Prospective Academic Visitors

The Centre for Visual Studies can offer a base within the University to postdoctoral scholars whose work fits the mission of the Centre and Department, and who have a strong reason to access Oxford's exceptional and diverse resources during a research visit.

Applicants must secure independent funding for accommodation and living expenses for the period of their proposed visit and are asked to pay a termly charge, currently £250 per term, as a contribution towards the cost of running the Department's visitor facilities. Please note that we are unable to assist with college association, finding accommodation in Oxford, or arranging travel or visas.  Please also be aware that the Department of History of Art is unable to provide academic visitors with an office.  There are 4 hot desk spaces available in the Centre for Visual Studies, which are available to use between office hours, Mon-Fri only.

Subject to availability, currently we offer up to four places per academic year. Visits normally last between a term and one academic year. Visiting scholars are expected to contribute to the intellectual and social life of the Department during their visit.

Enquiries in the first instance should be made through an academic member of staff from the Department, who would act as sponsor (and mentor for successful applicants). Formal letters of application should be addressed to the Head of Department, together with a completed Visitors Application Form (please note that applications cannot be considered unless you have fully completed this form). 


Required information:

  • CV
  • Statement/proposal of intended activities, including rationale for association with the Department
  • Evidence of outside funding
  • Academic reference
  • Date and duration of proposed visit (please note this would need to be a term or terms during the academic year - i.e. Michaelmas, Hilary or Trinity term - we do not accept academic visitors out of term time or over the summer closure)
  • A completed Visitors Application Form

Conditions for acceptance:

  • Relevancy of the proposed activities to those of the Department.
  • Availability of appropriate academic sponsor/mentor within the Department of History of Art.
  • Availability of resources for proposed duration of visit.