Visiting Fellowships

The Centre has developed an international network of personal and institutional contacts to enable liaison, dialogue and exchange between the Islamic and Western worlds of learning. Protocols of academic cooperation exist between the Centre and many institutions worldwide, facilitating the exchange of scholars and researchers. The Centre's programme of Visiting Fellowships and Scholarships plays a key role in these international activities. Since its inception in 1987 the programme has brought to Oxford scholars and students from more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe. 

Its programme of Visiting Fellowships and Scholarships enables the Centre to bring to Oxford scholars from around the world with academic interests in the Islamic world.  Currently, research at the Centre is concentrated within the following four broad areas, although we welcome fellowship applications from scholars conducting research in a diverse range of topics:

  • Muslim Societies Past and Present          

  • Identity and Citizenship: Muslims in Britain and the West
  • Classical Islamic Sciences
  • Economic and Human Development and Islamic Finance


Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Research Fellowships

Visiting Fellowship/Visiting Research Fellowship 2018-19 poster: Click to download

Visiting Fellowship/Visiting Research Fellowship 2018-19 application: Click to download

Please note that application deadlines for stipendiary fellowships do vary, and the application deadline for each scheme is noted below.  For non-stipendiary Visiting Fellowships, Visiting Research Fellowships, and Academic Visitorships we welcome applications throughout the year and on a rolling basis.  Please use the same application form above to apply for a non-stipendiary fellowship (usually for periods lasting a minimum of three months and up to 12 months) or an academic visitorship (usually for periods of less than six months).    

The Abdul Aziz Al-Mutawa Visiting Fellowship, and
The Muhammad Bin-Ladin Visiting Fellowship

These two stipendiary Visiting Fellowships are awarded annually to enable scholars or writers to spend an extended period of independent study and research at Oxford. More information about Visiting Fellowships is available here.  

Applications for 2018/19 Stipendiary Visiting Fellowship are now CLOSED.  

The Imam Bukhari and Imam Tirmizi Visiting Research Fellowships

These two stipendiary Visiting Research Fellowship are offered each year to scholars from Asia and Africa. More information about Visiting Research Fellowships is available here. Applications for 2018/19 are now CLOSED.  


The Centre welcomes applications for a limited number of non-stipendiary Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Research Fellowships. Applications for entry in the academic year 2018-19 are now CLOSED. Details on how to apply for entry in 2019-20 will be advertised shortly.


Chevening Visiting Fellowships

The Centre also hosts a Chevening Visiting Fellowships Programme which is run in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For 2018 entry, up to four fully funded OCIS-Chevening Visiting Fellowships are available to candidates from the following countries:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

One of the four OCIS-Chevening Fellowships is reserved for applicants from Turkey, the Abdullah Gül Chevening Fellowship. Applications should be submitted online via the Chevening website.  Applications are now CLOSED (the application closing date was 7 November 2017). 

For more information, and to apply, see


SC–OCIS Visiting Fellowship in Islamic Finance

Applications for the SCOCIS Visiting Fellowship in Islamic Finance are now CLOSED

The Visiting Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, under a Scholar in Residence Programme in Islamic Finance is jointly supported by the Centre and the Securities Commission Malaysia. The Visiting Fellow will be expected to conduct research on a topic of contemporary relevance to the field of Islamic Finance. The tenure of the Visiting Fellowship is for one academic year.

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SC–OCIS Fellowship in Islamic Finance brochure: Click to download


Other Fellowships

Distinguished Fellowships are awarded periodically by invitation. From time to time, the Centre advertises other permanent Research Fellowships. They are awarded in support of those who wish to pursue independent full-time study and research.  Vacancies for permanent positions are advertised here.


Send to:

The Academic Officer
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Marston Road Oxford
OX3 0EE, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 618542, 618500; Fax: +44 (0) 1865 248942