Visiting Fellowships

Please note that applications can be submitted at any time. Applications are examined at the beginning of each Oxford academic term, i.e. mid-October, mid-January, and end of April.


Visiting Research Fellow Status

ELAC invites applications for a small number of Visiting Academic places. Visitors will be asked to demonstrate that their research connects in substantive ways with the ongoing themes of research pursued by ELAC and its existing members.

The Visiting Fellowship scheme is intended to give those with a research interest related to ELAC's work an opportunity to pursue this within the Institute. Visiting Fellows will be expected to undertake research in an area related to ELAC’s core agenda and be an associate member of the Department. They should either be based in Oxford or be able to spend time here to participate in fully in the activities of ELAC, for example by giving a presentation during their residence. Successful applicants will usually be scholars or practitioners with experience in the areas related to the Institute’s work. The scheme caters for those at various stages in their career, and more senior academics or practitioners may (at the discretion of the Institute) be designated as Senior Visiting Fellows. The term of the fellowship requested should be a maximum of 1 year and please note this is an unpaid fellowship.

Research Associate Status

ELAC has recently agreed to introduce a Research Associate status within the Institute. Those invited, or applying, to this scheme are likely to be those with other current Fellowships or associations within the University of Oxford who also wish to be affiliated with ELAC. This status is unpaid and does not provide access to Departmental resources or facilities. It is reviewed biennially and renewed if appropriate. Research Associates must be willing to engage as fully as possible with the activities and projects of the Institute, either being based in Oxford or willing to participate from their home institution.

Visiting Students

Unfortunately ELAC is currently unable to consider visitor applications from those studying towards a doctorate or other degree. The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford accepts a very limited number of visiting doctoral students each year, and applications must be received in accordance with the Department’s procedures, which can be viewed here. Enquiries regarding this scheme should be sent direct to the Department.

Application Procedure

All applicants are asked to initially provide a covering letter and full CV (with at least two references).

The covering letter should:

  • provide a description of the research or project to be pursued;
  • highlight how this research will contribute to the Institute;
  • include an indication of the intended length of stay and potential start date.

Visiting Fellow applicants should also state whether they have obtained (or are applying for) external funding. Visiting Fellow and Research Associate positions are considered on a termly basis. Initial applications should be emailed to

If approved by ELAC, applications should then be made to the Department of Politics and IR. Application procedures on the Department website here.


ELAC is currently unable to provide funding for Visiting Fellows in the form of a salary or other financial payments. The Institute normally requires visitors to make a contribution to the financial costs incurred by their visit (see the policy and procedures page of the DPIR website). Visitors are therefore encouraged to apply to a visiting fellowship grant scheme (or similar) in parallel with their application to ELAC. Visitors should normally apply for research funding through their home institution.

Please note that the following external funding agencies run academic visitor scheme competitions for visiting periods over three months:

The relevant department will provide the visitor with a University card which will allow access to University buildings and libraries. At the discretion of the relevant department, a workstation and IT support may be provided. However a charge may be levied against the visitor for the provision of these services.

Should you have any queries about the Visitors scheme or the application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch at


There are currently no vacancies at the institute.