Internal funding opportunities
- Departmental funds
- Erasmus funding for academic teaching staff
- IT Innovation Challenges
- John Fell OUP Research Fund
- Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs)
- Medical Research Fund
- Oppenheimer Fund: Academic exchanges (deadline: 31 March 2017)
- Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund (deadline: 24 February 2017)
- Oxford-Canterbury (NZ) Exchange Programme
- Oxford Martin School research funding (deadline: 28 February 2017)
- Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund
- Returning Carers' Fund for academic and research staff
- Scholarships and Prizes
- The Oxford Humanities Research Centre (TORCH): internal funding opportunities
- Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (deadline: 30 January 2017)
Departments usually have some funds available to held fund travel to conferences and for collaborative visits, short-term emergency support etc. Please contact your Departmental Administrator for further information.
Erasmus funding for academic teaching staff
Erasmus is the European Commission's flagship educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers, and institutions and was introduced with the aim of increasing student mobility within Europe. Erasmus funding is not only available for students but for staff as well. Members of academic teaching staff employed by the University of Oxford may be eligible for funding to undertake a short period of teaching at another institution that participates in Erasmus.
Details about the Erasmus Staff Mobility Scheme can be found on the website of Personnel Services. Please note that an agreement between two institutions holding an Erasmus University Charter needs to be in place by the summer before the academic year in which the staff mobility is due to take place.
Further information can be obtained from the Erasmus Co-ordinator.
IT Innovation Challenges
The IT Innovation Challenges, part of the University’s IT Capital Plan, support small start-up digital projects that will bring a benefit to the University. They aim to fund innovative projects which will enhance the staff or student experience at Oxford through digital means. Successful projects may go on to become full services or work with Oxford University Innovation on spin out opportunities.
Staff IT Innovation Challenge: each term a 'challenge' is set to encourage people to focus their thoughts and submit ideas for others to discuss. There is also an 'open' category where you can submit any idea you feel could bring benefit to the University. The Staff Challenge is available to any member of University staff (but not open to college-only employees). Projects can be any length but will last no longer than 12 months. Projects can be of any value, starting as low as a few hundred pounds, but can cost no more than £60k in total.
For further information please visit the Innovation Challenges website.
John Fell OUP Research Fund
The John Fell OUP Research Fund is administered by the Planning & Resource Allocation Section (PRAS). The purpose of the Fund is to foster creativity and a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly in interdisciplinary fields. It will make seedcorn and start-up grants, and provide staff and funds to stimulate applications to external agencies. The Fund will thus build on the success of the former Research Development Fund. Please see the John Fell Fund web page for deadlines and further details.
Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs)
These posts are generally affiliated with particular colleges, and are advertised via their websites. Some posts are advertised in the Appointments section of the Gazette and/or in the Research section of the University job site.
Medical Research Fund
The Medical Research Fund supports research conducted in the clinical departments of the Medical Sciences Division through provision of a bridging salary scheme, a pump-priming salary scheme, and a clinical pre-fellowship scheme. Please see the MSD website for further information.
Oppenheimer Fund: Academic exchanges (deadline: 31 March 2017)
The Oppenheimer Fund provides funding for senior members of the University who wish either to visit one or more universities in South Africa or to senior members of South African universities who wish to visit Oxford.
Grants may be awarded up to the cost of a return flight (up to £850) and one month of living expenses (£1,200 for visits to South Africa or £1,600 for those to Oxford).
Applications for one month visits will be considered, but applications for visits of over one month where a source of co-funding or additional funding has already been secured or identified will be prioritised.
Applications for new collaboration projects between Oxford and South Africa are particularly encouraged.
Exchange applications from graduate students or for the sole purpose of attending a conference (or similar short event) will not normally be considered.
