Applications for Faculty visitorships are considered by the Faculty Board through the Planning and Resources Committee. 


Academics from other institutions are eligible to apply for Faculty visitorships. Graduate students wishing to visit the University should apply as Recognised Students.

Visitors coming to the University from outside the UK/Ireland are required to enter the UK under an immigration category appropriate for their intended activity. For more information please see here  and do discuss early in the planning stage with your Faculty sponsor. 

How to apply

Visitors should provide a CV along with a statement indicating:

- the proposed dates of the visit;
- the proposed research;
- any ongoing collaborations or associations with existing Faculty members.

    Visitors need a Faculty postholder (associate professor or statutory professor) to sponsor them. The sponsor will provide a statement of support detailing the collaborative activities to be undertaken during the course of the visit.

    Documents should be emailed to


    The Faculty Planning and Resources Committee considers applications for visitorships and makes recommendations to the Board. Assessment criteria include:

    - the academic merit of the proposed research;
    - the strength of the statement of support provided by a Faculty postholder.

    Terms and conditions

    The Faculty will confirm to you and your sponsor that your visit has been approved. You will at that stage be provided with a letter of invitation and asked to sign a visitorship undertaking.

    Visitors are given an email address and access to the University libraries. Visitors may offer an (unpaid) seminar during their visit. It is not normally possible to provide visitors with desk space within the Faculty offices. Visitorships cannot normally last longer than six months. Visitors are asked to pay an administrative fee of £250 per term.

    Further information

    Enquiries should be addressed to in the first instance.

    Recognised Students and Visiting Students

    Those who wish to do research in Oxford for only one year or less may apply for the student status either of Recognised Student or of Visiting Student. Such students are not registered for an Oxford University qualification, but are able to attend lectures in the Faculty. Academic advisers are appointed for Recognised Students by the Faculty Board, whereas supervision is arranged for Visiting Students by their college. The number of those who can be admitted in this way is limited and the status will normally only be granted to those who are engaged in theological research for a degree of some other university and would gain special benefit from a short period of work in Oxford.

    How to apply

    Those wishing to be considered as Recognised Students need to apply for admission on a form obtainable online here. Candidates are strongly advised to read the Notes of Guidance carefully before starting their application. For more information, contact:

    The Graduate Studies Administrator
    Theology and Religion Faculty Centre
    Gibson Building (Floor 2),
    Radcliffe Observatory Quarter,
    Woodstock Road,
    Oxford OX2 6GG

    Tel: +44 (0)1865 270714

    Application forms for persons wishing to come as Visiting Students can be obtained here. Candidates are strongly advised to read the information on the webpage carefully before starting their application. All applications (graduate and undergraduate) are dealt with by colleges and by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. For more information, contact:

    Undergraduate Admissions Office
    University Offices
    Wellington Square
    Oxford, OX1 2JD
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 288000
    Fax: +44 (0)1865 280125