Visiting Research Fellowships (VRFs) provide an opportunity for early to mid-career academics to conduct research on American history, politics, international relations, literature or culture, at the Rothermere American Institute.
VRFs use their time at the Institute to write books and articles, and are part of the Institute’s community of scholars.
All VRFs 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 Oxford University's other libraries. The VRF is expected to spend at least three working days each week at the RAI, and to give an academic paper at the Institute during the Fellowship. The RAI is unable to offer stipends, but provides the VRF with a travel grant of up to £200 each term for research (the last two points do not apply to Vacation VRFs)..
Fellowships are tenable for one or two terms, or for a full academic year. For dates of term, see http://www.ox.ac.uk/about/facts-and-figures/dates-of-term
Three types of VRF are offered:
- Postdoctoral VRFs are academics who have recently completed a doctorate, or are at an early stage of their academic career. Fellowships are tenable for one or two terms, with up to two Postdoctoral VRFs in residence at any one time. The Fellow is provided with a fully equipped office with views of the RAI garden.
- Associate VRFs are likely to have academic posts in the UK or elsewhere. Their teaching and research is within the field of the RAI’s core activities. This fellowship is tenable for a full academic year. Applications for periods of Fellowship of less than one year will be considered in exceptional circumstances. The Institute is unable to guarantee office space to Associate VRFs.
- Vacation VRFs are likely to have academic posts in the UK or elsewhere but will want to conduct research in Oxford during the summer. This fellowship is tenable for the summer (June‒September) at the end of the academic year in which the application is submitted. The Institute is unable to guarantee office space to Vacation VRFs.
Applications for 2018/19 Fellowships have now closed. Applications for Fellowships to be held during the 2019/20 academic year will open in January 2019. For details of how to apply, please see www.rai.ox.ac.uk/fellows/apply.