Academic Visitors

The Faculty of Philosophy welcomes Academic Visitors. In principle, Academic Visitor status is available to holders of an established teaching or research post in the Philosophy department at another university who wish to spend a period of up to 12 months at Oxford for the purposes of undertaking private research.

With effect from 12th October 2021, prospective Visitors must:

(a)    hold an established teaching or research post in a Philosophy department at another university. This can include holders of distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships (on a par with British Academy, Royal Society, or Wellcome Trust Fellowships) but does not normally include those who hold a temporary university position or a university position while completing a doctorate;

(b)    have obtained the support of a member of the Philosophy Faculty Panel at Oxford;

(c)    meet the Home Office criteria for the appropriate visa route for the visit (if applicable); and

(d)    pay an administration fee of £250 per term, should their application be approved. 

Information about the application procedure can be found below. Approved Academic Visitors are then entitled to attend lectures and seminars organised by the Philosophy Faculty, register with the Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library at Radcliffe Humanities and with the University’s Bodleian Library, and make contact with members of the Faculty as they wish. However, they are not entitled to accommodation, an office, secretarial facilities, or supervision by a member of the Faculty’s academic staff.

Prospective visitors must follow the application process outlined below. The Philosophy Faculty reserves the right to reject applications at its discretion.

In order to apply to become an Academic Visitor, you will need to complete an Academic Visitor Application Form (Word) and return it to the Administrative Assistant on along with a Curriculum Vitae, a list of publications and a copy/scan of your current passport. Applications will be considered at three points during the year after the end of each term, and therefore must be received by us by the last day of term. Applications received after the relevant deadlines will be considered at the next available gathered field. Details of Oxford University term dates can be found here. The gathered fields for the academic year 2023/24 are as follows:

Deadline 1: Saturday 2 December 2023

Deadline 2: Saturday 9 March 2024

Deadline 3: Saturday 15 June 2024

On arrival you will be invited to attend a brief induction to the Faculty with the Administrative Assistant.  You will be shown around the Facilities available to you in the Philosophy Faculty and provided with any paperwork that you might need.

Academic Visitors from overseas may need to obtain a visa to enter the UK. In the event that a visa is required, the faculty will provide you with an appropriate supporting letter for your visa application, but please be aware that we are unable to assist with any aspect (financial or administrative) of the application process. Applicants are required to ensure that they have obtained in advance of their visit any visa which is required in order to enable them to enter the UK under the appropriate status. A formal letter of invitation will be issued by the Faculty.

Huub Brouwer Tilburg University, Netherlands 09/04/2024 - 15/06/2024
Wenjin Liu Duke University, USA 29/04/2024 - 11/06/2024
Mirjam Müller Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany 29/04/2024 - 30/06/2024
José Filipe Pereira da Silva University of Helsinki, Finland 07/05/2024 - 31/05/2024
William Simpson University of Texas at Austin, USA and Durham University, UK 22/09/2023 - 31/07/2024
Saul Smilansky University of Haifa, Israel 04/09/2023 - 14/08/2024
José Filipe Pereira da Silva University of Helsinki, Finland 07/05/2024 - 31/05/2024
Víctor Verdejo Pompeu Fabra University, Spain 08/01/2024 - 31/07/2024
Rafał Wonicki University of Warsaw, Poland 01/05/2024 - 30/05/2024
Yuntao Zhang Wuhan University, China 20/08/2023 - 20/08/2024


Application Forms

Academic Visitor Application Form (MS Word)

Useful Links

University Term Dates


If you have any further queries regarding Academic Visitor status in the Philosophy Faculty, please contact the Administrative Assistant.