Applications for grants from the Fund should include:
- A statement of the purpose of the proposed visit. This should give an outline of the research to be carried out during the visit and expected goals; these should be summarised in terms accessible to a layperson. The statement should also include details on how the visit will build links between Oxford and South Africa;
- Duration and estimated costs, including details of any other available sources of funding;
- A curriculum vitae;
- A letter of support from the institution you will be visiting.
For visitors to Oxford, your host should also confirm in the letter that they will assist in arranging suitable affiliation to a college/department and access to any necessary research materials. The host should also assist in finding you accommodation in Oxford.
Applications should be sent as a single pdf document containing all elements requested.
The Oppenheimer Fund accepts applications twice a year. The next deadline is 31 March 2017. Enquiries about the Fund should be sent to: Kim Ooi, Student Fees and Funding, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund (deadline: 24 February 2017)
The Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund was set up thanks to a donation from the Blakey Foundation. The fund supports staff and postgraduate research students visiting the University of Yangon and potentially other Burma/Myanmar institutions to take part in guest teaching, supervision, joint research, staff training and curriculum development activities.
Full details of the types of applications that the fund supports, the application procedure, and requirements of grant recipients can be found on the Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund page.
The next deadline for applications is noon on Friday 24 February.
Oxford-Canterbury (NZ) Exchange Programme
The Oxford-Canterbury Exchange Programme, pursuant to the latest Memorandum of Understanding (240kb) signed by Oxford and Canterbury in 2011, enables academic staff from Oxford University to visit the University of Canterbury for up to 3 months to give lectures to students and contribute generally to the teaching programme. The University of Canterbury now funds all Fellowships with assistance from its Erskine Bequest.
Please note: Oxford departments, rather than the central University, will be responsible for meeting the financial commitments agreed to. Also, any Oxford academic thinking of applying for a Fellowship must contact the relevant department at Canterbury and obtain a supporting letter from the Head of Department. Further information on this can be found on the Programme Overview page.
The deadline for applications for the 2017 round of funding was 29 April 2016.
Oxford Martin School research funding (deadline: 28 February 2017)
Theme: Great Transitions
The Oxford Martin School invites expressions of interest on researchable questions into:
- Digital /AI Horizons - Normative Frontiers
- Transition to the Post-Carbon Society
- Zoonoses and Pandemics
- African Futures
Applicants must be in a permanent or long-term (five years plus) research post in the University and must be eligible to apply for research funding as a Principal Investigator in their own name.
Expressions of interest should include details of the subject to be researched, approach to be taken, and suitability to lead the research.
Open house meetings
The School will host an open house meeting on each theme for applicants to explore possible research programmes, meet and exchange ideas with potential collaborators, and deepen understanding of the School and its funding process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on 28 February 2017
More information is available on the Oxford Martin School website.
Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund
This an internal grant scheme to support Public Engagement with Research activities – applications from those new or experienced in Public Engagement with Research are welcome. Funds can be requested to: develop or pilot new Public Engagement with Research projects; improve existing Public Engagement with Research activity; or evaluate ongoing Public Engagement with Research activities.
The latest application deadline was Monday 24 October 2016.
Returning Carers' Fund for academic and research staff
The Returning Carers' Fund is a small grants scheme intended to support the return to research of women and men who have taken a break of at least six months for caring responsibilities.
For further details and deadlines please see the Equality and Diversity website.
Scholarships and Prizes
The Fees and funding web pages include useful information about scholarships and prizes available to undergraduate and graduate students.
The Oxford Humanities Research Centre (TORCH): internal funding opportunities
The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) seeks to stimulate and support research activity that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
For information on specific funding opportunities, please see the TORCH website.
Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (deadline: 30 January 2017)
The ISSF is a block grant provided to the University from Wellcome. The ISSF Committee receives applications for funding from any department in the University. Research projects must fall within the Wellcome remit, as well as the strategic remit of biomedical research at Oxford. The ISSF Committee especially welcomes cross-divisional bids.
The next deadline for applications is 30 January 2017.
Further information can be found on the Medical Sciences Division website.