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TORCH Global South Visiting Professorships and Fellowships, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

We are looking for applications from Oxford postholders from Humanities Faculties and other Divisions to host a TORCH-Mellon Global South Visiting Professor or Visiting Fellow in Hilary or Trinity Terms, 2019.

Academics from all the Humanities Faculties at Oxford are encouraged to propose world-leading individuals who both study and represent diversity, and who also have practical experience in promoting diversity in his/her university and country.

These Professorships and Fellowships will be crucial in the work of providing role models and embedding expectations on diversity and inclusivity in the wider University. The two schemes build on and reinforce existing links between Oxford, Mellon, and Universities in the Global South.

About the scheme

The Mellon ‘Global South’ Visiting Professorships and Fellowships offer a generous bursary to cover the travel and living expenses of the visitor while they are in Oxford, and funding for a series of public events, seminars and drop-in discussions, including hosting, filming and live web-streaming.

Visiting Professors and Fellows will be a member of Oxford University for one year, and will be expected to spend one term in residence.  A bursary to cover travel and living/accommodation expenses while in Oxford, available for the one year period, is included in the scheme.

How is ‘Global South’ defined?

We use the term ‘Global South’ in its broadest sense, to encompass economically disadvantaged nation-states (as a post–Cold War alternative to ‘Third World’ – the list of G77 countries is a useful reference); and to account for subjugated peoples within the borders of wealthier countries. Please do contact us for advice on specific cases.

How to apply

This call is for Oxford postholders to propose and host international researchers.

Funding up to £5,000 available for events and activities while the Fellow is in Oxford. Please outline in the budget section of the Case for Support how you would propose to use this. 

Application is via the internal IRAMS system (single sign on required). Please click here to apply.  

If you have any questions about the online application, please contact


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