University of Oxford
Location: Oxford
Salary: Not specified
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 28th November 2016
Closes: 30th January 2017
The RAI invites applications for a Senior Visiting Research Fellowship for 2017-18.

RAI Senior Visiting Research Fellowship

The Senior Visiting Research Fellowship (SVRF) provides an opportunity for a mid- to late-career academic to conduct research at the Rothermere American Institute, the foremost academic institution beyond America’s shores for teaching and research in US culture, history, literature and politics.

SVRFs pursue research on diverse aspects of American culture, history, literature and politics in Oxford’s libraries, including the Institute’s Vere Harmsworth Library, which holds outstanding collections of American materials. SVRFs are expected to use their time at the Institute to write books and articles, and to engage with the Institute’s lively community of scholars.

The SVRF is provided with a modern, fully equipped office with views of the RAI garden. The SVRF will 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 other libraries within the Bodleian Library system. The SVRF 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 period.

The SVRF will have the opportunity to become a member of the Senior Common Room of one of Oxford’s colleges, facilitating contacts with scholars from across the University. This membership will include limited College dining rights (a maximum of 3 lunches per week and 2 dinners per term plus use of the SCR). The RAI is unable to offer stipends, but provides the SVRF with a travel grant of up to £200 each term for research.

The Fellowship is tenable for a full academic year and is not renewable. Applications for periods of Fellowship of less than one year will be considered in exceptional circumstances. For dates of term, see

How to Apply:

An application consists of 4 elements:

A completed RAI Fellowship application form. This can be downloaded from
A curriculum vitae of no more than two pages
A one-page outline of the research to be undertaken during the Fellowship. This should include the title of the project(s) to be undertaken, a summary of the project, its research question and intellectual significance, as well as prospective publication plans.
Two academic references in support of the applicant, which must reach the Institute by the application deadline.
Full applications may be submitted either by email to or by post to the Fellowships Committee, Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UB.

The deadline is 30 January 2017. The selection committee reserves the right not to consider late or incomplete applications.