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Women in the Humanities Research Grant

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.

Research Grants

Research grants of up to £3,000 are available to holders of academic posts in the University of Oxford, including Junior Research Fellows and other postdoctoral scholars within the Humanities Division. These awards will assist scholars in undertaking, or writing up, research in the area of women’s studies, broadly defined. This may include all research expenses, including paying for teaching remission, and including buying equipment (please note that any equipment will remain the property of WiH).  Proposals for less than £3,000 will be particularly welcome.

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 take the form of short written proposal, of no more than three to four pages. They should include:

  • the title of the proposal and the names of the applicants
  • a brief overview of the nature of the initiative in language comprehensible to non-experts
  • a short rationale for the proposed initiative which indicates the new knowledge likely to be produced and implications for future research and/or teachin
  • an indication of where any later funding may be sought as a result of the initiative
  • a brief outline of how the initiative intends to contribute to and further the aims of the Women in Humanities programme
  • a breakdown of how the requested funding will be used
  • details of any other sources of funding to support the proposal

*If teaching remission is requested, applicants must include a letter/email from their Faculty Chair or College Senior Tutor indicating willingness to support this request.

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

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 take place between 10 February 2015 and 31 July 2015.

Successful applicants will be required to produce a short report of the activities undertaken and their outcomes and, where possible, provide a visual record for use on the WiH website.


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