Visitor programme

Our vibrant visitor programme enriches the culture and knowledge of the School, develops innovative and productive collaborations, and creates global networks to generate solutions and share best practice.

The School recognises and appreciates the valuable contribution that visitors make to the work and life of the institution and welcomes applications from Visiting Scholars and Visiting Fellows of Practice.

Visiting Scholars have a doctorate or an equivalent academic qualification and are currently employed at another Higher Education Institution (or an equivalent research organisation).

Visiting Fellows of Practice are individuals working as practitioners in a policy-related area.

Visitor application process

Please note:
In order to comply with UK government and University of Oxford regulations on social distancing, the Blavatnik School is not currently accepting any new applications for in-person visiting fellows and visiting scholars. We hope to be able to accept these applications from January 2021 (Hilary term) for visits starting from April 2021 (Trinity term).

We are accepting applications now for remote visits from January 2021. Please do contact us if you would like to find out more about the visitor programme and to register your interest in applying for a visitorship. Read more about our response to the coronavirus situation.


Visitor applications are considered quarterly in a gathered field. The next application deadline is Friday 25 September for visitors from January 2021. You will receive a response within a month of the application deadline.

If you are interested in applying to be a visitor please contact our team at visitors@bsg.ox.ac.uk for more information and a visitor application form.

Visiting Scholars to the School will be expected to have an agreed sponsor from the Blavatnik School faculty and to cover a monthly bench fee during their stay.

We ask that all our visitors engage in the School community and contribute to the School by engaging in core activities at the School during their visit. Some examples of core activities include: mentoring our Masters in Public Policy (MPP) students, contributing to our professional skills programme, giving guest lectures at the School and help or participation in appropriate projects.

Please note: due to the high level of visitor requests the School receives we are unable to offer Blavatnik School affiliation to all applicants.

Doctoral students

Current doctoral students wishing to spend some time at the Blavatnik School should apply through the recognised student process and the Blavatnik School admissions team admissions@bsg.ox.ac.uk. For information on the Blavatnik School doctoral programme visit the DPhil in Public Policy section.