Visitors Program @ Sydney Law School

Sydney Law School welcomes the opportunity to host distinguished domestic and international scholars who wish to spend a period of time visiting the Law School. Visitors provide a valuable opportunity for the exchange of ideas and research as well as the creation of ongoing national and international research linkages and collaborations.

Visitors can contribute to Sydney Law School in the following ways:

Who may apply?

Applications are considered from domestic and international scholars of high standing at any stage in their career. Visitors may wish to spend a period of time conducting research in the Faculty while on sabbatical leave from their normal employment or they may wish to visit for a shorter period.

Before applying

  1. All potential visitors should make contact with an academic sponsor or a research centre or institute in the Law School who will be willing to support their application.
  2. International visitors should review Information on Visas, particularly those staying more than 3 months.

A committee considers the following when determining applications:

  • the standing of the applicant relative to opportunity
  • the quality of the applicant’s work and the extent to which their work will enhance the academic life of Sydney Law School, and
  • whether we have a Faculty or University level agreement of academic cooperation with the applicant’s home Institution – refer International agreements.

How to apply as an externally funded or self-funded visitor

  1. Obtain support from an academic sponsor.
  2. Send an email to and include the following:
  • outline of your research project and/or reason for your visit
  • the name of your faculty academic sponsor
  • the dates of your proposed visit
  • what resources/facilities you hope to access
  • the contribution you intend to make to Sydney Law School, and
  • attach a CV/resume (no more than 4 pages).

Information on Visas

International visitors often require a visa. In some cases the application is very straight forward and can be completed online. In other cases you may require a letter of invitation from the University.

Further information: Working in Australia and The Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

  • If an international visitor requires a visa and is staying more than 3 months, assistance from Sydney Law School can be provided. Applications should be lodged at least 5 months before the intended visit. The visitor will need to be working on an Australian research project – refer Finding the right Australian visa.

Facilities/resources available

  • Visitors may be provided with a University of Sydney login enabling them to use computer facilities at Sydney Law School.
  • In addition, access to the Sydney Law School Library can be arranged.
  • Office space may be provided if available and in most cases office space will be shared.
  • Assistance is not provided in arranging living accommodation.

Decision on applications

  • The committee meets on the last Tuesday of each month and determine applications based on:
    - the standing of the applicants relative to opportunity,
    - the quality of the applicant's work and the extent to which their work will enhance the academic life of Sydney Law School
    - whether we have a Faculty or University level agreement of academic cooperation with the applicant's home institution - refer International agreements.
  • You will be advised within one week following the committee meeting.

Further information


David Corey
Visitors Coordinator
+61 2 9351 0254