University of Edinburgh, Distinguished Scholar at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The Fulbright Scotland Distinguished Scholar Award at Edinburgh contributes to the intellectual life of the university through seminars, public lectures and curriculum development in any discipline within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences based at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (IASH) for six months.

The University of Edinburgh is an uncompromising mix of tradition and innovation; heritage with forward thinking; excellent academic credentials with an open friendly culture, all in one of Europe's most exciting cities.

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh has some of the oldest and most prestigious academic departments in the world, including, for example, the world's first English literature department.

The university is situated in the heart of Scotland's capital, a cosmopolitan city with national museums, theatres and galleries to rival the best in Europe.

Famed for its ancient castle, medieval centre and elegant Georgian architecture, Edinburgh has become known as the Athens of the North. The entire city centre, which includes many University buildings, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The annual Edinburgh Festival is the largest arts festival in the world, and is just one of many annual festivals held in the city. Visitors soon feel at home in Edinburgh which, in a recent national survey, was voted the friendliest city in the UK.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of the three Colleges in the University of Edinburgh and has 12 schools. While they will be based at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) for the duration of their visit, the Distinguished Scholar is expected to nominate a host school from the following list:

  • Business School
  • Centre for Open Learning
  • Divinity
  • Economics
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Health in Social Science
  • History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Law
  • Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
  • Social and Political Science

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, for 2021-22, there is particular interest in scholars who work on decoloniality, to complement the Institute Project on Decoloniality. This would cover issues including but not limited to:

  • African American Studies
  • decolonising gender and sexuality
  • decolonising the curriculum
  • anticolonial and decolonial theory
  • intellectuals in and from the Global South
  • intersectionality and multiple inequalities
  • race and racialisation
  • de-centering Western feminist knowledge production
  • Scotland’s role in the British Empire
  • the University of Edinburgh’s colonial legacy and alumni roles in the slave trade
  • the histories of Edinburgh graduates and staff of colour

We also welcome interdisciplinary applications in the Medical Humanities, Environmental Humanities, Digital Humanities or Gender and Sexualities Studies.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities was established in 1969 to promote interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh. It provides an international, interdisciplinary and autonomous space for discussion and debate. Since its foundation, more than 1,200 scholars from 75 countries have held Institute fellowships; and up to 28 Fellows are in residence at any one time. Housed in a secluded 19th-century courtyard overlooking the Meadows, the Institute is adjacent to most centres of University activity.

In addition to conducting academic research, the University would expect the Distinguished Scholar to participate in lectures, research seminars and staff seminars at both the host School and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

Informal interaction with students and staff and participation in regular research seminars could extend throughout the academic year. Award holders may wish to contribute to relevant workshops and colloquia and give lectures and seminars, such as a Master's class for graduate students in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Grant amount

  • £27,500
  • Accommodation stipend of up to £1,250 per month

This funding is intended as a contribution towards US-UK travel, institutional fees, and general maintenance costs while in the UK.