Visiting Lecturers and Furth Visiting Lecturers

Visiting Lecturers and Furth Visiting Lecturers

Following a decision of Council in 1991, particularly distinguished visiting lecturers may be awarded the title of Fürth Visiting Lecturer, in memory of Professor Reinhold Fürth, FRSE (1893-1979), whose estate was received by the Society in 1983, and now forms a significant part of its Grants Fund. Such a Lecturer would be introduced as the Royal Society of Edinburgh Fürth Visiting Lecturer. 


  • Awards may be made to individuals of suitable standing from elsewhere in the UK or abroad to assist them to come to Scotland to deliver one or more lectures in Scottish institutions.
  • The Lecturer must be nominated by a Fellow of the Society who will be expected to act as Chairman at the lecture which should be open to anyone interested in attending.  Joint applications from Fellows and Members of the Young Academy of Scotland will be considered more favourably by the Grants Committee than individual applications.
  • Early application is essential so that a grant can be made by the Committee before the arrival of the Lecturer, and the support of the Society can be acknowledged in advertising events in which the Lecturer is taking part.  
  • Grants may be used as a contribution towards travel and subsistence expenses, and suitable entertainment but not for an honorarium, subject to a maximum of £350, but this amount may be increased if the Lecturer were to undertake a limited series of lectures in more than one centre.
  • Fellows are normally expected to seek funds from other United Kingdom grant giving sources e.g. Royal Society, British Academy, British Council, Arts Council, or employing institutions.  Fellows are also encouraged to seek support from sources outwith the United Kingdom.
  • In the event that the time of the proposed visit and the meetings of the Grants Committee and any other funding body concerned require simultaneous applications to be made, the RSE will make a provisional grant on the understanding that the Society will be reimbursed appropriately when the amount awarded from other sources has been decided.  If a Fellow is ineligible for, or has failed to obtain, a grant from other sources, he/she may apply for the overall costs, subject to limits already stated.
  • As with all RSE grants, applications should be made at least four months in advance of the event for which support is being sought.  Retrospective applications will not be considered.

Forms and Guidance

Full Regulations and Application form


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