Academic Visitors

Academic Visitors - Affiliation with Contemporary China Studies

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The Contemporary China Studies Programme (CCSP) offers a fixed number of places to Academic Visitors each year. Academic visitors have complementary research interests with those of our faculty and spend up to three terms (one academic year) at Oxford to pursue a relevant independent research project. As an Academic Visitor you will be able to access many of the research resources of Oxford University and will also be able to attend the lectures, seminar events and other activities of the University China Centre (but not course classes). You will also have access to many of the events organised by the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), of which CCSP is part.


Please note that in order to be eligible to apply to become an Academic Visitor you should be an in-post academic at another university or related institution and not a student (current doctoral students interested in an affiliation with CCSP should apply via the Recognised Student process​).



Academic Visitors must pay fees of £600 per eight-week term or £1,750 per academic year and will be provided with a University card, access to the library, and an email address, but no access to college facilities. We are not able to offer desk space.

The School does not provide salary or other financial payments to visitors. Visitors should apply for research funding schemes through their own institutions. The visitor will also be responsible for their travel, accommodation, visa fees and all maintenance costs.


The application process to become an Academic Visitor with us is in two parts. First, secure a sponsor for your application from within the CCSP faculty. Second, submit your application  to be an Academic Visitor to the Academic Visitor review panel at with ‘Academic Visitor Application’ in the subject line.

Application Process:

Before completing an application form to become a visitor, please read the OSGA Visitors policy & procedure and familiarise yourself with the Visitor application process document. In particular, it is recommended that prospective applicants consider who in the School might be able to offer appropriate support as an Academic Host and contact them for advice before applying to the Academic Visitor Programme.

Please ensure that you submit a complete application with all the required information to

Once you have submitted your application, your identified Academic Host and associated Programme Administrator will be asked to review before it is submitted to the Programme Management Committee for approval.


Visitors should note that applications will need to be submitted by the following deadlines for the academic year 2023-24 to enable all Programme Management Committees to approve applications:

  • Monday 25 September 2023 (Michaelmas Term Programme Management Committees)
  • Monday 1 January 2024 (Hilary Term Programme Management Committees)
  • Monday 8 April 2024 (Trinity Term Programme Management Committees)

However, visitors requiring a visa and/or ATAS clearance should note that their visit start date may be impacted and/or delayed by the visa/ATAS process.



  1. The review of your application by the panel
    1. Applications are considered individually on their merits by the Programme's review panel twice during the academic year, not on a rolling basis, and you should ensure that you send your application in time for review at one of these dates.
    2. The first review date is 31st January each year and you should expect to receive a decision on your application by end of March.
    3. The second review date is 1st May each year and you should expect to receive a decision on your application by end of June.


We receive many academic visitor applications. Places to be an Academic Visitor with our Programme are limited in number each year. In selecting from the applications, the panel will aim for a balance across different research interests. The panel is therefore unlikely to be able to offer invitations to all applications received.


Previous academic visitors