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Knowledge Exchange Fellowships:  Closed on Thursday 3 July 2014

The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) will support a short-term fellowship scheme for humanities scholars to build mutually beneficial partnerships with external organisations. The scheme is hosted by TORCH, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

The range of possible knowledge exchange activities and partners is broad. A theatre group could use an academic’s research as the basis for a new play, while the group’s unique interpretation helps the academic to see their research afresh. A public archive could benefit from in the input of a researcher, whilst a researcher is able to analyse untapped collections. A scholar could work with an NGO to gain a fresh perspective on a particular issue or social group, and the NGO could benefit from the scholar’s related research. Innovative and experimental ideas not listed here are very welcome, as long as the applicant’s plan is well defined.

The scheme is open to academics currently holding a contract at Oxford and early career researchers who are affiliated with the University in some way (either having studied at Oxford or having held an early career fellowship or fixed-term teaching position).

All fellowship holders will have access to some expenses (about £1.5k each), will be able to run events through TORCH, use rooms in the Radcliffe Humanities Building and promote their work through the TORCH website.

Applicants should demonstrate how their project will enhance their own research and benefit the external partner. Projects should have a defined outcome, such as planning a joint research application, developing a proposal for an AHRC collaborative doctoral studentship, or exploring consultancy and research contract opportunities. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to an impacts project with the Oxford Internet Institute. Full training will be provided in social media and computational analysis, communications, and media skills.

The judging panel will be made up of academics at varying career stages and representatives from non-academic organisations. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-July 2014, and can take up their fellowship any time after 1 September 2014 as long as the project is completed by 31 July 2015.

KE Fellowship Application Guidance

KE Fellowship Application Form


For more information, please contact Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, Knowledge Exchange Facilitator for the Humanities.

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