Supporting the RAI

The generosity of supporters who value the Institute’s world-class research and teaching on the United States makes possible all that we do.

Gifts to the RAI allow future generations of scholars, students and members of the public to better understand the United States, its history, its politics, and its culture.

You can become a Friend of the RAI from £40 annually to support the RAI and its mission.

How to give

In the UK and the rest of Europe, give online or by cheque by printing off a giving form.

In the United States, give online through Americans for Oxford (501(c) 3), expressing a wish to support the RAI, or by cheque by printing off a giving form.

UK residents can maximise gifts by filling out a Gift Aid declaration. For every £1 a UK tax payer donates, 25p in reclaimed tax is added. A £100 gift with Gift Aid is therefore worth £125.

Americans for Oxford, Inc (AFO), is the University’s charitable organisation in North America, and accepts gifts in support of the RAI. It has been determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to be a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organisation. Gifts to AFO qualify for an income tax deduction to the full extent allowed by law.

"A university should be a place of light, liberty and learning. Long before my country existed, Oxford was all this and more."
President Ronald Reagan, speaking in Oxford in 1992

Priorities for support

The Campaign for the RAI has four priorities:

  • Establishing an endowed Directorship of the RAI and University Chair

The RAI seeks to strengthen its mission – of promoting the greater global understanding of the United States – by creating a permanent Distinguished Chair of the University of Oxford to lead the Institute. Held by the most highly respected scholars of American history and public policy, the Chair would have a unique place in leading and shaping the international study of the United States.

  • Supporting the Institute’s world-class programme of events in perpetuity

Endowing a seminar series, international conferences, or an outreach programme to promote greater public study and understanding of the United States would help ensure that RAI research and events engage an ever wider audience.

  • Funding graduate scholarships in American history, politics and literature

Graduate students are at the heart of the RAI. Their research plays a vital role in extending the understanding of the United States, influencing perceptions and countering misconceptions.

Supporting the research of the RAI's outstanding students from across the world is particularly vital as government provision for graduate work in the humanities declines.

  • Creating postdoctoral fellowships in American history, politics and literature

Postdoctoral researchers produce some of the most brilliant and creative scholarship on the important topics of our times. Three-year postdoctoral fellowships enable young academics who have recently completed their doctoral theses to hone their research for publication in books and articles, and to gain essential experience in teaching.

As well as these priorities, there are many other ways to support the Institute’s academic mission. For example, supporters might:

  • sponsor a particular conference or workshop;
  • contribute to the endowment of a major public lecture;
  • sponsor one of the Institute’s weekly graduate seminars in American history, politics and literature
  • extend the VHL’s rich holdings in American history and politics by contributing to the library’s book fund