Visitors Program

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The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has a lively Visiting Scholars Programme and we welcome academics and professionals to join us and spend time in the Department to work on research and writing projects that accord with our areas of expertise. The Department provides an intellectually stimulating environment for scholars, with opportunities to take part in the regular colloquium seminar, to present work in progress, and receive feedback from colleagues in their field. In addition, the University of Sydney has a full program of talks, study group sessions and conferences in which visitors are encouraged to participate.

Potential visitors should have existing or potential links with Department staff in the field of Social Policy, Socio-legal studies, Criminology, Human Rights or Sociology.

Academics and practitioners are most welcome to apply. International applicants are strongly encouraged. Proficiency in both written and spoken English is expected of all visitors. Visiting scholars are welcome to stay for up to a semester (See dates).

Visitors are asked to participate in the programs of the department and the university, to meet regularly with other colleagues, to interact with students, and to make public presentations of their research as part of departmental activities.


Visiting Scholars will have library borrowing privileges, as well as full access to research libraries, university facilities and departmental events. It may also be possible to provide shared office space and access to a computer, although this will depend on which departmental staff are on leave, and it should not be relied upon.

Visitors will need to have their own source of funding, such as sabbatical salary or grants, since the department does not provide funding for Visiting Scholars. Visa documents, if required, are the responsibility of the applicant. The University will offer support where it is available, though it is recommended that the applicant explore visa options before submitting their application.

We can help provide general housing advice although visiting fellows will need to arrange their own accommodation in Sydney. Visitors can apply for temporary accommodation during the university vacations in International House.


Prospective Visiting Scholars can apply at any time and at least three months prior to the start date for their proposed visit. University semester dates can be located here

A completed application must be submitted with the following supporting documents:

  • Research Proposal (no more than 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vita, with email address and full contact information
  • The name(s) and contact details of departmental staff with whom you will be working (please contact these staff before submitting your application)

All questions concerning the fellowship scheme, and the completed application, should be addressed to Chair of Department, .