OPEN Policy Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

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The Oxford Policy Exchange Network (OPEN) is a University-wide initiative supporting policy engagement. It is funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and managed by the Social Sciences Division. 

OPEN Policy Fellowships

Applications are welcomed from University of Oxford researchers from any discipline. 

This University-wide competitive knowledge exchange scheme is designed to support the development of mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers and policymakers.

As governments come under increasing pressure for political accountability, there is an increased demand for evidence-based policy derived from the insights of 'expert' research. The aims of this Fellowship scheme are: 

  • To build partnerships with a view to shape the policy agenda in regional, national and global contexts; 
  • To improve or support evidence-based policymaking
  • To develop and sustain strategic relationships with key policymakers
  • To improve and diversify the breadth of policy engagement at Oxford through policy partnerships. 

Fellowships proposals could take several forms, including (but not limited to):

  • Developing new and growing existing relationships with policymakers
  • Exploring possibilities for collaboration
  • Developing partnerships with policymakers
  • co-designing projects that answers policy problems 
  • co-developing research questions and potential new research proposals

Fellowships can be outgoing (researchers spending time with an external organisation related to policy) or incoming (with policymakers spending time at Oxford) or a mutual exchange. Fellowship holders will receive peer support and guidance before, throughout, and after the project as part of a cohort of Fellows. 


There is a total of £100k for this scheme. The maximum amount per fellowship award is £25k. Funding can be spent between 1 November 2019 and 31 July 2020. No extensions will be possible. This funding is not for primary research. 

How to Apply

Submit your application via IRAMS by 5pm, 30 September 2019.

Guidance for this call can be found here.


If you would like support with your application, or to discuss policy engagement or policy partnership opportunities more generally, please contact William Pryor, Head of Policy Engagement.

For queries about the application process, please contact

Please see the Social Sciences website for more information.