OPEN Fellowships 2022: Call for applications

Closing date Monday 10 October 2022. For a downloadable version of this call click here.


About the OPEN Fellowships

Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) Fellowships enable researchers and public policy professionals to work closely together on a sustained project that strengthens the contribution of academic evidence and expertise to policy communities. Fellowships are available for academic and research staff from the University of Oxford to work closely with, or in, an organisation in the policymaking community, and for policy professionals to work closely with, or embedded within, a University department or faculty.

Fellowships of up to £20,000 foster collaboration between research and policy partners to:

  • Enable researchers and policymakers to share evidence and support its use in decision-making;
  • Improve researchers’ and policymakers’ understanding of how research can inform policymaking, and develop the skills to catalyse that process; and
  • Broaden and deepen the networks of both partners.

This scheme is supported by the University’s Higher Education Innovation Fund award. Fellowships can last up to 8.5 months, starting no earlier than 14 November 2022. All project activity mustbe completed and funding spent by 31 July 2023.

Academics and researchers from any department or faculty at the University can apply. Those with college-only contracts must apply via a faculty or department. DPhil students can apply if they will have submitted their thesis and be awaiting examination at the point their project will commence.

The career stage of previous OPEN Fellows has ranged from DPhil students awaiting examination through to Associate Professors. Applications from those new to, or experienced in, policy engagement are equally welcome.

Policy professionals who would like to undertake an OPEN Fellowship but who do not have a research partner, and researchers who would be interested in hosting an incoming Fellow, should contact the Policy Engagement Team.

All applications must include at least one non-academic policy partner organisation.

Applications are made using the Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS).

Applicants should follow the guidance below, and are encouraged to consult their departmental research support team in the first instance, not least to ensure they comply with any departmental eligibility criteria, approval processes, or guidelines. Questions regarding the scheme in general, application process, and eligibility, should be addressed to

To discuss ideas for a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant divisional contact within the Policy Engagement Team to arrange a consultation.




Jessie Simkiss,

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Jess Hedge,

Medical Sciences

Martin Christlieb,

Social Sciences & GLAM

Will Pryor,

 Deadline: 12:00 BST, 10 October 2022

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