staff at a Scottish higher education institute, and whose research would benefit from a short period (2-6 months) spent in a European country outwith the UK.

Applications are invited from scholars in European countries outwith the UK, who would benefit from a similar period spent in Scotland.

Scholars from Europe wishing to study in Scotland must be nominated by members of academic staff from higher education institutes in Scotland. The nominator must submit the completed form and will be responsible for the organisation of the visit and the disbursement of any grants provided under this scheme.

Applicants from Europe should normally be employed in a recognised centre of higher education or research. In addition, it is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure that the Fellow submits his/her report of the visit within 2 months of the end of the Fellowship

Applications for this scheme are currently closed. The 2017 round will likely open in August 2017 with an early November closing date.