What is the Visiting Fellowship Programme?
The Visiting Fellowship Programme is a core activity of the International Gender Studies Centre. The Programme has been successfully running for 25 years and has hosted Visiting Fellows from 50 countries, including India, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Scandinavia, Japan, U.S.A and Australia. The Fellowship provides an important opportunity for those wishing to take advantage of Oxford’s educational facilities outside the formal degree-awarding structures.
The 141 Fellows the Centre has welcomed to date have worked on a broad range of topics under the general theme of gender, culture and development.
One of the primary objectives of the Centre is to strengthen the position of the Visiting Fellows, both in terms of their careers and in their role as leaders. This approach helps them to make a difference upon their return to their home countries.
The Centre accepts both Visiting Research Fellows and Visiting Study Fellows at different stages of their academic career. Visiting Research and Study Fellows follow individualised research or study programmes, which are developed in consultation with an academic advisor appointed by the Centre.
The Programme enables Visiting Fellows to access the rich academic resources of the University of Oxford. They can attend seminars, lectures and workshops, both within the Centre, Queen Elizabeth House and other University departments. The Programme provides scholars with opportunities to communicate and collaborate with other scholars from diverse disciplines.
Fellows are given desk space, computer facilities, internet connections and access to all of the University’s libraries, and are fully integrated into the social activities of the Centre and Queen Elizabeth House more generally. Visiting Fellows may stay for up to a year, or as little as a month, depending on individual needs.
Conditions for eligibility for the Fellowship bursary
- The candidates should have a proven track record of academic research and ideally a background in community engagement.
- As well as pursuing academic research, the candidates will be required to contribute to activities in Oxford life, academic and non-academic, by giving lectures, media interviews and so forth.
- At the end, the Visiting Fellow will submit a brief report to the funding institution.
How can you help?
We are seeking support for bursaries of £13,600 each in order to enable our most exceptional candidates to study at the Centre for a one-year period without financial constraints. A bursary of £13,600 would cover each Visiting Fellow’s academic fees, subsistence and travel, and encourage the very best fellows to come to Oxford.
The University of Oxford has a long history of public acknowledgement of its benefactors. We would be delighted to discuss with you ways in which we could recognise and celebrate a gift to bursaries for Visiting Fellows, including the naming of the bursary scheme. We would also welcome your own suggestions regarding ongoing involvement with the Centre and the development of a strong and committed partnership with the University.