The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

Next deadline of note: 18 October 2023

Please see TORCH Website for details of funding opportunities.

TORCH is The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Launched in May 2013, TORCH provides funding and opportunities for development of researchers across the humanities, with a focus on collaboration across disciplines and institutions and beyond academia.  To date it has raised over £3 million in grants and philanthropy, hosting events, supporting researchers and providing seed funding for networks.  

Details of current and past funding opportunities can be found here.  TORCH also supports a wide range of engagement opportunities across the humanities.

Upcoming Opportunities:

TORCH New Network Scheme - deadline midday 18 October 2023
TORCH invites applications from researchers seeking to establish multi- or interdisciplinary research networks. Each academic term TORCH will sponsor the creation and/or development multi- or interdisciplinary research networks by providing a venue, a web presence and publicity. Applications must be interdisciplinary and interdepartmental (the PI should be from a Humanities faculty/department). Lead applicants should be a mixture of post-holders and early-career researchers (postdoctoral). Up to £7,500 available over two years. 


TORCH International Engagement Fund - deadline midday 18 October 2023
TORCH invites applications from researchers seeking to establish collaborative projects with international partners. There are three pathways: (a) International Projects (can support online or in-person events, the creation of joint summer schools, workshops, seminars or other third-party collaboration); (b) International Fellowships (for a collaborator at an international research institution to take up a TORCH International Fellowship in Oxford for 1 academic term during the relevant academic year); (c) International Research Grants (can support visits to international institutions, e.g. libraries, archives, research centres, to further current and/or new research projects). Up to £7,500 available over two years.