Visiting Fellows (VFs) & Visiting College Research Associates (VCRAs)
The non-stipendiary status of Visiting Fellows or VCRAs is granted for periods of up to one year, renewable on application to a maximum of two years. Your visit should be for no less than a term or eight weeks and should not be held concurrently with an active affiliation at another college.
Visiting Fellows are either distinguished visitors who come to Wolfson to pursue a scholarly project or younger outstanding academics who are affiliated with a Cambridge department/faculty or one of its Partnered Institutions for the period of their visit. Frequently they are proposed by Fellows of the College.
VCRAs are academics who do not fulfill the above requirements for Visiting Fellow status. VCRAs must be of reasonable academic or professional standing and in Cambridge for a serious scholarly purpose. They also need to have an academic affiliation with a Cambridge department/faculty or one of its Partnered Institutions for the period of their visit.
Academic Visitors are welcome to use all the facilities of the College and participate in College life. You may attend dinner in Hall and other meals, introduce up to three guests and attend any College activity open to all members. You are entitled to attend College parties and Guest Nights and you may also use the library, social spaces and gym.
Please note that the UK immigration authorities will not allow Academic Visitors from non-EU countries to remain in the UK for longer than one year. For the latest information on entry to the UK please visit the UK Border Agency website and apply using a VAF1E application form.
Both Visiting Fellows and Visiting College Research Associates will be charged a membership fee of £100 per month, unless otherwise agreed with the College.
Wolfson has some accommodation specifically set aside for Academic Visitors, with rents ranging in 2021/22 from £283.50 for en-suite study-bedrooms to £416.50 per week for one-bedroom flats for visitors and their partners. These prices are subject to VAT (value-added tax) at 20% for the first 28 days of any visit.
Visitors requiring more spacious or family accommodation are advised to contact the University Accommodation Service.
Status in the University
Membership of a College does not imply membership of the University or give the right to use the facilities of the academic departments of the University. Academic Visitors wishing to have an affiliation with a particular department must apply to the Head of Department concerned requesting affiliation at the same time (or prior to acceptance) as a VF/VCRA. Contact information for Departments is available via the University of Cambridge website.
The College can apply for reading and/or borrowing rights at the University Library for its Academic Visitors, but all members of the University are eligible to apply online themselves.
Newcomers & Visiting Scholars Group
The Newcomers and Visiting Scholars Group provide a termly programme of social activities for all Academic Visitors and their families. Trips to Stratford-upon-Avon, the Houses of Parliament as well as local visits to the Cambridge Colleges and other places of interest are organised each term. The group arranges coffee mornings in term-time for the families of Academic Visitors and those new to the University; these are held every Tuesday morning from 10.45 to 12noon in the University Centre; everyone is welcome.
New applications should be made six months (three months for returning visitors) in advance of your visit. We accept Academic Visitors in the summer but note that our kitchen is closed for about one week during August.
Please apply with:
- a covering letter
- the Visiting Membership application form,
- a concise two-page CV
- a copy of your letter from the Department which confirms departmental affiliation is being sought or awaiting confirmation
- a reference.
Hard copy applications should be addressed to the Registrar, Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB or apply via email.
The Fellowship & Membership Committee, which meets once or twice a term, will consider all applications.
Future meeting dates:
M2021 - 7 Nov 2021
L202 - 10 Jan and 14 March 2022
E2022 - 6 June 2022