Visiting Academics

Please note: Some international travel restrictions and local public health guidelines are still in place. Please consider this when making enquiries. The same review process will apply to any applications and a fee will still be applicable.

The COMPAS Visiting Academic Programme encourages senior academics, practitioners and policy makers (typically those on a period of sabbatical or study leave from their organisation), as well as post-doctoral scholars, to visit COMPAS and undertake a period of self-directed research with the support of senior academics here at COMPAS who are specialists within the field of migration studies.

Visit periods can last from one term through to one year (dependent on visa rules), and applications are welcomed all year round. Applications to COMPAS are accepted on the basis of appropriateness to our key research themes.

A COMPAS Visiting Academic has no official affiliation to the University of Oxford and the association is designed for periods of independent, self-directed research work. It is not an internship, a training course, nor is it applicable for people wishing to apply for a student visa to study on a course. COMPAS is unable to assist with visa applications.

Please note that you if you are a DPhil/PhD student at the time of your intended visit, you must apply via Recognised Students. Your application will not be considered for the COMPAS Visiting Academic programme.


There is a fee of £1,400.00 per term. Fees are reduced by 50% over the summer break (July – September). Unfortunately, we are unable to negotiate fee waivers, and charges are by term (see University of Oxford term dates).

Application procedure

Link-person: Before applying you must establish a link-person at COMPAS who will be happy to support your visit. Contact a member of COMPAS academic staff with a brief description of your work, the reason for wanting to visit COMPAS and a request for them to act as your ‘link-person’. Establishment of a link-person does not automatically guarantee acceptance as a Visiting Academic.

Request an application: Once you have the support of a link-person, contact and request an application form. Please clearly mark the subject of the email COMPAS Visiting Academic Application.

Submission and assessment of application: Submit your completed application form to The completed form will then be submitted to our senior committee for review and a final decision. A decision will normally be made and communicated within 3-4 weeks of receiving the application. Applications should be submitted at least two months in advance of a proposed visit.

Current visiting academics