Visiting Academic (Research Academic) Application form

To be eligible for the Training and Research Visa Subclass 402 Research Stream (this visa replaced the Visiting Academic Visa Subclass 419 in November 2012), you need to meet two main requirements:

  1. You are a professional academic / researcher / scientist with a significant record of achievement in your field.
  2. You are collaborating on an Australian research project (you are collaborating with University of Sydney staff on a University of Sydney research project).
  3. The application process for a Training and Research Visa Subclass 402 Research Stream (402 Visa Research Stream) will only begin after an Honorary Title Nomination and Appointment Form has been signed by the Dean of Education and Social Work. Additional information is available under 'Working with Us' on the University of Sydney homepage. No UniKey is required to access this information.
  5. To apply to the Dean to be nominated as a Visiting Academic (Research Academic) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, you should complete the form below the table on this page, and email the documentation on the table below to Kimberly Hammond:
Supporting information

Curriculum vitae (not more than three pages), including:


  • home address
  • academic qualifications (include Australian equivalent if needed)
  • current employment details: position, duties, current supervisor’s name and contact details, institution and address of institution
  • previous employment history
  • a list of publications for the last five years
  • names and contact details of two referees who may be consulted

Copies of passport ID pages for the affiliate and accompanying dependants (if applicable)

Letter confirming employment from the affiliate's home country employer, including:

  • confirmation of continued employment with the home employer or confirmation of previous employment
  • confirmation of any continuing salary or wage payments (if applicable)
  • confirmation of the period of leave approved by the employer (if applicable)
  • confirmation that the applicant's period of collaborative research in Australia is fully supported by the home employer

Details of proposed visit

Proposed research at the faculty (not more than four pages), including:

  • clear statement of collaboration on an Australian research project with an academic member of staff from the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
  • a brief letter of support from the Faculty of Education and Social Work staff member sponsoring your application
  • commencement and completion dates for the visit at the University of Sydney
  • commencement and completion dates for visit to Australia
  • your reason/s for wishing to visit the Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • the name, title and contact details of a staff member in your home institution supporting your application
  • detailed description of research activities
  • research methodology (how you will gather data)
  • expected outcomes – the type of publication envisaged as a result of your collaborative research visit
  • there are restrictions regarding giving seminars under the 402 Visa Research Stream. However, it is anticipated that you will present a seminar on your collaborative Australian research project during your visit to the University of Sydney.

Completion of the Visiting Academic Program signed by lead researcher of the Australian research project (who must be a staff member at the University of Sydney).

Registration of interest

After you have organised for the above documentation, complete the form below.

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