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The Oxford Policy Exchange Network (OPEN), is a new University-wide initiative designed to support policy engagement. It is supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and managed by the Social Sciences Division.

OPEN Policy Fellowships

Applications are welcomed from University of Oxford researchers from any discipline

Expressions of Interest are sought for a new University-wide competitive knowledge exchange scheme to support the development of mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers and policymakers. The Fellowships are supported by OPEN - the Oxford Policy Exchange Network, a new University initiative designed to support policy engagement.

As governments come under increasing pressure for political accountability, there is an increased demand for evidence-based policy derived from the insights of ‘expert’ research. The aims of this Fellowship scheme are:

- To build partnerships with a view to shaping the policy agenda in global, national, and regional contexts
- To improve or support evidence-based policymaking
- To develop and sustain strategic relationships with key policymakers
- To improve and diversify the breadth of policy engagement at Oxford through policy partnerships

Fellowship proposals could take several forms, including (but not limited to):

- developing new and growing existing relationships with policymakers
- exploring possibilities for collaboration
- developing partnerships with policymakers
- co-designing projects that answer policy problems
- co-developing research questions and potential new research proposals

Fellowships can be outgoing (researchers spending time with an external organisation related to policy) or incoming (with policymakers spending time at Oxford) or a mutual exchange. Fellowship holders will receive peer support and guidance before, throughout, and after the project as part of a cohort of Fellows.


There is a total of £100K available for this scheme. The maximum amount per Fellowship award is £25K. Funding can be spent between 01 October 2018 and 31 July 2019. No extensions will be possible. This funding is not for primary research.

How to apply

Expression of Interest Form (Word)

Call for Expressions of Interest (PDF)

Express your interest by completing this form and return this via your departmental research support officer/facilitator or departmental administrator to by 5pm, 20  July 2018.

After an initial review, eligible EOI’s will be invited to submit full-stage applications, which will be due in September 2018 (exact timing TBC).


If you would like support with developing an application, or have any queries about the scheme, please contact