Visiting Research Fellows & Visiting Scholars

Visiting Research Fellows

The VRF Scheme

The scheme is intended to attract eminent researchers to Oxford and Merton College. The scheme offers free accommodation and meals. There are normally two Visiting Research Fellows resident in any term. Fellowships can be held for one to three terms. Every application has to be sponsored by a Fellow of the College and applications are considered in a gathered field at the end of September each year.

The 2025-26 competition is now open, with a deadline of Friday 27 September 2024. Please see here for Further Particulars and how to apply.


Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity - Bevis Bowden (Creative Arts)

Michaelmas 2024 - Professor Christina Kraus

Michaelmas 2024 - Professor Tünde Fülöp

Michaelmas 2024 - Joumana Medlej (Creative Arts)

Previous Visiting Research Fellows

Previous Visiting Research Fellows have included:

Visiting Scholars 2023-24


All Visiting Scholars and Visiting Research Fellows have to be nominated by a Fellow of the College. Fellows can check availability on the intranet.