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Distinguished Visitors
Front Quad at the Queen's College

The Queen’s College offers a number of regular and occasional programmes that enable distinguished visitors to contribute to the College’s rich intellectual life. Each year we host the Harmsworth Professor of American History in conjunction with the Rothermere American Institute, and in alternating years we host the Centenary PPE Visiting Fellow. The Queen’s Translation Exchange regularly brings together an author and translator for a collaborative residency that includes workshops and readings open to the entire Oxford community.

The College now aims to appoint one academic and one non-academic Distinguished Visitor each year. Such visitors are leading figures from academia and throughout the public and private sectors. During their residency, it is expected that they will contribute actively to the intellectual life of the College at all levels: undergraduate, postgraduate, Fellowship, and Old Members. Visitors typically give a short lecture or presentation to the College community, and they write a brief piece about their time in the College for The College Record – the College’s annual report, which is sent to all Old Members. Such a period of residency marks an important part of a lifelong connection to the College.

In addition to accommodation, the College offers senior membership, a library card, generous dining privileges (free of charge) at High Table and the opportunity to engage fully with our community of Fellows and undergraduate and postgraduate students across the full range of academic disciplines.  The College embraces diversity and equal opportunity. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. For more information, please visit

The application portal can be found on our vacancies webpage. Applications for both academic and non-academic visitors may be submitted at any time of year; applications received before 31 December will be considered early in Hilary Term (i.e. in January 2022, for residencies during the 2022-23 academic year). Applications received after 31 December will be considered in the following year’s cycle. We anticipate that the College’s Governing Body will reach its decisions by week 5 of term (i.e. mid-February).