Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars at the College of Europe in Bruges and Natolin

Call for applications

The College of Europe encourages researchers interested in European studies to apply as visiting scholars. It offers a stimulating international academic environment and two Libraries, one in Bruges and one in Natolin, which are highly specialized on European Union affairs.

Visiting scholars are typically professors who would like to spend their sabbatical leave at the College of Europe or senior researchers who wish to come to the College of Europe for a period of time with the objective of conducting research for a post-doctoral project. The stay at the College can be from one month up to an entire academic year.


The application letter in either English or French should be addressed to the Director of the Academic Administration of the College of Europe in Bruges ( or to the Head of the Academic Administration of the College of Europe in Natolin ( who will submit it to the Academic Council for consideration. The application should specify the motivation, research interest and preferred time of stay and be accompanied by a detailed CV. Each visiting scholar should preferably obtain an affiliation with one of the study programmes at the Bruges Campus, Belgium, or at the Natolin (Warsaw) Campus, Poland.


Normally visiting scholars come with their own external funding but the College of Europe may contribute in kind by allowing the use of its facilities such as:

  • library privileges
  • free internet access
  • free printing, scanning and photocopying
  • meals at staff prices in the College restaurant
  • office space in a College building, subject to availability
  • a College room or apartment at a reduced rate, subject to availability
  • attendance of College events.

Contribution to College life

Visiting scholars should contribute to the extent possible to the academic activities of the Department with which they will be associated. A bench fee of 250 € per month would be charged in case of no specific academic contribution. In agreement with the Director of Studies, their contribution may, for instance, take the form of offering a guest lecture, sharing their expertise with the students, or participating in conferences organised at the College. Visiting scholars are expected to note their academic affiliation with the College at any conference presentations they may undertake during their stay at the College of Europe and in any publications that may arise from it. At the end of their stay, they should submit a short report about their activities to the Rector.

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