Oxford Grants

In recognition of the lengthy association between the University of Oxford and the University of Canterbury, a reciprocal visitor exchange programme between the two universities entitled the Oxford/Canterbury Academic Exchange Programme was established in 2002, with the first visits occurring in 2003. The association between the two universities dates back to the design of the University of Canterbury's town site, the donation of books to College House, and a series of distinguished Oxford visitors to Canterbury over the years. The goal of the Oxford/Canterbury Exchange Programme, which is primarily administered by the University of Canterbury, is to build on the academic links that have already been developed and to benefit the students and staff of both universities by funding the regular visits of academic staff members. While visiting the exchange university, staff members will participate in teaching, seminars and academic meetings, as agreed with the hosting department, in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas and expertise with staff and students at the exchange university. The exchange also creates opportunities for joint research and encourages the exchange of publications and academic materials. 

The purpose of Oxford Fellowships at Oxford (Grants) is to enable University of Canterbury staff members to increase their knowledge in their academic disciplines so as to better enable them to teach subjects to UC students.

Up to three Oxford Grants are awarded each year. Nominations from eligible schools/departments are assessed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic on a competitive basis. Applications are typically called for each February with a closing date of the end of April/early May. Applicants can expect to be notified of the outcome of the nomination process in August/September.

Please note that applications for Oxford Grants were not open in 2021 for travel in 2022, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on international travel. The Erskine Programme Office hopes to re-open applications in 2022 for travel in 2023. All regulations, criteria and application forms are available on the UC Staff Intranet.

Please contact the Erskine Programme Office at erskine@canterbury.ac.nz if you have any questions.

For a full list of grant recipients

go to our grants honour roll