Fundraising Priorities

There are a number of ways in which you can support the Faculty of History.

As noted with the History Tomorrow Fund, the Faculty lists Graduate Scholarships and Outreach Activities in our recent appeals as key priorities.

There are a number of other priorities, shown below, which we can only achieve with your support.

Supporting Academic Posts

We are the largest department of history in the country and with specialists on periods from AD 300 to the present day and geographic regions spanning the globe, our depth and breadth is unrivalled. At a time when other universities are reducing the range of historical periods and themes they cover, the unparalleled scope of Oxford's expertise becomes all the more pivotal to advancing understanding of the world, both past and present.

It is essential to invest in bringing outstanding historians to Oxford to lead our teaching and research in all areas, yet our ability to refill academic posts once they become vacant has been severely hampered by current funding constraints. Faculty posts which will become vacant in the next five years include Professorial Chairs as well as University Lectureships. We must look for external support to help us to fill these posts and preserve our exceptional range and quality of historical expertise.

How you can help

  • Invest in cutting-edge research: a gift of £1000 plus gift aid from 32 donors will support an early-career research fellow for a year.
  • Support world-leading historians: a gift of £2500 plus gift aid will fund a week of teaching and research by a professor.

Support of Research Centres

We have a number of research centres which encourage intellectual exchange between leading historians and facilitate cutting-edge research. These offer many support opportunities.

How you can help

  • Support research events: £2,000 would sponsor a one-day conference with speakers from abroad
  • Enhance the spread of research: £500 would facilitate a seminar programme for a term.

General Support for Students

Encouraging and rewarding excellence at both undergraduate and graduate level is central to our academic mission. Your gift can help the Faculty nurture students' intellectual development and recognize their achievements by supporting prizes and awards for outstanding academic performance.

How you can help

  • Reward academic excellence: a gift of £100 plus gift aid from 8 people will fund an undergraduate prize.

Supporting the Tutorial System

At the heart of an Oxford History education lies the weekly tutorial. The tutorial system is the key to Oxford's academic mission, but is it also expensive. At present, Oxford heavily subsidises the cost of teaching each undergraduate, due to a funding gap of £8,500 between the real cost of educating a student and what is received from fees and government sources. The need to ensure that Oxford remains accessible to students of the highest ability from all socio-economic backgrounds, through extensive outreach activities and the provision of bursaries, means that this did not change significantly with the introduction of higher undergraduate fees from 2012. 

We are committed to retaining the tutorial system, but this will only be possible with the philanthropic support of those who share our steadfast belief that nurturing the most agile and able young minds of successive generations is a critical investment in the future. To safeguard the tutorial, the University has established the Teaching Fund, an initiative to fully endow tutorial posts in History, as well as in other subject areas, for the long term, through donations and matched funding from Oxford University Press. 

How you can help

  • Sponsor a tutorial: A gift of £280 (or £25 a month) plus gift aid will sponsor a history tutorial.
  • Preserve the tutorial system for the future: A gift of £7500 plus gift aid would endow a history tutorial in the long term.