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Women in the Humanities Graduate Conference Award

Women in the Humanities (TORCH) Award for a Graduate-Led Conference on the Study of Women

Application Guidance

Women in the Humanities is an interdisciplinary programme which aims to explore how gender and sex play out in history, art, philosophy, music, language and literature, as well as the ethics and politics of gender identity and equality in the Humanities. It seeks to promote the opportunities Oxford offers to women working in the Humanities at all career stages, as well as promoting the study of women’s lives within the Humanities at the University.

Graduate-led Conference Award

One award of £2,000 is available. Applications should be from a team of at least two current graduate students who are registered at the University of Oxford for either full- or part-time graduate study within the Humanities Division. Proposals that are interdisciplinary will be particularly welcome. Conferences must be primarily concerned with a theme relating to women in the humanities.

Application process

The application process will open in December 2014 and the deadline to submit applications will be noon, 23 January, 2015. Applications should be submitted via email to Proposals will be assessed by members of the Steering Committee of Women in the Humanities.

Applications should consist of a proposal of no more than 3 sides of A4. They should include:

  • an abstract
  • a description of the intended audience
  • a call for papers
  • the names of speakers (with emails/letters which may be appended to the proposal confirming their agreement)
  • a detailed budget
  • details of the legacy and impact of the conference

Only applications which include all the above-mentioned documentation will be considered.

The award must not be used to pay speakers.

Outcomes of application & taking up an Award

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcomes of their applications via email by 6 February, 2015.
  • Successful applicants will be able to promote their projects through the Women in the Humanities - TORCH website as well as use rooms in the Radcliffe Humanities Building.
  • All funded activity must commence no earlier than 5th week of Hilary Term 2015, and must be completed by 31 July 2015.
  • Successful applicants will be asked to submit a short report about their conference to the Women in the Humanities Steering Committee by the end of September, 2015.


Applicants with questions regarding the Fund or application process should email for further advice and assistance.