Students at the RAI are drawn from those at the Faculties of History and English, and the Department of Politics and International Relations whose research interests focus on the United States. 

There are two dedicated Masters courses for the study of the United States, the MSt in US History, offered by the History Faculty, and the MSt in English and American Studies, offered by the Faculty of English. The MSt in US History is the longest established course of its type in Britain.

Undergraduates reading for degrees in HistoryEnglish, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) are able to select from a range of optional papers on the United States, and may choose to write their final year theses on American topics.

The graduate community at the RAI displays disciplinary breadth, intellectual depth and energy, and a high level of activity. Groups of doctoral students in History, Politics, and Literature meet weekly for research seminars and to hear and discuss papers in progress from their peers.

Thanks to the generosity of benefactors, the RAI is able to offer a number of awards and grants for Oxford University students and academic staff. For full details, please see the pages linked below.