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Visitors Program

A welcome destination for eminent scholars and professionals

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of Australia's borders, the Sydney Law School Visitors Program is currently closed to individuals who reside outside Australia. This decision will be reviewed when travel restrictions ease and updates will be posted on this page.

The many exceptional experts who visit Sydney Law School create valuable opportunities for the exchange of ideas and research, and facilitate ongoing national and international research links and collaborations.

Developing and enhancing international collaborative networks

Visitors contribute to Sydney Law School by:

Facilities/resources available

  • Visitors may be provided with a University of Sydney login enabling them to use computer facilities at Sydney Law School.
  • Access to the Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library can be arranged.
  • Shared office space may be provided if available.
  • Assistance is not provided in arranging living accommodation.

Who may apply?

We seek applications from domestic scholars and professionals of high standing at any stage in their career. Visitors may wish to spend a period conducting research at Sydney Law School while on sabbatical leave or you may wish to visit for a shorter period.

Due to COVID-19 border restrictions we are currently not accepting applications from international visitors.

How to apply

  1. Before submitting your application you will need to contact an academic sponsor or a research centre or institute at the Sydney Law School to secure support for your visit. Your sponsor must provide a letter or email confirming the following things:
  • their overall support for your visit including their availability to meet you upon arrrival at the Law School, introduce you to interested colleagues and involve you in the academic life of the School
  • how you will contribute to the School during your stay e.g. collaborative research, staff seminar, public seminar/lecture, mentoring of staff or students. This should be consistent with the information you provide in your application.
  • if required for visa purposes, they will provide supporting statements as required. 

You must include the sponsor's letter/email with your application. 

2. Complete the application form.

International visitors often require a visa. In some cases, the application is straightforward and can be completed online. In other cases, you may require a letter of invitation from the University. As a visitor, it is your responsibility to ensure you hold a valid visa for entry into Australia that will allow you to engage in all the activities you wish to undertake during your stay.

Further information:

Please lodge your Visitors Program application at least four months before your intended visit to allow sufficient time for visa processing. For any assistance please contact law.research@sydney.edu.au

NOTE: The visa process is not open to international visitors who wish to pursue personal research that does not contribute to the University of Sydney's research productivity.