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OPEN Policy Fellowships


Expressions of interest are sought for a new Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme to support the development of mutually beneficial people exchange projects with a range of non-academic partners. This funding enables researchers to spend funded time embedded or visiting partners (outward) or practitioners from those organisations to come and spend a period of time at Oxford embedded with a team/department (inward) or a combination of both. The panel are looking for creative, practical and innovative proposals that engage non-academic partners in two-way sharing of learning, ideas and experiences to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes e.g. impact, future collaborations, access to data/networks, career development. See our website for examples of previous outward and inward KE Fellowship projects.

OPEN Policy Fellowships

As governments come under increasing pressure for political accountability, there is an increased demand for evidence-based policy derived from the insights of academic research. The Oxford Policy Exchange Network is a new University-wide initiative designed to support policy engagement. Successful applicants will form our first cohort of Policy Fellows under this banner. The aims of this Fellowship scheme are: to build partnerships with a view to shaping the policy agenda in global, national, and regional contexts; to support evidence-based policymaking; to develop and sustain strategic relationships with policymakers; and to improve and diversify the breadth of policy engagement at Oxford through policy partnerships. If you have an idea and want to discuss its fit with this scheme contact Social Sciences Division Senior Research Impact Facilitator Aileen Marshall-Brown.

Open to: Oxford researchers from any discipline across the University

Possible partners: local authorities and regional policymakers, national level policymakers – UK or overseas, international and intergovernmental bodies, think tanks and lobby groups, regulators, third sector policy-related organisations and public sector bodies.

Max award: £25K (£100K in pot, approx. 4-6 awards)

For details of how to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) can be found on our website. The deadline for EOIs is 20 July 2018, 5pm.

The deadline for full proposals will be in September 2017 (exact timing TBC) and projects can run from October 2018 to July 2019. If you have any queries, please contact for further advice and assistance. This scheme is funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and are administered by the Social Sciences Division Research & Impact Team.