Academic Visitors

The Oxford University Philosophy Faculty welcomes Academic Visitors. Academic Visitor status is in principle 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 twelve months at Oxford for the purposes of undertaking private research.

With effect from 12 October 2021, to be eligible to apply for Academic Visitor status, prospective applicants 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) at other universities 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; and
(c)    pay an administration fee of £250 per term, should their application be approved. 

Information about the application procedure can be found below. Academic visitors whose visit is approved by the Faculty are 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 such 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 fields. Details of Oxford University term dates can be found here. The gathered fields for the academic year 2021/22 are as follows:

Deadline 1: Saturday 4 December 2021

Deadline 2: Saturday 12 March 2022

Deadline 3: Saturday 18 June 2022

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 Centre and provided with any paperwork that you might need.

Academic Visitors from overseas may need to obtain an Academic Visitor visa to enter the UK, and details of this are available from the UK Visas and Immigration Office website. In the event that a Visa or Work Permit is required, please be aware that neither the Faculty nor any other part of the University is able to assist with any aspect (financial or administrative) of the application.  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.

Mingyi Chen Wuhan University, China 15/12/2021 - 14/12/2022
Qiqi Wang Xiamen University, China 30/12/2021 - 29/12/2022
Samuel Fletcher University of Minnesota, USA   8/01/2022 - 30/06/2022
Workineh Kelbessa Golga Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia 10/01/2022 - 30/06/2022
Nicolas Zaks Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium 18/02/2022 - 18/06/2022
Gavin Rae Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain   1/03/2022 - 30/06/2022
Sorin Bangu University of Bergen, Norway  21/04/2022 - 18/06/2022
Michael Lewin Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany  24/04/2022 - 18/06/2022
Leo Cheung The Chinese University of Hong Kong  25/04/2022 - 24/06/2022
Justin White Brigham Young University, USA 03/05/2022 - 24/06/2022

Application Forms

Academic Visitor Application Form (MS Word)

Useful Links

University Term Dates

UK Visas and Immigration Office website


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