Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Programme

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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 graduate student 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.



Two awards are available for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins October 2017.

Application deadline:  Friday 12th May 2017


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 2017; 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; Visa application cost and NHS surcharge. 

Number of awards available
Up to two awards in total will be available for each academic year.

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.

All the application documents should be submitted by email to:

University of Oxford Japan Office at info@oxfordujapan.org  under the heading "Oxford Uehiro-St Cross Visiting  Programme".

Academic references should however be enclosed in a sealed envelope referencing "Visiting Programme Reference for NAME OF APPLICANT"  and sent directly from the referees to:

University of Oxford Japan Office, Sanbancho UF Building 1F, 6-3 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075

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 and Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics

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

For information see:  http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/new/recognisedstudents/   

Other sources of information that may be of interest:

Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethicshttp://www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/
St Cross Collegehttp://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/
University of Oxfordhttp://www.ox.ac.uk/
Faculty of Philosophyhttp://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/
Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Educationhttp://www.rinri.or.jp/
University of Oxford Japan Officehttp://oxfordujapan.org/


Research Projects


Established in January 2009, The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (hosted by the Uehiro Centre) aims to address concerns about the effects neuroscience and neurotechnologies will have on various aspects of human life. Its research focuses on five key areas: cognitive enhancement; borderline consciousness and severe neurological impairment; free will, responsibility and addiction; the neuroscience of morality and decision making; applied neuroethics. See project website. ahrc60x60

Science and Religious Conflict: The past decade has seen an explosion in empirical work on moral reasoning. We are coming to understand how people's moral judgments are shaped by interactions with others in their society. There are good reasons for thinking that people's moral judgements are mostly intuitive (recent empirical work by Jonathan Haidt and his collaborators supports this view) and that people's intuitions are powerfully shaped by the institutions around them, including religious institutions. Free resources on project webpages.   

ISEThe Institute for Science and Ethics was established in June 2005 with funding from the Oxford Martin School. It is a research project based within the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Philosophy and is directed by Professor Julian Savulescu. The project has a multidisciplinary team, which includes expertise in medicine, philosophy, practical ethics, sociology and psychology. See project website.

Volkswagen StiftungThe interdisciplinary research project Intuition and Emotion in Moral Decision Making: Empirical Research and Normative Implications is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.  The project aims to elucidate the role of emotion and intuition in moral decision-making from an empirical, historical, and philosophical perspective. See project website.


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