The John Fell Fund

The next deadline for applications to the Fund will be Wednesday, 7 October, 2015 at noon. This deadline applies to both Main and Small award schemes under the John Fell Fund, in addition to Divisional awards for the Humanities Division. For further information on Divisional applications within Humanities, please refer to the divisional website. Please note that all applications require departmental approval prior to being submitted to the relevant division and departmental deadlines may be several days in advance of this deadline. Please check with your departmental administrator and ensure applications are submitted in sufficient time to allow for this approval process.

All applications to the John Fell Fund for Michaelmas Term 2015 should be made via the John Fell online application system. The system can be accessed via single sign-on (SSO) here and consists of the following;

Part 1 of your application requires that you provide core details, a lay summary and a financial breakdown on an online application form.

Part 2 of your application requires that you complete and upload the 'Part 2 – Case for Support' template available at 'How to make an application' and then upload this file as a PDF attachment to your Part 1 online application.

Applicants should submit their applications to their Departments via the online system well in advance of the deadline. Departmental Approvers should then review and approve (or reject) applications and submit approved applications to the relevant division.

Applications for extensions to John Fell awards should be made via the online system, accessed using your SSO, using the 'Request Extension' tool, accessed using the button alongside your award listing on 'My Applications and Awards'. Extensions must be approved by your departmental approver before being reviewed by the John Fell Secretariat. Final reports should be submitted six months after the award end date using the ‘Final report’ button. If you are or have been a holder of a John Fell award, please check if your award end date was more than six months ago and ensure that your report has been submitted using the online system on the  John Fell web pages of the Oxford University website.

The following documents provide further guidelines for applicants and Departmental Approvers:

1. Guide for Applicants

JFF System Applicant Guide (332kb)

2. Circular to John Fell Departmental Approvers

Circular on JFF Online System (64kb)

3. Quick Reference Guide for Departmental Approvers

John Fell Fund Departmental Approver QRG (633kb)

If you have a technical issue with the new submission system please contact PRAS directly at Applicants with queries about the application process should in the first instance contact their departmental administrator; if they cannot solve the problem, they should contact the relevant divisional contact, as set out below:

Any changes to the identity of departmental approvers should be notified on the form available at:

Further advice is also given in the FAQs section.

Reports on completed projects funded by the John Fell Fund in the past indicate that on average, Fell Fund awards are leveraging other funding at a ratio of up to 1:7. Further details about the Fund are given in the John Fell OUP Research Fund Annual Report Annual report 2013 - 2014 Executive Summary (225kb)

If you have any queries about the Fund, please address them to