Applications open for RAI travel awards and fourth-year studentships

The RAI is pleased to invite applications for postgraduate and undergraduate travel awards, as well as writing-up studentships for fourth-year doctoral students.

Postgraduate and undergraduate travel awards

Thanks to the generosity of benefactors, the RAI awards at least five travel grants each year for primary research in the United States. Awards are available to Oxford University students writing theses or dissertations in American history, politics or literature. Postgraduates should set out in their application how an RAI Travel Award would enable them to undertake primary research in support of their Master's or Doctoral thesis. Undergraduates should similarly describe how an award would allow them to conduct primary research in connection with their undergraduate thesis or dissertation.

Applicants should also submit projected costings from a minimum of £200 and up to a maximum of £2,000 per application. Travel and reporting for awards made in 2017 should be completed by the start of 0th week of Trinity Term 2018.

Proposals should be up to 500 words in length, and applicants should also include a curriculum vitae of not more than three pages. Preference will be given applicants who have shown a strong commitment to the RAI's activities over the previous year.

The deadline for applications for the 2017/18 academic year (including the summer vacation of 2017) is Monday 15 May 2017 at noon. For further information and how to apply, please visit

Fourth-year studentships

Each year, the RAI seeks applications from current third-year graduate students at Oxford University working in the fields of American History, American Literature, and American Politics & International Relations for election to one-year graduate scholarships. Each of these is to a value of up to £9,000.

These studentships are intended to support outstanding students who are in the process of finishing their doctoral research, and for whom a fourth year would allow the completion of their thesis. Preference will be given to candidates who have consistently and demonstrably contributed to the intellectual life of the Institute. Successful candidates will be expected to continue to play a strong role in the Institute's activities. Candidates must not already have secured research funding elsewhere.

The deadline is Monday 10 April 2017 at noon. For further details and how to apply, please visit