Visitors to Biochemistry
The Department of Biochemistry welcomes academic visitors and other visitors who wish to benefit from Oxford’s vibrant research culture and contribute to activities within the department.
The Department visitor programme exists to facilitate links and collaboration with other universities, governments and organisations, both in the UK and overseas, and to allow academics and other visitors the opportunity to collaborate in joint research with the department’s academics and allow the opportunity to work with leading academics and professionals.
Your first steps to arranging a visit to Oxford as a visiting researcher include finding an academic host who is willing to support your application to visit, and working out which visa you will need.
Links to Oxford’s many departments and research centres can be found here. Before making a formal application to your intended host department, you will need to:
- Identify an academic who is willing to act as your academic host and mentor during your visit to Oxford. If your chosen mentor is unable to support your visit, contact the departmental administrator for advice.
- Send a clear research proposal to your intended academic host, outlining your plan for your time in Oxford (and note, if you intend to work on a collaborative project you will need to start this process 4-6 months before you arrive).
- Check whether the host department has a specific application process for academic visitors, and if so, whether applications are accepted on a rolling basis or whether any deadlines apply.
- Obtain a letter of support for your visit to Oxford from your home institution – you will need this as part of your application.
- Check whether your host department charges Visitor Fees or Bench Fees.
In order to apply, most departments will expect you to include:
- A visitor programme application form
- A current CV
- A Letter of Support from the academic who is supporting your visit
- A letter from your home institution, confirming approval of your proposed visit to Oxford
- Evidence of how you intend to fund your visit.
More information is available on the University's official site: https://www.ox.ac.uk/research/engage-with-us/international-visiting-researchers/first-steps
PLEASE FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH VISA, RIGHT-TO-WORK CHECKS AND ATAS REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO ANY ACTION.
Departmental Host (Supervisor)
Each visitor must be supervised by a departmental host (supervisor) who will supply a letter of support as part of your application (if required); provide advice on collaborations, events, and other research activities; and introduce the visitor to relevant members of staff.
Visitors have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of department activities during their stay. This may involve collaborating on a research project, organising an event, authoring or co-authoring a research paper or working paper, developing a research proposal for external funding or assisting a research centre in developing networks. Visitors are asked to provide an account of their activities within the department at the end of their stay.
Resources for Visitors
In addition to the support of an academic host, visitors staying longer than a month will be provided with:
- a University card,
- University email,
- access to library services,
- IT and printing facilities,
- a write-up space (provided by your Host group, may be in our open-plan areas)
- access to laboratory bench space if required
- building access (via University card) including cafe area
All visitors can attend open events, workshops, and informal gatherings.
You can read more about the categories of Biochemistry visitors.
Each visitor must be supervised by a departmental host (supervisor) who will supply a letter of support as part of visitor application (if required); provide advice on collaborations, events, and other research activities; and introduce the visitor to relevant members of staff and other contacts.
Biochemistry visitors are responsible for managing their own research activities and work agenda whilst in Oxford and normally will work independently. The visitor's Supervisor will offer advice and support wherever possible, although this may in practice be limited due to the host’s term-time and other commitments.
It is recommended that the prospective visitor consider who in the department might be able to offer a letter of support, and contact him/her for advice before applying. Browse our list of academic members of the Department.
Visitors may join the department for a maximum of one year. A longer stay is usually accepted with Funding/ Fellowship.
The timing of visits is an important consideration, as the atmosphere of the department changes across the academic year.
Applicants are advised to time their visit to coincide with one of Oxford’s three terms, as colleagues are more likely to be available during these times, and visitors who wish to participate in a full calendar of events and other similar research activities should aim to visit in Michaelmas or Hilary terms.
Conversely, if looking for a quieter working environment, you may prefer to visit in Trinity term or the long summer vacation.
Departmental visitors will normally apply for research funding schemes through their home institution in order to fund the cost of their visit. Please note that the department does not provide salary or other financial payments to visitors, unless these form part of a visiting fellowship grant.
In addition to the support of a departmental host, visitors staying longer than a month will be provided with a University card, University email, access to library services, printing facilities and a workspace (when available) with IT support in the department. Visitors are welcome to attend open seminars and guest speaker events throughout the University.
- For academic visitors: If you wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of your visit, you will need to contact the relevant college directly. Please note that there is a separate fee for college association: you will find details on individual college websites - Browse the full list of colleges. Being accepted as an Academic visitor does not automatically grant College association.
- For visiting students: Our Department can accept student visits lasting up to three months. Please note that if you plan a visit for over 6 months, you will need to apply via the Recognised Student route, and the fees for your stay will be greater. It is recommended that you consult the University's fees web pages for further information.
Colleges provide a hub for social events, interdisciplinary interaction and can provide additional support during your visit. If you wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of your visit, you will need to contact the relevant college directly as being accepted as a student visitor to the Department does not automatically come with College affiliation. Please note that there is a separate fee for college association: you will find details on individual college websites.