TORCH supports various types of International Engagement, enabling and facilitating research connections and collaborations. Many of these exchanges have come through ‘bottom-up’ connections with researchers, and others are part of wider, strategic plans to encourage and support international research with Oxford. 

This section on the TORCH website highlights some of the ongoing and growing international engagement opportunities:

The Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership involves four institutions in Berlin: the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. In its initial stages, the partnership will build on existing research links between Oxford and Berlin, and also create an environment for taking forward new projects across the five institutions, including all areas of academic research and also within the museums and libraries of both Berlin and Oxford. 

The TORCH International Partnership Scheme allows Oxford researchers to apply for grants to support strategically important international projects with an international partner. Grants of £2,000 for projects are available. 

The TORCH Global South Visiting Professorships are supported in partnership with All Souls College. Through this scheme, Oxford researchers from Humanities Faculties and other Divisions can apply to host a TORCH Global South Visiting Professor. The award will cover travel, subsistence and research expenses as well as accommodation provided by All Souls College. This scheme is essential in supporting Global scholars in Oxford, and building longer-term relationships, and are part of the diversity and inclusivity in the wider University. 

The AfOx Visiting Fellows Programme is designed to enhance academic mobility and network building. The programme supports African scholars and researchers working in any discipline to spend periods of flexible time in Oxford, for example as sabbatical leave for utilising library or other university facilities or undertaking or planning collaborative research with Oxford based colleagues. TORCH has connected with AfOx on their excellent programme and created the AfOx-TORCH Fellowships, to support a researcher from the African continent for 1 term each year. 

For information, please contact:

TORCH International Officer: Zimpande Kawanu - 

TORCH Academic Champion: Professor María del Pilar Blanco -


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