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Humanities-Science Joint Doctoral Studentships

These studentships are part of a two-year programme, Humanities and Science, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to create new interest in, and opportunities for, research that reaches between the humanities and sciences.

The scheme also includes Humanities-Science Paired Research Sabbaticals and Knowledge Exchange partnerships between humanities scholars and public/private science organisations.

Postholders in the humanities and sciences are invited to submit joint applications for a research project that will involve a pair of fully funded (fees and maintenance) postgraduate students – one in the sciences, and one in the humanities. Funding is available for two pairs of three-year doctoral studentships, to start in 2015-16.

The purpose of the paired humanities-science studentships, each on a particular theme, is to enable science and humanities postholders in Oxford to develop joint research projects without having to take substantial time away from their current research, and to provide opportunities for outstanding doctoral students to conduct their research under the joint supervision of a scientist and a humanities scholar. The paired studentships will also allow humanities faculty and doctoral students to experiment with the science research-team model. 


One postholder from the humanities and one from the sciences should submit an application jointly. (Please note applications should be from Oxford postholders who have a contract that covers the full length of the studentships, and should only be for one pair of doctoral students).

Applications should include the following:

- Names of co-supervisor applicants, including college and faculty/department affiliation
- CVs (4 pages maximum) of co-supervisors
- The nature and significance of the proposed research, including expected outcomes, and the work that would be undertaken by the postgraduate students (1,500 words max)
- Outline timetable of research
- Any other research activity to take place (workshops, conference etc)
- A draft advertisement summarising the project that will be used to attract appropriate, high-quality applicants for the postgraduate positions (250 words)

Applications will be reviewed and selected by TORCH’s Management Committee. In addition to assessing the quality and feasibility of each proposal, the Committee will give priority to cross-disciplinary projects that seek to establish new research agendas.

The deadline for applications is Friday 5th December. Please send applications to Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 12 December. Studentships will be advertised (open to applicants from beyond Oxford) shortly afterwards.

The doctoral students will apply in the first instance for a place on a University of Oxford DPhil programme and secondly for a studentship. The successful students would be housed at TORCH, and the project will have a prominent place on the TORCH website.  The postholders and students would also be awarded some funds to organise a workshop (including scholars from overseas) in their research area, and to develop partnerships with appropriate public or private organisations. Applications from both Home/EU and International students would be welcome.

Deadline for postholder joint applications Friday 5 December 2014
Deadline for course applications Friday 23 January 2015
Deadline for studentship applications Friday 27 February 2015

Please direct any questions to:

Professor Stephen Tuck, TORCH Director | +44 (0)1865 615363

Victoria McGuinness, TORCH Business Manager | +44 (0)1865 615362