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Applications for Academic Visitor Status

The Oxford 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 9th November 2015, to be eligible to apply for academic visitor status, prospective applicants must:

(a) hold an established teaching post in a Philosophy department at another University; and

(b) pay an administration fee of £200, 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 to supervision by a member of the Faculty’s academic staff.

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.

How to Apply

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 or PDF) and return it to the Administrative Assistant on along with a Curriculum Vitae and a list of publications. 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 2016/17 are as follows:

Deadline 1: Saturday 3 December 2016

Deadline 2: Saturday 11 March 2017

Deadline 3: Saturday 17 June 2017

On arrival you will be invited to attend a brief induction to the Faculty. These induction sessions take place three times each year during the week before the start of full term (known as noughth week) so it is advisable to arrange the beginning of your visit so that it coincides with an induction session.

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.

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