Visiting Scholars

The Centre for Academic Teaching (CAT) provides the possibility to host visiting academics as Visiting Scholars at Utrecht University. Visits can last between two weeks and three months.

What is a Visiting Scholar?

The positions are intended for staff employed at a recognised university that have, or are interested in pursuing, a collaboration with teaching staff at Utrecht University, or for PhD candidates in educational research programmes who are interested in setting up an elective learning experience by research collaboration. 

During their visit, scholars are considered members of the Centre for Academic Teaching community and will have numerous opportunities to engage with UU staff as well as to participate in CAT activities. For more information about the Centre for Academic Teaching, click here.

How to become a Visiting Scholar at Utrecht University?

Visiting scholars must specify a goal for their visit; e.g. participation in teaching, skill development, educational innovation, educational research in higher education or other scholarly projects relevant to academic teaching, in collaboration with UU teaching staff.

Scholars who wish to visit the Centre need to have a counterpart (liaison) at Utrecht University. Any affiliated scholar of the CAT (board members, Senior Fellows or affiliated faculty) can function as a counterpart during the visit. Requests for a stay as Visiting Scholar will be submitted by the Visiting Scholar, together with their UU counterpart.

Applications can be sent to the board of the Centre for Academic Teaching ( Within two months’ time, applicants are notified of the decision on their eligibility and the possibility of funding. A committee consisting of two board members and a member of the CAT management team will select the Visiting Scholars. An interview via Skype, by telephone or in person may be part of the selection procedure.

Click here to download the application form

For more information, contact the Centre for Academic Teaching (