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About the Scholarship

Somerville College and The Ethox Centre have established two new Annual Visiting Scholarships to provide opportunities to spend time researching at the University of Oxford.

The Scholarships are aimed at supporting early career researchers from Black ethnic backgrounds, ordinarily resident in the UK, to pursue an academic career. Please note that ‘early career’ refers to career path, rather than age or specific qualifications and could, for example, include those who are recently graduated, still studying at post-graduate level, changing careers, returning after a career break or moving from industry to academia.

This initiative aims to tackle the disproportionately low representation of Black researchers in UK academia and at Oxford in particular.

Visiting Scholarships will be awarded each year to researchers with an interest in bioethics (including related disciplines such as philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology). 

The Scholars will spend four weeks based at Somerville College and the Ethox Centre and will conduct research on a topic related to the research programmes of the Ethox Centre. They will benefit from the supervision and feedback of Ethox research staff and will have access to the libraries and research facilities of the University of Oxford. They will also have the opportunity to attend weekly seminars and work in progress meetings, as well as talks and events across the University. During their visit, Scholars will be expected to give a presentation on their research at one of the Ethox Centre’s weekly research seminars.

Each Scholarship includes four weeks’ accommodation, including all meals, at Somerville College and a contribution of up to £2,000 to assist with travel and research costs.

How to apply

Applications to the Somerville-Ethox Visiting Scholarship are currently open. The deadline for applications is noon on Wednesday, 4 August 2021.

Applicants for the scholarships will normally hold at least an undergraduate degree relevant to bioethics (including related disciplines such as philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology) with evidence of current or emerging research in these fields.

Candidates will normally be at an early academic career stage. This refers to their career path, rather than age or specific qualifications and could, for example, include those who are recently graduated, still studying at post-graduate level, changing careers, returning after a career break or moving from industry to academia.

The scholarships are open to applicants from Black and Mixed Black ethnic backgrounds who are ordinarily resident in the UK and you will be asked to confirm that you identify as such as part of the application process. Please note that eligibility for the Scholarships is also subject to having a right to work in the UK as benefits are offered with the association.

The exact timing of the visits will be agreed with successful candidates. It is hoped that the first scholars will be announced by September 2021, with arrival dates in the academic year 21-22

Full details of the Scholarship, benefits and how to apply are published on Somerville College website.