Visiting Scholarship Scheme

Visiting Scholars will be senior academics (normally those who have reached the equivalent of Professor, Associate Professor or UK University Lecturer level), who would like to conduct their research 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, will participate in all its events during that time, and will have access to our Visiting Scholars writing group. 

Visiting Scholars will obtain membership of Wolfson Common Room (entitling the scholar to a University Card and use of the Bodleian Library; dining rights in hall; 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), use all the College facilities, attend Guest Night dinners and bring guests to dine in Hall for lunch and dinner.  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. 

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.


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.


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 1st April 2022 Friday 8th April 2022 Friday 22nd April 2022
Friday 6th May 2022 Friday 20th May 2022 Friday 27th May 2022
Friday 9th September 2022 Friday 23rd September 2022 Friday 7th October 2022
Friday 14th October 2022 Friday 28th October 2022 Friday 11th November 2022