Conference and Events Fund

We are pleased to announce our latest call for applications for conference funds. Anyone who would like to put on workshops, seminars, conferences at the RAI are welcome to apply. Applications with an interdisciplinary element are encouraged, as are those that will lead to publication or that include some element of student engagement. We will fund the strongest, most intellectually challenging proposals but for this call we would 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 termcard’s offerings. For full details of all the seminars and events taking place at the RAI, please see our termcard. In line with our commitment to being an inclusive, open and supportive environment for our community, we encourage applicants to put together panels which bring together diverse participants.

Individual applications can 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.

The next deadline is 9 October (Friday of 0th Week). Applications are otherwise welcomed twice per year: once in Michaelmas Term (deadline Monday of 5th week) and once in Trinity Term (deadline Monday of 5th week).


Applications are encouraged from all members of the RAI community (broadly construed). We welcome applications from undergraduates and postgraduates (both Master's and D.Phil. students), visiting fellows, associated research and teaching fellows, and Oxford University post-holders. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to participation in the intellectual life of the Institute.


Applications should consist of 3 elements:

  • A description of the content, objectives, and possible outcomes of the proposed event(s) in no more than 2 pages.
  • A CV (or CVs if there are more than one proposed event organizers).
  • A breakdown of the costs of the proposed event or activities.

Questions can be addressed to