Conference and Events Fund

We are pleased to announce our latest call for applications for conference and events funding. Anyone who would like to put on events at the RAI is welcome to apply. We will fund the strongest, most intellectually challenging proposals on the study of the United States (or other polities in North America that preceded or have been co-existent with it), including topics on Atlantic history or which situate the US in a global context. This term the Committee particularly welcome applications for events connected with the history of racism, African American history, or the resilience/fragility of democratic institutions.

Activities might include regular reading groups, one-off workshops, training and development sessions, or research seminars that complement the regular research seminars and annual lectures we run at the RAI. We welcome applications for events that are disciplinarily specific, or which include an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary element. We especially encourage applications that will lead to publication or that include some element of student engagement. We also expect events to offer an equitable and welcoming environment that promotes the full participation of people from historically marginalized groups.

Individual applications may request up to £5,000, but the preference of the Committee is to fund several smaller activities. Successful awards are typically up to £2,000. All funded proposals receive complimentary use of RAI event space (or Zoom account), promotion on the RAI termcard and university-wide OxTalks list, and administrative support for the reimbursement of pre-approved expenses. The Committee may also choose to offer event space and promotion to promising proposals that cannot be funded.

Applications are welcomed twice per year: once in Michaelmas term (deadline Monday of 5th week, for events no earlier than Trinity term) and once in Trinity term (deadline Monday of 5th week, for events no earlier than Michaelmas term).


We welcome applications from Oxford students (including undergraduates, Master's, and D.Phil. students), RAI fellows, and Oxford University post-holders who study the United States and the Atlantic world, in all disciplines. Co-organizers may be non-Oxford affiliates, but at least one organizer must be based at Oxford. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to participation in the intellectual life of the Institute.


Applications should consist of three elements, submitted in a single pdf:

  • A title and description of the content, objectives, and possible outcomes of the proposed event(s) in no more than two pages
  • A CV and contact information for each proposed organizer
  • A breakdown of the costs of the proposed event or activities

Questions and complete applications can be addressed to