The TORCH ‘Global South’ Visiting Professorships is a flagship scheme that supports Visiting Professors from the Global South for a minimum of one term in the academic year in Oxford. All Souls College will generously host the visiting academic, and TORCH will provide the Faculty and additional logistical support.
TORCH created the ‘Global South Visiting Professorship’ scheme in 2015, with the aim to support Visiting Professorships and Fellowships for academics from countries in the Global South (including, but not limited to, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Malaysia, Philippines, Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and across Southern Africa and the Caribbean).
The TORCH Global South Visiting Professorships are crucial in the work of providing role models and embedding expectations on diversity and inclusivity in the wider University. The scheme builds on and reinforces existing links between Oxford (including TORCH), Mellon, and Universities in the countries named above.
The scholars from the Global South are hosted in Oxford for a minimum of a term to conduct their research and to contribute, where possible, to the teaching environment through open and public events. They also participate in the academic life of the College and wider University. The scheme brings mutual benefit to the Oxford community of researchers and students and to the Visiting Professor through the fruitful exchange of knowledge and experiences.
TORCH provides accommodation, food and Senior Common Room membership through All Souls College, and a modest bursary to cover travel and expenses. TORCH also provides the Visiting Professor with a University Card for 1 year, so that they can continue their research and connection to Oxford.