Applications invited for the 2020-21 Senior Visiting Research Fellowship

The annual Senior Visiting Research Fellowship (SVRF) provides an opportunity for a mid- to late-career academic to conduct research at the Rothermere American Institute on American history, politics, international relations, literature or culture.

SRVFs use their time at the Institute to write books and articles, and are expected to be an active part of the Institute’s community of scholars during the period of their fellowship, which is normally one academic year.

The SVRF will have access to a shared office to work alongside other RAI Fellows.  The SVRF will have full access to the Vere Harmsworth Library – home to the finest academic collections in American history, politics and government outside North America – and to other libraries at Oxford University. It is expected that the SVRF will spend at least three working days each week at the RAI, will attend seminars and events at the Institute, and will give an academic paper during their Fellowship. The application should include details of a proposed academic paper that fits in with the research interests of the RAI. The panel will be pleased to receive applications from academics who are able to commit to being an active member of the RAI Community.

The SVRF has the opportunity to become a member of the Senior Common Room (SCR) of one of Oxford’s colleges. This membership will include College dining rights (to a maximum of 3 lunches per week and 2 dinners per term plus use of the SCR). The RAI is unable to offer stipends, but provides the SVRF with a travel grant of up to £200 each term, or £600 per academic year, for research.

The Fellowship is tenable for a full academic year and is not renewable. The successful applicant will be required to submit a report regarding their time at the RAI for our Annual Report, and acknowledge the support of the RAI in any resulting publications.  Applications for periods of Fellowship of less than one year will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. For dates of term, see

The closing date for applications is Monday 30th March 2020 at 12 noon (GMT).

For details of how to apply, please see