Funding for Visiting Researchers

A Visiting Researcher is usually an academic who has requested or is asked to come to the University for a certain period of time to perform research. The position is usually not salaried.

All Visiting Researchers should sign an appropriate visitors agreement (arranged through the host department). Please see our Visiting Researchers Agreements page for more information.

Please remember that you should liaise with your Departmental Administrator when costing and preparing a grant application and that all applications for external research funding must first be approved by the relevant Head of Department and then (except for applications for less than £20k with no associated staff costs) endorsed on behalf of the University by Research Services, before they can be submitted to the sponsor.

Please submit grant applications to Research Services at least 5 working days before the sponsor’s deadline.

Finding funding opportunities for visiting researchers on

All members of the University have access to the funding opportunities email alerting service and comprehensive searchable database at

Create your own searches

Please read our RP quick start guide (109kb) and RP funding search guide (403kb)

You can also find out how to export funding opportunity deadlines automatically into your Outlook Calendar or share online calendars you have created with other colleagues. For further information please see our RP calendar guide (310kb)

Browse workgroup pages

Workgroup pages contain saved searches and saved folders of selected funding opportunities. Workgroups exist for each division and for some departments, research groups or theme.

A selection of funding opportunities relevant to hosting visits has already been set-up on each of the divisional workgroup homepages (and some sub-workgroup homepages).

It is worth noting that UK researchers wishing to undertake a short fellowship/research placement could also undertake this as part of a small research grant, fellowship, or research leave scheme (externally or internally funded by their institution), so it is worth exploring these options as well. Please always check the sponsors' eligibility guidelines for guidance.

Please note: not all opportunities for Visiting Researchers can be found on, as their database is set-up to automatically filter out any opportunities that cannot be held by UK universities.

ResearchProfessional workgroup searches / e-mail alerts

You will be able to save these general funding searches for hosting visits into your own ResearchProfessional account, and by selecting 'Save' and then 'Shortcut and alert' you can choose to receive weekly e-mail alerts for these searches. (Please note you will need to log-in first.) Some of these workgroups have also set-up searches for 'Hosting Conferences', which might also be useful to you.

Browse our selection of popular funding opportunities for Visiting Researchers

For other opportunities to bring non-UK researchers to Oxford you can find a non-exhaustive list of funding opportunities here.

Disclaimer and Research Services aim to give the correct information about these opportunities, however, please always check the sponsor's website as details can change, for example the deadline dates.