TORCH Critical-Thinking Communities - Funding Call

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We are happy to announce a new time-sensitive funding initiative open to Oxford DPhil candidates looking to collaborate with other students across faculties and divisions: the “TORCH Critical-Thinking Communities” fund. These communities will be able to critically consider, e.g., historical, cultural, or aesthetic ideas or methodological issues. We are particularly keen to receive applications that take a culturally diverse and/or transnational approach to an issue or set of related questions.  Participants should include Humanities students, but can also include students from other divisions.


The “Critical-Thinking Communities” initiative aims to provide senior mentorship and logistical support to DPhil candidates. In-kind support includes advertising through TORCH’s website and social media, space on the TORCH online blog, bookings on TORCH’s zoom account (if dates available), and advice on events best practice and safety.


Successful applications will receive max. £500, which should be spent by 30 June 2021. Funds can be used to cover expenses related to the running of reading groups, workshops, and other discussion forums. We do not typically fund other websites, as we offer space on the TORCH website.


Applications should be sent to the TORCH team ( There will be three deadlines for the projects:  27 February 2021,  31 March 2021, and 30 April 2021. Applicants will be asked to include the names of the proposed participants (no less than four), confirmation of their student status, and a budget breakdown. Successful applicants will be invited to contribute a blog post on the TORCH website.


We aim to respond to all applicants within 3 weeks of the deadline closing.


Critical-Thinking Communities Application Form

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