FellowsThe Rothermere American Institute welcomes visiting scholars from across the world.

RAI Visiting Fellows pursue their research on diverse aspects of American history, politics and culture in the Vere Harmsworth Library’s outstanding collections of American materials and elsewhere in Oxford, write books and articles, and engage in the Institute’s lively community of scholarship.

We offer the following categories of Visiting Fellowships:

·      Senior Visiting Research Fellowship (SVRF), tenable for one academic year

·      Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowships (PVRF), tenable for one or two terms

·      Associate Visiting Research Fellowships (AVRF), tenable for one academic year

·      Vacation Visiting Research Fellowships (VVRF), tenable during university vacations for one year


How to apply for a Visiting Fellowship at the RAI

The deadline for applications for Visiting Fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year has now passed. Applications for Visiting Fellowships for 2016-17 will be invited in early 2016.

Current Visiting Fellows at the Rothermere American Institute


Former Visiting Fellows of the Rothermere American Institute

“The Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowship proved instrumental in helping to transform a fledgling examination into the interchange between American intelligence activity and diplomacy in the developing world into a fully developed, coherent and intellectually engaging research project. During my time at the RAI, my research agenda began to attract significant attention from scholarly colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic, government policymakers in Britain and the US, and academic publishing houses."

Dr Paul McGarr, University of Nottingham, UK, and RAI Visiting Fellow

The three subject groups represented at the RAI – history, politics & international relations, and literature – from time to time make nominations to the RAI’s Executive Committee for the election to Supernumerary Research and Teaching Fellowships (SRTF) of those colleagues who have contributed strongly to research and teaching activities in one or more of those subjects and whose contribution it is right that the RAI should publicly recognise.

The RAI’s Executive Committee also elects to RAI Distinguished Fellowships those persons who have made exceptional contributions to the intellectual life of the Institute and who have achieved distinction in academic, professional or public life.