With faculty and visitors from across the world, the Institute’s vibrant Visitors' Programme reflects its global approach to population ageing.
We offer the opportunity for academics and those from the corporate and policy/practice world as well as students to spend a period of independent self-directed study and research, with the support of specifically assigned researchers at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing as mentors. The main purpose of the Visitors' Programme is to enhance the academic work (research) of the Institute as well as the visitor’s by mutual exchange and learning.
The Institute offers:
- Workspace with either a fixed pc or a laptop port, according to individual requirements, together with IT facilities and support
- Library access
- University card
- Access to general seminars across the collegiate university
- An academic mentor
We invite various categories of applications - Professors, Research Fellows, Post-Docs and Students - as well as interested candidates from community organisations and the corporate world. With the Institute’s focus on global population ageing, we particularly welcome applications from abroad. All visitors are asked to contribute a donation to the Institute's Leslie Kirkley Fund to support emerging researchers from developing and transitional economies. Applications are received all year round and its acceptance is dependent on the relevance to our key research themes.
Visits may range from a few days to one academic year. Admission to the Visitors' Programme is competitive and limited to no more than fifteen visitors during each term.
All visitors should in the first instance contact Dr George Leeson (email@example.com) for information or see below for more detail and forms.
Application forms for academic and student visitors are below.
Fees and funding:
Visitors are required to pay a non-negotiable bench-fee for each academic term of stay to cover resource costs. This fee does not include costs related to travel, accommodation and other personal living expenses. The majority of visitors are self-funded through personal bursaries, support from funding bodies or from corporate or policy bodies
The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing is, however, committed to annually sponsor, through designated bursaries, two emerging researchers. The Leslie Kirkley programme (non-OECD countries) and the James Martin programme (OECD countries) offer a bursary for the payment of the bench-fee for one term but do not cover the costs of travel, accommodation and other personal expenses. For further information on these visitors' programmes, please see below.
The Collen Visitors’ Programme, offers designated bursaries to visitors interested in exploring the role of education and environment in fertility decision making in developing countries. See Collen Programme and Collen Visitors’ Programme for further information.
We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford!
Academic visitors generally hold an academic appointment at a university elsewhere and visit the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing to pursue their research agenda within one of our research programmes or within the Institute more generally. Practitioners likewise will visit to collaborate in joint research with our academics. Post-doctoral applicants are also welcome. Visitors will normally be given the title of ‘Visiting Research Fellow’ and will use this title in all references to their association with the Institute and the University of Oxford. ‘Senior Visiting Research Fellow’ may be given where appropriate.
If they do not hold a passport from a European Economic Area (EEA) member country or Switzerland, they would need to contact the Administrative Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) well in advance of the proposed visit start date in order to discuss visa arrangements. They will need to wait until accepted as a Visitor before applying for a visa. Once accepted we will provide a letter of support to facilitate visa application. The following will apply:
- If they will not be undertaking paid employment as part of the visit, they will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa (https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa)
- If they will be collaborating on a research project and receiving a salary from us during the visit, they will need to apply for a Tier 5 work permit (https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-government-authorised-exchange); the University will need to assist with the submission of the application.
If they wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of the visit, they will need to contact the relevant college directly. There is probably a separate fee for college association: details on individual college websites.
Student visitors would be outstanding doctoral students who wish to benefit from Oxford’s vibrant research culture and contribute to the activity of the Institute. The student visitor programme exists to allow doctoral students the opportunity to work with leading academics and professionals. Student visitors cannot attend course-specific classes whilst in Oxford.
If they do not hold a passport from a European Economic Area (EEA) member country or Switzerland, they would need to contact the Administrative Officer (email@example.com) well in advance of the proposed visit start date in order to discuss visa arrangements. If they are not from the EEA or Switzerland, the visa arrangements will depend on the length of stay:
- Less than six months: In order to visit the UK they will need a letter of support from OIA, confirming the visit. The letter of support will facilitate entry to the UK as a Short-Term Student Visitor.
- More than six months: once accepted as a student visitor by the OIA, they will need to make a second application to the University Recognised Student Scheme in order to then apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa. The OIA will supply the necessary letter of support, confirming the visit, to facilitate this process. Please note that without the Tier 4 Student Visa they will not be able to enter the UK. Allow an extra three months in the overall application process for this step.
Colleges provide a hub for social events, interdisciplinary interaction and can provide additional support during your visit. If they wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of the visit, they will need to contact the relevant college directly. There is probably a separate fee for college association: details on individual college websites.
The Leslie Kirkley visitor for scholars/policy makers/practitioners from non OECD countries
The OIA is able to annually sponsor emerging researchers and those from the corporate and policy / practice world from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe (from non-OECD Countries) through a designated bursary. These visits are for one academic term only and the bursary does not include costs related to travel, accommodation and other personal living expenses.
The James Martin Visitor for scholars from OECD countries
The OIA is able to annually sponsor emerging researchers and those from the corporate and policy / practice world from OECD Countries through a designated bursary. These visits are for one academic term only and the bursary does not include costs related to travel, accommodation and other personal living expenses.
Collen Visitor’s Programme
The Collen programme broadly explores the population change in developing countries.
Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and the Institute is committed to sponsor candidates through designated bursaries. Collen Visitors will independently work on any one or more of the Collen Programme themes. The duration of the visit will depend on specific visa regulations but a period not less than 3 months is preferred.
Applicants must provide:
- A completed application form
- A current CV
Collen Visiting Associates (research /policy /practice background):
- Collen Visiting Associate Application Form
- Collen Visiting Associate Reference Form
- Information for Applicants
Collen Visiting Fellows (on post-doctoral level):