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New Network Scheme

New Network Scheme

The next deadline is midday Friday 10 November 2017. 

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) seeks to stimulate and support research activity that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries. To this end, the Centre invites applications from colleagues seeking to establish, or consolidate, multi- or interdisciplinary research networks to be based at the Radcliffe Humanities Building.

Each academic term The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities will sponsor the creation and/or development of up to three multi- or interdisciplinary research networks by providing a venue, funding, a web presence and publicity. Funding will ordinarily be up to £2,500. Funding is for one year (renewable for a further year on application after first year). Applicants may also apply for funds from the John Fell Fund.

TORCH does not seek to set agendas in terms of the choice of research theme or prospective range of activities, nor does it set an initial threshold for the size of a new network. Indeed, we welcome innovative applications that will enable small groups of scholars to create new networks and introduce research agendas that will develop during the course of the year(s) that they are based at the Centre. Priority will be given to cross-disciplinary projects that aim to leave a lasting research legacy in the form of generating self-sustaining networks, publications, knowledge-exchange programmes, and/or grant applications.

Eligibility and Process

TORCH encourages imaginative cross-disciplinary applications, and will not sponsor research groups whose activities could be supported by a single college or faculty. Applications from cross-divisional research groups and from groups engaged with non-academic partners are also welcomed. Lead applicants must include postgraduates and postholders or early-career scholars from at least two faculties and colleges.

Applications outlining the nature and significance of the proposed research theme (no more than 500 words), an outline plan of activity and budget, and the names of core members should be sent to torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk.

Applications will be assessed by TORCH's management committee, and the committee will aim to respond to all applications within 4-5 weeks. Colleagues are welcome to contact Professor Elleke Boehmer, the Centre’s acting director, (elleke.boehmer@ell.ox.ac.uk) or Victoria McGuinness, the Business Manager, (victoria.mcguinness@humanities.ox.ac.uk) to discuss applications.