Visitor Programme

The OII welcomes applications from well-qualified academics to undertake various visiting fellowships at the department, usually funded by external bodies. Details of these, examples of schemes that fund them and information on how to apply can be found below. For all enquiries, please contact Ornella Sciuto, Administrative Assistant, on

Visiting Fellows and Associates

The OII welcomes each year a number of established scholars, industry leaders, practitioners, Civil Society advocates and policy makers of distinction or outstanding promise. The programme is designed to give our Visiting Fellows the opportunity to pursue study and research concerning the social impact of the Internet and related ICTs.

Visiting Fellowships may be awarded to suitably qualified academics to undertake study or research at the Institute for a period of between three and twelve months. Academics from other Universities visiting for a period between one week and three months may be awarded Academic Visitor Status. Visiting Associateships may be awarded to suitably qualified policy makers and industry practitioners or equivalent to undertake study or research at the Institute for a period of between three and twelve months.

Application Process

All applications should be discussed with the department in the first instance, and all external applications will need approval from both the Department and the University's Research Services Office (RSO). Further information and details on how to apply may be obtained from Ornella Sciuto, Administrative Assistant, Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JS. Tel: +44 (0)1865 612330, Email:

Closing dates for 2013 - 2014 applications: 3 October 2013, 9 January 2014 and 17 April 2014

Please note that the OII does not accept applications from Visiting Doctoral students.

Visitor Funding Schemes

Funding may be available from various schemes that support visiting fellowships. The following list is an example of the types of scheme that can be applied for:

Postdoctoral Fellowships

We accept early career researchers supported by Postdoctoral Fellowships from external funding bodies. These Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for scholars who have recently completed a doctorate in a relevant discipline and who wish to pursue research on the societal impact of the Internet, broadly defined. Candidates may also be considered if they are near completion of their dissertation and would expect to have received their doctorate before taking up the Fellowship. The length of the Fellowship depends on the external funding body's requirements but they are usually for one or two years.

There are several schemes to enable those who have recently submitted or completed their doctorate to pursue an academic career and to obtain experience of research and teaching in the university environment. It is strongly recommended that you make your application through the Department so that we can deal with all procedures and provide advice and support during the application process. Please contact Ornella Sciuto ( if you are interested in applying for a postdoctoral fellowship.

  • The Department is willing to consider prospective applications from its own graduate students as well as those from other Departments or Higher Education Institutions as long as your research comes under the Department's remit
  • For all prospective external applications, the proposal is considered by the Research Committee which recommends whether the Department should support the application
  • Please note that the Department does not necessarily support all applications.
  • All external funding applications require the support and approval of both the Department and the University's Research Services Office (RSO).

Application Process

Potential applicants should notify Ornella Sciuto, Personnel and Administrative Officer ( well in advance of the scheme deadline of their intention to apply, to seek approval of the funding scheme. If approved a formal application should be submitted to the OII at least twelve weeks in advance of the scheme deadline. The application should consist of the following:

  • A completed visitor application form
  • A statement indicating why the Department should support the applicant
  • An academic CV
  • A draft research proposal
  • A supporting reference from the applicant's supervisor
  • External applicants must also provide a full academic record, full transcript of graduate marks and an official record of any transfer of status

Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes

The following is a list of schemes for which we accept applications:

We will also accept applications to other schemes subject to eligibility criteria and funding rules.

HCN Visitor Programme

With generous support from VSD Medical Science and Technology, the OII has established the Health Collaboration Network (HCN) to support international collaboration in biomedical research and to facilitate scholarly exchange. Full details of the programme, including an application form, can be found on the programme website.