Visiting Scholarship Scheme

Visiting Scholars will be senior academics (normally those who have reached the equivalent of Professor or Associate Professor) or have a distinguished track record in their field. Visiting Scholars will undertake their own research and writing while benefitting from the intellectual support of OCLW and Wolfson College.

Successful applicants will have the title of Visiting Scholars of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing for the duration of their stay, can participate in all its events during that time, and will have access to our Visiting Scholars group, which meets weekly in a hybrid format. While there is no supervisory structure to the placement, scholars are encouraged to meet with each other to discuss their work outside of the group if they wish to.

Visiting Scholars will obtain membership of Wolfson Common Room (entitling the scholar to a University Card and use of the Bodleian Library; use of the college library and sports facilities; room hire and eligibility of most College committees). Visiting Scholars may join College clubs and societies (a charge may apply for some clubs), attend Guest Night dinners and bring guests to dine in Hall for lunch and dinner (all meals are paid for by the scholar). They may also apply to the Accommodation Office for housing during their stay, although there is a great demand, and it may not be possible to meet scholars' needs. 

Successful applications will pay a termly fee of £539 (2023-24 rate), which consists of a £250 administration fee each to Wolfson College and to the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, and £39 common room fee. These fees will be payable each term during the placement, whether or not you are in residence that term.

We do not provide funding (or help in searching for funding) for accommodation, travel, or living expenses.

Profiles of our current Visiting Scholars can be found on our People page.

Planning your visit

We would strongly encourage you to plan your visit to coincide with one or more of Oxford University's terms as OCLW does not run events or meetings out of term. Oxford's year is divided into three terms: Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity; for further details and dates, please click here

Applicants may apply for between 1 and 3 academic terms (1 year total) in the first instance; existing Visiting Scholars may apply for an extension of their Scholarship up to a maximum of 2 years.

Please note: due to the high volume of proposals currently being received we encourage you to apply at least two terms ahead (i.e. apply in Michaelmas Term for a start date the following Trinity Term, and so on). Please let us know if your start date is flexible, or if you need to apply by a particular round in order to be able to arrange flights, funding, or other matters.

In addition to unnamed Visiting Scholarships, we support a growing number of Visiting Scholarships in specific sub-fields of life-writing, as follows:

  • Johns Hopkins Visiting Scholarship in the Medical Humanities (next open for placements to begin no earlier than MT 2025)
  • Vera Fine-Grodzinski Visiting Scholarship in Writing Jewish Women's Lives (currently open to applications)

If you would like to apply for a named Visiting Scholarship please mention this as part of your application.

How to apply

In the first instance, send a CV and 1 page proposal of your project to Please indicate in your email your ideal start date and intended duration of your scholarship.

If OCLW considers your proposal a good fit, we will then invite you to submit a formal application to become a member of Wolfson College, for review by the Fellowships and Membership Committee.

Please note that you usually cannot be a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College if you are already a member of another college or employed by the University.

Graduate students are not eligible for the Visiting Scholarship scheme, but can apply for a Visiting Doctoral Studentship.

We will acknowledge receipt of all applications via email. If you don't receive an acknowledgement please contact us again.


Upcoming Application Cycles

Proposal to OCLW due by

If invited –

Wolfson College application form due by

Notification of outcome by
Friday 12 January 2024 Friday 2 February 2024 Friday 16 February 2024
Friday 15 March 2024 Friday 5 April 2024 Friday 19 April 2024
Friday 19 April 2024 Friday 10 May 2024 Friday 23 May 2024