Prospective Academic Visitors


The Centre for Visual Studies can offer an office base within the University to postdoctoral scholars whose work fits the mission of the Centre and Department and who have a strong reason to utilise Oxford's exceptional and diverse resources during a research visit. For information on current visitors to the Department, please see Academic Visitors.

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 partial contribution towards the cost of running the Department's visitor facilities.  (We are unable to assist with finding accommodation, college association, travel or visa arrangements.)  Subject to availability (we currently offer up to 4 places per academic year), visits are normally between a term and one academic year, and may be renewed for a total of 2 years upon reapplication.  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.

Postgraduate students registered at other universities can join the Department as a 'Recognised Student' for up to three terms, under expert guidance by an Oxford art historian. More information can be found at

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
  • Resources required (desk, computer, etc).

Conditions for acceptance:

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