Visiting Researchers

The School of Humanities welcomes expressions of interest from colleagues at various stages of their career who would like to contribute to, and benefit from, our research culture. Visitors are normally in residence for up to one year and, whilst their primary focus is on their own research projects, they are strongly encouraged to participate in research-related activities across the School and wider faculty.


The School of Humanities has a vibrant research culture encompassing five departments (Classics and Ancient History, English, History, History of Art and Religion and Theology). Visitors can benefit generally from a wealth of subject-specific and interdisciplinary resource, but the following specific benefits can be gained:

  • Development of relationships with experienced researchers and access to a wide variety of research-related events both in the School and more widely;
  • The opportunity to participate in the life of one of our departments, all of which are home to multiple research clusters;
  • Opportunities to present your research to colleagues within the department and wider School for peer support and input.  


The School of Humanities charges a bench fee of £500 + VAT per term or £1000 + VAT per year and this must be paid in advance of the researcher’s visit.

The fee includes access to a workspace in a shared office, University of Bristol email account and access to library resources and access to a range of talks and events in line with what is described above. Please note visiting researchers are required to bring their own laptop as a desktop computer cannot always be provided.

Application and Selection

If you are interested in being a Visiting Research Associate, you should make a short application via the application form on the right outlining your research interests. It is expected that you will already hold a PhD. The application form should then be sent to Selection will be based on the relevance of the research topic to the research themes active in that department. A good standard of English is essential.

If approved, you will receive a letter confirming your place as a ‘Visiting Research Associate’ and the dates of your intended stay. The payable bench fee amount will be included along with a link to the University’s online shop where you can make payment of the fee in advance of arriving at the University.

Please note that visitors from outside the UK will need to be aware of any current travel or visa restrictions.  

Application Form

Anyone with a PhD qualification is eligible to apply for Visiting Research Associate status.

Any applicants from outside the UK should consult the University's temporary worker guidance and check any relevant visa requirements.  

Applications can be made by completing the Visiting Academic application form (Office document, 725kB) and sending this with all relevant documentation to

Edit this page