New Network Scheme - Trinity Term 2019




Trinity term deadline: Friday 7 June 2019

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) seeks to stimulate and support research activity that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries. To this end, the Centre invites applications from colleagues seeking to establish, or consolidate, multi- or interdisciplinary research networks to be based at the Radcliffe Humanities Building.

Each academic term The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities will sponsor the creation and/or development of up to three multi- or interdisciplinary research networks by providing a venue, funding, a web presence and publicity. Funding will ordinarily be up to £2,500. Funding is for one year (renewable for a further year on application after first year). Applicants may also apply for funds from the John Fell Fund. Network funding can be used for purposes relating to the network only. This includes visiting speaker travel/accommodation, refreshments for events, room hire where needed, printing for posters etc, casual payroll for conference support (we have strict rules on this so please ensure this is clear in your application budget with reason why it is needed).

Please note that funding cannot be used for network members going to other conferences (conference fees, travel etc) nor personal research expenses, and cannot be used to employ research assistants/coordinators etc. Network funds cannot be used to pay for membership for societies or individual conference attendance fees.

TORCH does not seek to set agendas in terms of the choice of research theme or prospective range of activities, nor does it set an initial threshold for the size of a new network. Indeed, we welcome innovative applications that will enable small groups of scholars to create new networks and introduce research agendas that will develop during the course of the year(s) that they are based at the Centre. Priority will be given to cross-disciplinary projects that aim to leave a lasting research legacy in the form of generating self-sustaining networks, publications, knowledge-exchange programmes, and/or grant applications.

Eligibility and Process

TORCH encourages imaginative cross-disciplinary applications, and will not sponsor research groups whose activities could be supported by a single college or faculty. Applications from cross-divisional research groups and from groups engaged with non-academic partners are also welcomed. Lead applicants must include a mixture of postholders and early-career scholars from at least 3 faculties/departments, and different colleges

Application is via the internal IRAMS system (single sign on required). Please click here to apply.

Applications will be assessed by TORCH's management committee, and the committee will aim to respond to all applications within 4-5 weeks. Colleagues are welcome to contact Professor Philip Bullock, the Centre’s Director, ( or Dr Victoria McGuinness, Head of Research Partnerships, ( to discuss applications.