Visiting Fellowships

Research at the Centre is currently focused within the following broad areas:

  • Classical Islamic sciences
  • Muslim societies past and present          
  • Identity and citizenship (with special reference to Muslims in the West)
  • Islamic finance and economic and human development

Applications are decided on the merits of the particular research the applicant is proposing to do or to complete, and scholars working in other areas are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: applications are processed in two rounds, with different closing deadlines, as detailed in the Application Guidelines.

Visiting Fellowships and Visiting Research Fellowships:

Round 1 applications are now CLOSED for the academic year 201920:

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

These two stipendiary Visiting Fellowships are awarded annually to support an extended period of independent study and research at Oxford.

The Imam Bukhari and The Imam Tirmizi Visiting Research Fellowship

These two stipendiary Visiting Research Fellowships are open to citizens of countries in Asia or Africa and are intended to encourage interaction among academics from different traditions of learning. 

Non-stipendiary Academic Visitor Awards

The Centre also welcomes applications for a limited number of non-stipendiary Academic Visitor positions.

Round 2 applications are now CLOSED for the academic year 201920

Click here for General Information

Click here for Application Guidelines

The closing date for Round 2 applications was 31 May 2019

Chevening Visiting Fellowships

The Chevening Visiting Fellowships Programme is run in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Chevening Fellows normally spend two terms of self-directed research at the Centre.

For 2020 entry, up to four fully funded OCIS-Chevening Visiting Fellowships are available. These Fellowships are restricted to applicants from:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

The Abdullah Gül Chevening Fellowship is restricted to applicants from Turkey.

Applications should be submitted online via the Chevening website and are now OPEN, with a closing date of midday on 5 November .

For more information and to apply:


SC–OCIS Visiting Fellowship in Islamic Finance

Applications for the SC–OCIS Visiting Fellowship in Islamic Finance are now CLOSED.

The closing date for all applications was 4 February 2019.

The SC–OCIS Fellowship in Islamic Finance brochure.


Other Fellowships

Other Fellowships are advertised periodically. These are awarded either to complement the Centre’s own current research programmes or to support research in other areas. Vacancies for such positions are advertised here.


Address enquiries 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