Oxford Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Programme

This Visiting Programme has been established by the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education with a view to providing opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral and senior academics who are ordinarily resident in Japan to study or conduct research at the University of Oxford for nine or twelve months as a Visiting Scholar. The award is available in the field of practical ethics. A successful candidate will normally be supervised by Professor Julian Savulescu and academic staff at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a successful postdoctoral or senior academic candidate will conduct their own relevant research at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.    Successful candidates in either case will reside at St Cross College enabling him/her to benefit from the true Oxford college experience. The visiting programme aims to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers.


To be eligible for the award a candidate must:

(a)  be a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher or Lecturer/Professor at a university in Japan in the field of bioethics, practical ethics, medical ethics, or applied ethics.  If no suitable candidate from within these disciplines presents him/herself, applications from other Humanities and Social Sciences may also be considered, as long as the applicant’s research pertains to or has relevance to practical ethics.

(b)  be adequately proficient in English to satisfy UK Border Agency visa requirement (target IELTS 7).

(c)   provide a report on returning to Japan.

(d)  The award is available to individuals who are ‘ordinarily resident in Japan’ and planning to return home after their period of study or research in Oxford.

(e)  be an individual whose native language is Japanese.


For nine or twelve months beginning in October 2019; requests to begin an award in April will be considered depending on circumstances.

Amount of Award

Up to £26,000 per award as required to cover the following expenses:

University tuition (for graduate students); College fee ; Living costs; One round trip airfare to/from the UK; Travel insurance; Visa application cost and NHS surcharge.

Number of awards available

Up to two awards in total will be available for the 2019/2020 academic year which begins in October 2019.

Application materials (all in English)
  • One-page research proposal

  • CV

  • Three academic references (for graduate students one should be from your academic supervisor)

  • Academic essay or other writing sample

  • IELTS English language proficiency certificate - target IELTS 7 (overall band score).

*Please note the UK Home Office does not accept TOEFL as proof of English Language ability and an IELTS English language proficiency certificate will need to be provided in order to apply for a visa.

Next application deadline

All the application documents should be submitted between 1st and 15th March 2019 by email to: University of Oxford Japan Office at info@oxfordujapan.org under the heading “Oxford Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Programme.

Selection process

(a) screening of application materials by Oxford Uehiro Centre academic staff;

(b) interview(s) by Oxford Uehiro Centre academic staff (via Skype and/or telephone);

The final decision will be made by Professor Savulescu, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

The expectation is that successful graduate student candidates will have Recognised Student status at the University of Oxford.

For information see:  http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/new/recognisedstudents/ & http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/application_forms.html

Other sources of information that may be of interest:

Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics     


St Cross College                                                        


University of Oxford                                                


Faculty of Philosophy                                              


Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education      


University of Oxford Japan Office