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About Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships at the RSC are open to PhD (DPhil) students, post-doctoral scholars and professional academics researching aspects of forced migration. The main purpose of the Visiting Fellowships programme is to enhance the academic work (research and teaching) of the RSC by mutual exchange and learning.

An RSC Visiting Fellow has no official affiliation to the University of Oxford and the association is designed for a period of independent, self-directed research work. It is not a training course, nor is it applicable for people wishing to apply for a student visa to study on a course.

Admission to the Visiting Fellowships programme is competitive and places available each term are limited. Each Fellow is assigned an academic contact and is expected to undertake a specific programme of self-directed study or research. Fellows are able to attend the RSC’s weekly public seminar series in forced migration and the core seminar series of the MSc in Forced Migration. The opportunity is provided for Fellows to present their work, if they so wish, in the RSC Work in Progress Seminar Series.

Visiting Fellows have access to the University’s academic facilities, including libraries, seminars, language laboratories and computer training courses. The RSC’s Library holds the world’s largest collection of unpublished literature in refugee and forced migration studies. Separate rooms are not usually available but there is dedicated space with computers for Visiting Fellows. Fellows may also enjoy the Departmental social facilities at Mansfield Road.

There are two categories of Visiting Fellow:

Research Fellows

Research Fellows include all applicants apart from PhD students, who fall under the category of Student Visitors (see below). Research fellowships are normally held for one term of the Oxford academic year, with the possibility of extension for up to two more terms.

Student visitors (PhD/DPhil students)

For doctoral students, the maximum period of affiliation is usually one term.


Mariagiulia Giuffre“As a Visiting Research Fellow at the RSC I have mainly worked on my forthcoming monograph on ‘Asylum, Readmission, and Migration Controls’ (Hart Publishing, Oxford). During my stay, I exchanged ideas with researchers working in the area of migration and refugee law and policy. I attended seminars and conferences and conducted extensive research at the law library. I also had the opportunity to present the findings of my research on deportation with assurances of undesirable and unreturnable foreigners at the Work-in-Progress Seminar Series, where I received valuable comments from researchers in different disciplines. In June, I participated as a speaker in the Refugee Week Panel Discussion on ‘How Should Europe Respond to the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis’. I also taught at the Summer School in Forced Migration, and co-authored an article with Cathryn Costello on the responsibility of European States following the tragic death of almost 900 migrants at sea in April 2015.”

Dr Mariagiulia Giuffre, Visiting Research Fellow, Trinity term 2015


“I have spent the Hilary term of 2015 as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at the beautiful Queen Elizabeth House. The main purpose of my staying was to work on the manuscript of my forthcoming book on the Mursi, an agro-pastoralist group of South-Ethiopia. As an anthropologist I wanted to benefit both from the RSC’s academic environment and from other departments’ (anthropology, African studies etc.) public seminars and lectures. And, of course, besides these, using the library services was an obvious reason of my staying in Oxford.

The RSC gave plenty of opportunity to do all of these. Among others, I had access to the Social Science Library that accommodates a large collection of otherwise unavailable materials on refugees all over in the World. Moreover I could attend on various seminars and lectures and make further contacts with people who work on similar issues. And last but not least it was great to give my paper and discuss my research topic in the RSC Work in Progress Seminar series where I have received valuable feedbacks on my ongoing anthropological work on South-Ethiopia.”

Dr Tamás Régi, Visiting Research Fellow, Hilary term 2015


Visiting Study Fellow, Trinity term 2014

“The purpose of my visit to the RSC was to develop my doctoral research on EU refugee law, which I am undertaking at the University of Louvain in Belgium.  My doctorate explores the origins, effects and defects of the ‘mutual trust’ between EU Member States that underpins the Common European Asylum System. I wished to exchange ideas with researchers whose perspectives would complement the ones of civil lawyers I usually exchange ideas with, to learn from academics in other fields of social science. During my stay at the RSC, I attended seminars on refugee issues as well as other EU law issues, met with my academic contact, Professor Cathryn Costello, and other researchers she referred me to, and conducted extensive research at the library. The RSC Public Seminar Series, where academics from various countries and disciplines took the floor on forced migration related issues, opened new perspectives. I also had the opportunity to present the findings of my research as part of the Work-in-Progress Seminar Series, which provided me with useful feedback from other researchers working in similar areas.”

Luc Lebeouf, Visiting Study Fellow (Student Visitor), Trinity term 2014



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