Visiting Fellowships 2023-2024: Further Particulars

Each year the College offers a number of Visiting Fellowships to people who intend to engage in study and research in Oxford and are prepared to participate in the academic life of the College.  Visiting Fellows are expected to be resident in Oxford during the tenure of the Fellowship.  A Visiting Fellow may be elected for a period of one, two, or three terms within the Oxford academic year. Three-term applications are particularly welcome. 

The dates of term at Oxford for 2023–2024 are:

Michaelmas Term (from Sunday 8 October to Saturday 2 December 2023) 
Hilary Term (from Sunday 14 January to Saturday 9 March 2024) 
Trinity Term (from Sunday 21 April to Saturday 15 June 2024)

Visiting Fellows are expected to be normally resident in Oxford during term.  The period of the Visiting Fellowship extends for an additional two weeks either side of each term.  Residential accommodation in Oxford and office space in College for Fellows who are elected for the Michaelmas Term should be available from 24 September. For Visiting Fellows with school-age children it is usually possible to arrange an earlier arrival in and later departure from their residential accommodation (but not office space in College) in order to harmonise with school terms.  Visiting Fellows who are elected for more than one term may also be in residence during the vacation(s) between those terms.

The College receives many strong applications for Visiting Fellowships. Profiles of the successful candidates this year may be viewed here. The College is committed to promoting diversity, and particularly encourages applications from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, and others with a protected characteristic who are currently under-represented in the academic community at Oxford. In the last decades, we have had many Visiting Fellows from around the world and we welcome international applicants. 

The College usually aims to accommodate nine or ten Visiting Fellows in each term.

Eligibility
Most Visiting Fellows are holders of university posts, but the College also welcomes applications from others, including those in public life (e.g. in law, public policy, journalism, or the arts) who wish to carry out scholarly work in Oxford.  Visiting Fellowships are not normally offered to academic candidates who will have reached the retiring age for academic fellows of the College – i.e. who are 68 before 1 October 2023, other than in exceptional circumstances. However, candidates from public life whose prior responsibilities precluded the possibility of applying may be eligible provided they apply to take up a Visiting Fellowship within a year of leaving public life.  There is no limitation upon the field of study. There is no lower age limit, but Visiting Fellowships are not normally offered to candidates with doctorates awarded in the last seven years other than in exceptional circumstances.  It is the College’s policy not to offer Visiting Fellowships to persons holding posts in Oxford or who are already resident in or near Oxford.

What the Fellowship Offers
Although Visiting Fellows are not members of the governing body of the College, they enjoy nearly all the privileges of ordinary Fellows (including lunches and dinners without charge).  The College normally provides without charge a study in College and fully-furnished residential accommodation in Oxford.  This accommodation is large enough to accommodate a partner if wished, and accommodation suitable for Visiting Fellows accompanied by very young or school age children can usually also be provided. Details of childcare provision and schooling in Oxford can be found here.

There is no salary attached to Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Fellows are expected to meet their own visa and medical insurance costs.  In exceptional circumstances the College may offer limited financial help.  Any candidates desiring to take advantage of this provision should indicate this at the time of application in the ‘Financial Subvention’ section of the online form.

Selection Procedures
The College has to choose every year from among a very large number of well-qualified applicants, in widely varied fields of study.  In making this choice, we give weight to intellectual quality, to the interest and feasibility of the research project, and to the benefit of carrying it out in Oxford. We also aim to create a good disciplinary mix of Visiting Fellows.  We therefore ask applicants to include with their application form a full statement, of not more than 1,000 words, of the scholarly project they would pursue during their tenure of a Visiting Fellowship, and of the benefit of carrying it out in Oxford.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring
In order to enable the College to monitor the effectiveness of its equality policy and procedures, all candidates are invited to complete the confidential recruitment monitoring form, which is processed entirely separately from the applications and plays no part in the selection process.  

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online by 4pm (UK time), Friday 19 August 2022.  The online system will contact the applicant’s two referees once the application has been submitted, and allow referees to view the applicant’s CV, research proposal and list of publications.  References must be received by 4pm (UK time), on Friday 2 September 2022 at the latest.  In the event of need to change an application after submission, please contact the Fellows’ Secretary.  

Only applications made through the online CASC application system will be accepted.

Applications will open via this link on Tuesday 31 May 2022.

Applicants will need to upload:
•    an up-to-date curriculum vitae
•    a list of publications
•    a research proposal (up to 1,000 words) and
•    if you are seeking a financial subvention, a letter of explanation.

All files should be in PDF format.

The online application system is hosted by the Colleges’ Administrative Software Consortium Fellowship Application System (in Cambridge).  All inquiries about the application process and submitted applications should be made to the Fellows’ Secretary, All Souls College, Oxford OX1 4AL, e-mail fellows.secretary@all-souls.ox.ac.uk  Candidates may expect to hear the outcome of their application by the end of November 2022.