Visiting Academic / Research Academic Policy

A program for visiting academics (research academics) for periods of up to 12 months.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work receives many inquiries about the visiting academic (research academic) program. Regrettably, we are able to accept only a limited number of visiting academic researchers per year.

One of the honorary titles at the University of Sydney is 'Visiting Scholar'. University policy states that: "The title of Visiting scholar may be conferred on an academic visitor with whom it is desirable that a department or school has a formal association on a short-term basis, without that person necessarily making a major contribution to the teaching, research, scholarship or creative work programs". The faculty interprets this to mean that (as a general rule) a visiting academic will have a background and / or current research directions compatible with members of the faculty's teaching and research staff.

From a visa point of view, you need to meet two basic requirements to be eligible for the Training and Research Visa Subclass 402 Research Stream (previously the Visiting Academic Visa Subclass 419):

  1. You are a professional academic / researcher / scientist with a significant record of achievement in your field.
  2. You must be collaborating on an Australian research project (collaborating with University of Sydney staff on a University of Sydney research project).

Please note that there are a number of restrictions regarding teaching under the Training and Research Visa Subclass 402 Research Stream.

If your visit to the University of Sydney is for six weeks or less, a Visitor visa (business stream) is generally appropriate.

http://sydney.edu.au/about/working-with-us/international/short-stay-visa.shtml

Applicants are advised to initiate contact with a staff member who shares their research interests, to discuss collaborating on an Australian research project, their intended contribution to this project in terms of research activities, skills and background, and the preferred length of their visit (commencement and end dates for the visit to the University of Sydney, and to Australia). A list of academic staff and their research expertise and interests are available on the Faculty of Education and Social Work website. You must be collaborating with a University of Sydney staff member on a University of Sydney research project to be part of this program.

It will be to the advantage of applicants if they can show that as a result of their term as a visiting academic / research academic they will publish or jointly publish with a faculty member original research that acknowledges their affiliation with the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Hence the applicant must show that they are collaborating (participating or observing) with Faculty / University of Sydney staff on an Australian / University of Sydney research project.

Once this sponsorship is agreed, applicants must complete the Visiting Academic (Research Academic) Application Form.

This form gives further information about the University's requirements, and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's requirement, for the appointment of a visiting academic (research academic). The following is a set of general guidelines for the submission of applications for visiting academic / research academic status in the faculty, usually with the title of 'Visiting Scholar'.

Applicants for status as a visiting academic / visiting researcher must submit a curriculum vitae (preferably no more than four pages in length) that makes it obvious they meet the requirement of being a professional academic with a significant record of achievement in their field. Their CV should include a complete list of publications (or publications for the last five years), and a conference presentation list. The applicant should also include an overview of the collaborative research work to be undertaken during their visit to the University of Sydney.

Visiting academics / research academics are encouraged to take part in and contribute to learning and research in the faculty. At the discretion of the Dean, Pro Dean or Associate Dean (International), visiting academics / research academics will be required to undertake some or all of the following:

  • guest seminar/s
  • guest lecture/s
  • staff colloquia
  • collaborative research for publication or conference paper, for inclusion in the faculty research profile.

Please note that there are restrictions regarding teaching under the 402 Visa Research Stream. You may teach or guest lecture on an informal basis (provided it is not the main purpose of stay, not part of a course syllabus and remains incidental to your research). You are not allowed to lecture or teach on a regular basis or as part of a course syllabus.

During the term of the visit, a visiting academic / research academic may be entitled to the following:

  • a desk (in a shared office)
  • a computer
  • access to a local telephone line
  • access to email
  • restricted access to photocopying facilities [ at the discretion of the Associate Dean (International)]
  • library access
  • attendance at relevant seminars and lectures (with permission of the instructor).

Applications to be appointed as a visiting academic / research academic may be lodged at anytime of year. The period of notice prior to the intended visit required by the faculty will normally be six months. The term for visiting academic / research academic will be up to but not exceeding 12 months except in exceptional situations.

After providing your application to the faculty through Kim Hammond, your application is submitted to the Pro Dean for initial approval, then to the Dean for final approval by the faculty.

The faculty provides no financial assistance to visiting academics / research academics. Visiting academics / research academics need to have made provision for their travel, accommodation, sustenance and incidental costs while in Sydney. The 402 Visa Research Stream prohibits you from working. Information on the cost of living in Sydney cost of living in Sydney can be found on the University website. Applicants are strongly advised to make their own independent enquiries about living costs.