Fellowships-in-Residence provide an opportunity for academics based outside Oxford to conduct research on American history, politics, international relations, literature or culture, at the Rothermere American Institute (RAI).

Fellows-in-Residence use their time at the Institute to write books and articles, and are part of the Institute’s community of scholars. Preference will be given to applicants who outline a specific research project for their time at the RAI, which either uses the resources of the Institute's Vere Harmsworth Library or would be of interest to the RAI’s scholarly community.

Fellowships-in-Residence are non-stipendiary, but carry full access to the Vere Harmsworth Library – home to the finest academic collections in American history, politics and government outside North America – and to Oxford University's other libraries. Fellows also have access to desk space at the RAI on a hot-desking basis. They will normally be expected to spend at least three working days each week at the RAI, to attend seminars and events at the Institute, and to give an academic paper at the Institute during their Fellowship. It will be helpful to give an outline of this paper in the application.  

Fellowships-in-Residence are tenable for a full academic year, or for the long summer vacation. Applications for shorter periods will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For dates of term, see http://www.ox.ac.uk/about/facts-and-figures/dates-of-term.

Applicants are likely to be:

  • Academics who have recently completed a doctorate, or are at an early stage of their academic career, and whose research is within the field of the RAI’s core activities.
  • Academics with posts in the UK or elsewhere, whose teaching and research is within the field of the RAI’s core activities. This fellowship is tenable for a full academic year. 
  • Academics who have academic posts in the UK or elsewhere but will want to conduct research in Oxford during the summer, and whose research is within the field of the RAI’s core activities (applications for summer fellowships should be submitted in the spring of the calendar year in which the fellowship is to be held).

An application consists of 4 elements:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A curriculum vitae of no more than two pages 
  3. A one-page outline of the research to be undertaken during the Fellowship. This should include the title of the project(s) to be undertaken, a summary of the project, its research question and intellectual significance, as well as prospective publication plans.
  4. Two academic references in support of the applicant, which must reach the Institute by the application deadline.

All application materials should be sent to enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for fellowships to be held in the 2021-22 academic year, or the 2021 summer vacation, is 12 noon on Monday 15 February.