Visiting Academics are an important part of the Centre’s work and its wider reach. As well as pursuing research projects, our academic visitors discuss and nourish the broader work of the Centre at research days, and by contributing to other activities such as symposia and conferences. As well as forming part of the Centre’s intellectual community, they also benefit from access to a wide range of valuable resources for scholars in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, which libraries at the University of Cambridge have been amassing for centuries. Visiting Fellows and Research Associates are usually appointed by invitation only. Apply to be a Visiting Scholar.

As a University-wide institution the Centre works across the humanities and social sciences at Cambridge. Please note that the Centre is not a teaching Institution and does not offer undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Further information about the University courses can be found here: undergraduate courses and graduate courses.

Here is some practical information about the University and the local area.


The University Library contains one of the greatest collections of books and manuscripts in the world. The Library provides a number of services, some of which are only available to members of the University:

  • The Newton Catalogue
  • Electronic journals and online databases and other electronic resources.

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies also houses the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library, which possesses more than 50,000 volumes.

The University Centre

The University Centre is the social centre for the graduate members of the University. There are PWF computing facilities, a café, restaurant and bar as well as recreational areas.


We regret to say that the Centre is unable to help with accommodation but the Society for Newcomers and Visiting Scholars can help with finding accommodation in Cambridge, as can the University Accommodation Services. Visiting Fellows should note that accommodation and childcare in Cambridge are expensive.