Application Guidance

Women in the Humanities is an interdisciplinary programme which aims to explore how gender and sex play out in history, art, philosophy, music, language and literature, as well as the ethics and politics of gender identity and equality in the Humanities. It seeks to promote the opportunities Oxford offers to women working in the Humanities at all career stages, as well as promoting the study of women’s lives within the Humanities at the University.

Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship

A postdoctoral writing fellowship worth £5,000 is available to early career scholars within three years of the award of a doctorate who do not yet hold a permanent academic job. The fellowship will be tenable for between 3 and 6 months from 1 October 2017. Funding may be used for travel expenses, living expenses and research activities that will enable the Fellow to publish their doctorate or aspects of their doctoral work. The Fellow will be a scholar whose work promises to significantly advance knowledge of women’s lives, experiences and/or representation. They will be mentored by an experienced academic in their field, and will be expected to be a regular participant in WiH activities.


Applicants must have been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2014. Applicants who were awarded a PhD prior to this date but who have extenuating circumstances (maternity/parental leave or illness) will also be considered.

Application process

The deadline to submit applications is noon, 21 April 2017. Applications should be submitted via email to wihadmin@torch.ox.ac.uk. Proposals will be assessed by members of the Steering Committee of Women in the Humanities.

Applications should take the form of short written proposal, using this template, plus a 1-2 page c.v., sent in one pdf document, plus one academic reference. Only applications which include all the above-mentioned documentation will be considered.

Outcomes of application & taking up an Award

• Applicants will be notified of the outcomes of their applications via email by 2nd June 2017.

• Successful applicants will be able to promote their projects through the Women in the Humanities – TORCH website as well as use rooms in the Radcliffe Humanities Building.

The successful applicant will be required to engage in the intellectual life of WiH by attending and presenting a paper at a relevant research seminar series and by attending and initiating research activities within WiH. They will be required to produce a short report of the activities undertaken and their outcomes and, where possible, provide a visual record for use on the WiH website.

A condition of taking up the award is that WiH is acknowledged on all publications that result from this award.


Applicants with questions regarding the Award or application process should email wihadmin@torch.ox.ac.uk for further advice and assistance.

Click here to view the application form.