Call for applications to the Diversity Fund 2021-22 are now open!


The University of Oxford is committed to fostering an inclusive culture that promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected. The Diversity Fund is a £70,000 annual fund that provides small grants to initiatives aimed at furthering this commitment, with the aim of delivering a lasting change in culture across the collegiate University.

Applications are welcome from all academic departments, as well as from UAS and GLAM. Students are welcome to apply but must have the support of an academic sponsor and agreement that funds will be administered by the sponsor’s department. 

Further details

What will they fund?

Applications are welcome for funding of a wide range of initiatives that will further the University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. These might include positive action initiatives in support of under-represented groups and initiatives designed to disseminate and accelerate the implementation of good practice. Applications can be made in respect of any under-represented group where a clear need can be demonstrated.

Applications should show how they:

  • Contribute to the institution's equality and diversity priorities outlined in the Strategic Plan.
  • Demonstrate a breadth of impact, through benefit to staff and/or students across a number of departments/divisions, and/or clear plans for good practice to be applied more widely, and/or clear plans for external influence.
  • Address challenges identified in new ways.
  • Demonstrate how the impact of the project will be sustained beyond the initial funding period.

Funding is unlikely to be awarded for:

  • Standalone events, with no demonstrable legacy.
  • A project which benefits only a single department.
  • Activities that form part of the normal day-to-day operations of a department.
  • Activities for which we would normally expect other financial support to exist within the University or externally, including funding for a member of staff.
  • Activities that would require recurrent funding in order to continue beyond the initial funding period.

If you are considering submitting an application to this round, please get in touch with Clara Elod by Friday, 28 May.

The timeframe we are working towards for the applications is as follows:

  • Expressions of interest –sent to Clara by Friday, 28 May (Week 5)
  • Draft application deadline – sent to Clara by Friday, 11 June (Week 7)
  • Diversity Fund deadline for submission – Friday, 24 June (Week 9)

This timescale should enable enough time to advise on the draft application and help maximise the chances of you securing funding.