Oxford PhD Exchange (ANU to Oxford University)

This financial support is not administered by the University.


The Australian National University (ANU) has been invited to nominate up to three Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates for the 2023-2024 round of the Oxford PhD Exchange (ANU to Oxford University).

The Oxford PhD Exchange is a graduate candidate exchange program between Oxford University and the ANU. The exchange aims to enable excellent PhD scholars to enrich their research in an international setting.

The 2023-2024 round of the Oxford PhD Exchange (ANU to Oxford University) is a tremendous opportunity for ANU Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates to engage in independent research at Oxford University, audit classes, attend workshops and, network with academics working in their field. This opportunity is open to all disciplines.

Applicants can apply for an exchange period of one academic year, or one or two academic terms.

Applicants for this exchange should be aware that first term at Oxford is from October-December 2023, second term is from January-March 2024 and third term is from April-June 2024.


Exchange nominees will be selected by ANU based on the following eligibility/selection criteria. Applicants must:

  • Be a Graduate level candidate pursuing a PhD postgraduate research degree at ANU.
  • Have completed at least one year of PhD study at ANU prior to participating in the exchange.
  • Have good academic standing.
  • Have successfully completed the Thesis Proposal Review (TPR) milestone.
  • Have made contact with and have support from an appropriate supervisor at Oxford University.
  • Have the support of their ANU Chair of Panel.

Please also note:

  • Applicants can apply from any area of the ANU.
  • This exchange is NOT open to any of the following applicants: Postdoctoral; Masters by Research or Coursework; Honours; Undergraduate.

How to apply

A complete application must include:

  1. Explanation of your PhD project and how it will benefit from this exchange at Oxford University [up to 500 words].
  2. Identification of which Oxford University academic term(s) you are applying for, or whether you are applying for a whole Oxford University academic year.
  3. Academic Transcripts from your most recent qualification.
  4. A letter of support from your ANU Chair of Panel detailing how this exchange will support your program.
  5. A letter of support from an appropriate supervisor at Oxford University (e.g. copy of email conversation).

Completed applications must be submitted to the Graduate Research Office (GRO) via email to gro@anu.edu.au

Further information


Applications open on 24 January 2023 and close on 5 March 2023.


The ANU can nominate (to Oxford University) up to three candidates for this year's exchange.

Oxford University will then have the final say on whether to accept the ANU nominee(s) based on Oxford University's Statutes, Rules, Orders, policies, procedures, general principles of selection and any special requirements applying to the particular course of study of the nominee(s).


  • There is no funding specifically attached to this exchange.
  • Exchange recipients are eligible to apply for the Vice-Chancellor's (VC) HDR Travel Grants.
  • Exchange recipients will continue to receive their stipend if they remain on program at ANU.
  • Exchange recipients must pay any laboratory and/or field trip fees unless explicitly waived by Oxford University.
  • Exchange recipients are responsible for paying for their accommodation.
  • Exchange recipients are responsible for personal health and hospitalisation insurance.
  • Exchange recipients intending to study at Oxford University full time for more than six months, and who require a visa, will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of a visa application to access the NHS services free of charge. Any medical expenses that exceed the coverage provided by such insurance will be borne by the exchange recipient.
  • Exchange recipients will be responsible for making their own international and domestic travel arrangements and meet associated costs, as well as for expenses involving meals, study materials, local transportation, personal expenses, passport, visa applications and all other general living expenses.