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Humanities-Science Paired Research Sabbaticals

These sabbaticals 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 Joint Doctoral Studentships, 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 paired research sabbatical. Funding is available for two pairs of sabbaticals, lasting for one term, to be taken before the end of 2016-17.

Successful applicants will be bought out of their administrative and teaching responsibilities for up to one term, in order to establish a research collaboration that reaches between science and the humanities, and to develop partnerships within and beyond Oxford. During this period the researchers would be encouraged to offer a joint course to a selected group of postgraduates (not for credit). 

Successful applicants would have free use of TORCH facilities, a prominent place on the TORCH website, and some funds to develop new research networks and international collaboration.


Applications should be Oxford postholders at any stage of career who have a contract to 2017-18 or beyond.

Applications should include the following:

- Names of applicants (one from the sciences, one from humanities), including college and faculty/department affiliation
- CVs (4 pages maximum) of both applicants
- The nature and significance of the proposed research, including expected outputs (1,000 words maximum)
- Outline timetable of research
- Any other research activity to take place (workshops, conference etc)
- An outline of the course that would be available for postgraduates

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.

Please note applicants would need to seek approval from their college and/or faculty/department for taking research leave.

Deadline for applications: Monday 23 February 2015. Please send applications to

Please direct any questions to:

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

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