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.