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The Fell Fund is an internal Oxford University fund, which is open to academics and researchers at Oxford. Its purpose is to complement external research funding, for example by funding early-stage (or ‘pilot’) research that is not sufficiently developed to be submitted to an external funder. It is intended to foster a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly interdisciplinary fields.

The Fell Fund has three termly rounds of Main and Small Award applications. The deadline is 12noon on Wednesday of 0th week every term. Guidance on eligibility of applicants, types of awards, scope of funding and eligible costs is available on the University Fell Fund website.

All social sciences applications to the Fell Fund Main and Small Award schemes should be submitted via the online application form. Your application needs to be approved and submitted by your department, so you need to submit your application through the online application system well before the deadline. Please inform your department administrator or research contact when you have done this.

Divisional advice on the Fell Fund’s priorities and writing your case for support, is available as well, along with information about how decisions are made on Fell Fund applications in the Social Sciences Division.

Due to the large number of bids received, it is not possible for the University John Fell Committee to provide individual feedback on applications, but the Division is able to offer some feedback based on the review of applications at Divisional level. Please contact the SSD Fell Fund Coordinator.

In addition to the Main and Small Award schemes, the Division is allocated a separate annual funding stream; this is used to top-up the funding for social science small award applications, to support Divisional strategic initiatives, and for other targeted support, e.g. Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship matching funding. Decisions on how to use this allocation are made by the Divisional Planning and Resource Committee.


If you cannot find the information you require on the Fell Fund website or in the Divisional advice, or have further queries, please contact the SSD Fell Fund Coordinator (tel: 01865 (6)14872).