The TORCH Humanities and Identities Visiting Professorship Programme (previously known as the Global South Visiting Professorship Scheme) is a flagship scheme that supports Visiting Professors from institutions based in countries included in the United Nations ‘Group of 77’.
TORCH created the scheme in 2015, with the aim to support Visiting Professorships and Fellowships for academics from countries across the Global Majority. The Visiting Professorships are crucial in the work of providing role models and broadening inclusivity across the wider University. The scheme builds on and reinforces existing links between Oxford and Universities in G77 countries.
Visiting Professors are nominated by an academic in the Humanities, and invited to Oxford for one academic term in order to conduct their research and contribute to the teaching environment through departmental and public-facing events. They are also encouraged to 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, research, and experiences.