Visitors program

Visitors program

Visitors are a key part of the ANU College of Law’s vibrant intellectual life. The College has a long history of hosting legal scholars from around the world and across the country. We accommodate a wide range of visitors who lend their expertise and experience to support our research and teaching and collaborate with our academics. Our visitors may stay for as little as week, or as long as a year.

The College Visitors Committee invites applications from international and Australian academics working in law-related areas. We are committed to receiving visitors from a diversity of backgrounds, including Indigenous scholars. 


The College welcomes applications for visits from one week to six months. In some circumstances a visit of up to one year may be approved. Visitors for less than a week (such as seminar presenters) are not normally designated as official visitors. Visitors are welcome to apply for an extension of their visit one month before the termination of the initial appointment.

To be considered, an applicant should complete the  PDF icon Visitor pre-application form, (144.16 KB) attach the required documents and submit as one file as an email to the Visitors Committee via are strongly encouraged to contact and ensure the support of a potential host, prior to submitting an application.

The College Visitors Committee meets regularly to determine who will be accepted as part of the program. Applications should normally be made at least six months before the expected date of arrival. It may not be possible to consider later applications. Applicants will be notified as soon as the Committee has made a decision.

Visitor programs

The College has three visitor programs for visiting academics and one for visiting research students. All visitors actively participate in our College community and activities and have access to general facilities, library services and University events.

Distinguished Visiting Fellow program

Internationally recognised legal experts are invited to visit the College under this program. They are conferred with an honorary appointment and are encouraged to contribute directly to the College's teaching, research or international programs such as our Visiting Mentor Program.

Visiting Fellow program

Established legal academics or practitioners who possess academic expertise are invited to become Visiting Fellows. Fellows usually stay for one to six months. Visiting Fellows do not receive a salary although they may, in limited circumstances, receive financial support.

Visiting Scholar program

This program is for early career academics or for visitors from non-academic areas who want to devote a period of time to sustained research at the College. Many domestic and foreign academics have been Visiting Scholars during their first sabbatical or use the status to return to ANU for post-doctoral research.

Visiting Research Student program

Domestic and foreign graduate research students may apply to visit the College if they are conducting fieldwork in Australia or accessing local resources. Most Visiting Research Students stay with us for a month to six months. The position is self-funded.

Fees, charges & financial support

The ANU College of Law does not charge Visitors fees. Extraordinary expenses incurred by Visitors, such as substantial postage, telephone and copying charges and library fines, are the responsibility of the Visitor. Visitors do not receive a salary.

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team