The John Fell Fund

The next deadline for applications to the Fund is noon on Wednesday 4 October. 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. Applicants should submit their applications to their departments via the online system well in advance of the deadline. 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 should be made via the John Fell online application system. The system can be accessed via single sign-on (SSO) here.

Applications for extensions to current John Fell awards or submission of final reports should be made via the online system. For further information please refer to the section ‘After an award is made’.


If an application is considered to be 'cross divisional' or is from a unit that does not fall under one of the academic divisions (for instance, applications from GLAM or Continuing Education), the departmental approver should complete the appropriate section on the approval tab of the application form. For an application to be considered as 'cross divisional', two or more divisions must agree that the project is of strategic importance to their division. If a department considers an application to be cross-divisional, they should contact tghe relevant divisional officers to discuss their application as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks before the relevant termly John Fell divisional deadline. A flowchart is available and further details are given in the document at 4. and under 'Deadlines' below.

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

1. Guide for Applicants

JFF system applicant guide (325kb)

2. Quick Reference Guide for Departmental Approvers
To become a departmental approver contact the person in your divisional office who deals with the John Fell Fund or internal funding opportunities.

John Fell Fund department approver guide (645kb)

3. Cross-Divisional Applications Revised Guidance Flowchart

Cross Divisional Applications - revised guidance flowchart V1 (182kb)

4. Humanities Division guidance notes

Humanities Division JFF guidance notes (301kb)

If you have a technical issue with the submission system please contact 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:

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