Program with University of Oxford

Oxford Visiting Programme

As a result of the agreements signed by the IEP with St. Antony's College and Lincoln College, University of Oxford, we now have in effect an exchange program that enables the IEP to annually send two Master’s and Doctoral Degree students as well as two IEP fellows to the University of Oxford. The former are in attendance for a period of one term while the latter attend for periods of either one to two terms. The agreement with St. Antony's College furthermore provides an association agreement with the Europaeum Master’s Degree run in Oxford under the tutorship of the program’s director, Dr. Paul Flather. The students selected are accepted with the statute of visiting student, which guarantees them equivalent status to other Oxford undergraduate student and are also awarded a study grant that is entirely financed by the IEP and covers both University and college fees in addition to a sum expected to meet around a half of all board and lodging costs.


Applications
 
  • Applications should be submitted on paper to the IEP Director and sent in attachment to imoreira@iep.lisboa.ucp.pt by 1st March in the academic year prior to that of the planned Oxford study period;
     
  • Applications, in English, should include not only a brief CV and a Statement of Purpose but also a text of at least 10,000 characters on a theme relevant to the applicant’s research interests and, in the case of students, two letters of recommendation. These letters of recommendation should preferably be written by the student’s supervisor, where already appointed, or IEP professors or guest lecturers, who have already taught and evaluated the respective candidate in at least one subject or seminar;
     
  • Candidates should furthermore express their preference as to the respective College and the period of study visit (please see below);
     
  • The IEP Board will make a candidate pre-selection whilst the final decision on admission is entirely the responsibility of the Colleges in question and thereby potentially resulting in no accepted candidate.

Terms of Visiting Fellows
 

IEP Visiting Fellows may be hosted by either of the two aforementioned Colleges for two consecutive periods of study or under exceptional circumstances cases, only for one.

They form an integral part of the respective College’s academic community, with full access to all the prerogatives enjoyed by other Visiting Fellows, including full senior common room rights and full access to the libraries and activities of the University of Oxford. In the case of St. Antony’s College, the IEP Visiting Fellow is associated with the European Studies Centre, even though such association in no way hinders the respective field of Visiting Fellow research. The latter should, however, participate in the regular activities of the Centre, even when his field of research broadly falls beyond Europe related themes.

IEP Visiting Fellows are necessary doctorate holders and preferably for a period greater than three years and should also be full-time members of the IEP teaching staff. The Fellowship award covers all fixed College costs in addition to an allowance for accommodation, although other daily costs and expenditure are not met. It is the duty of IEP Visiting Fellows to participate in the academic and social life of the College and appropriately represent the IEP-UCP, and not take leave of absence from Oxford throughout the “Full Term” (please see point 5 below), except in duly justified circumstances beyond one’s own control. At the end of the study period, the IEP Visiting Fellow should submit a brief report on the study undertaken to both the IEP and the respective College. In exchange for this privileged opportunity, the IEP Visiting Fellow commits to remaining in the service of the IEP-UCP throughout the two academic years following the study visit.


Terms of Visiting Students
 

IEP Visiting Students may attend one of two Colleges for periods no greater than one academic term:

  • In the case of Lincoln College, preference is awarded to the first period (Michaelmas Term, October-December);
  • In the case of St. Antony’s College, this is necessarily the third term (Trinity Term, April-June).

In both colleges, students gain both the rights and duties equal to other students, including access to all University libraries and to all speeches and seminars, as well as supervision by a tutor. In the case of St. Antony’s College, the Tutor is nominated in partnership with EUROPAEUM, with students due to participate in the regular activities of this consortium.

IEP Visiting Students are necessarily IEP-UCP Master’s or Doctoral Degree students and preferably at the stage of preparing or writing their respective dissertation. The Visiting Scholarship covers all College and University fees in addition to a sum for accommodation while students continue paying their IEP-UCP fees. It is the duty of IEP Visiting Students to participate in College academic and social life and appropriately represent the IEP-UCP, and not take leave of absence from Oxford throughout the Term, except in duly justified circumstances beyond one’s own control.

At the end of the study period, the IEP Visiting Fellow should submit a brief report on the study undertaken to both the IEP and the respective College. In exchange for this privileged opportunity, the IEP Visiting Student commits to concluding their Master’s or Doctoral Degree programs at the IEP-UCP. Attributed the statute of “visiting student not reading for a degree” in Oxford, the IEP Visiting Student is nevertheless entitled to sign up to the Oxford Society (Oxford Alumni) on conclusion of the visit program.

The academic year in Oxford is divided up into three terms of ten weeks with the first Full Term totalling eight weeks actually running from the second to the last week. The first period, entitled Michaelmas Term, runs from October to December with the second, Hillary Term, from January to March, before the third, Trinity Term, from April to June, closes the academic year. The precise dates vary slightly from year to year and hence interested parties should consult the University’s website.