2023 - 2024 | TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

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Purpose of fellowship
Proposals are sought from Oxford researchers to facilitate new, or develop existing, relationships with external partners that further the reach and significance of research in all humanities disciplines at Oxford. The range of possible knowledge exchange activities and partners is deliberately broad; it is up to the applicant to make the case that what is proposed enhances their research, benefits the external partner(s), and has the potential to continue after the end of the Fellowship. All previous fellows have project descriptions on the TORCH website.


Up to £12k is available to support each fellow

This may include buyout of teaching for postholders, either as one term or pro rata across several terms, and/or hourly paid research or teaching assistance, and/or justified project expenses up to total of £12k.

An early-career option is also available for those who submitted their thesis no more than five years prior to the start of the KE Fellowship. The early-career fellowship will award up to a 0.2 FTE staff contract at grade 7.1 (pro rata) plus up to £3000 project expenses.

All funds awarded must be spent by 21 July 2024 with events, workshops, travel etc. to be completed before this deadline.


How to apply 


Applications are made using the IRAMS online form. Please provide your external partner’s name, email, and, where applicable, the name of the organisation as a collaborator. The budget tab must be completed with an estimate of all costs; the staff contract cost for early-career researchers should be included at £9000. Ineligible costs include overheads or indirect/estates costs or equivalent ‘bench fees’, books, general office supplies, and computer hardware.

Applications will be submitted online and must then be approved by your faculty through the IRAMS approval system. Please discuss your application in advance with your Research Director and/or Head of Administration and Finance.


Queries and surgeries
Applicants with questions regarding the scheme or application process, including queries relating to eligibility, should email kesupport@humanities.ox.ac.uk for further advice and assistance.

For those who want advice on how to structure their application there will be two surgeries to answer any queries. Please email kesupport@humanities.ox.ac.uk to book a place.


Application deadline
Friday 2 June, 12:00 noon GMT 


Application submission
Online via IRAMS (SSO) webform only


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