Social Sciences Engagement Fellowships

Social Sciences Engagement Fellowships

Are you a researcher in the social sciences keen to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with public, policy, or business partners?

The Social Sciences Engagement Fellowships scheme enables social sciences researchers to spend funded time embedded with or visiting non-academic partners (outward), or for practitioners from those organisations to spend time embedded with a team/department at Oxford (inward).

Given the ongoing restrictions, we acknowledge that the normal inward/outward fellowship model may not be feasible. We have relaxed the parameters of this scheme and encourage applications including novel forms of engagement with stakeholders, that allow for researchers to dedicate time for creative virtual engagement with partners or stakeholder groups. 

Funding of up to £20,000 is available to support staff time to enable the exchange of learning, ideas, and experiences with partners to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes, impacts and ongoing partnerships.

For public and community engagement and business engagement proposals: we particularly welcome proposals for innovative projects working with

  • Public-facing or community organisations, such as community-led initiatives, charities, social enterprises, local authorities, or arts partners, and
  • Projects working with business and industry partners, such as private sector organisations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), social enterprises, industry bodies, or other industrial network organisations

Guidance and how to apply

Download the latest Call Guidance and Case for Support template from Sharepoint.

Please submit your application via IRAMS.

For support and to discuss potential project ideas please contact We are also happy to review application drafts and give feedback before submission. 


The next deadline for applications will be 29th November 2021. Please check back later in the summer for further details.