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Can I do RSP part-time?
Yes, depending on the circumstance it may be possible to do RSP part-time.
Can I do RSP alongside my degree?
In unusual circumstances, possibly. It depends both on how closely related your studies are to the work you would undertake on RSP and on the rules of your institution or department.
Can I do RSP remotely?
Legally, all research scholars must be resident in the UK during their contract. In normal times, we expect scholars to attend the office for an average of three days a week, so in some cases it may be possible to live outside of Oxford itself. Doing RSP entirely remotely is not possible.
Does each of my proposals have to fit into a different FHI research area?
No, you do not need to write your proposals in separate research areas. Showing breadth of ideas and approaches will be an advantage, but this doesn’t have to mean choosing different research areas.
If I get accepted, will I have to follow through on my research proposals?
No. Some successful applicants may choose to research the proposals they submitted, but others will strike out into different areas.
Do research scholars have to specialise in a single research area?
No, there is no expectation that research scholars specialise. Some scholars do so, and dive deeply into a set of related questions. Others find it more useful to try many different approaches and fields.
I already know I don’t want to be a researcher. Can I still apply?
Yes. We think RSP is a good opportunity for some people who intend to go into non-research roles, where macrostrategic considerations are still of importance to this work. For instance, people who plan to go into policy, grant-making or community-building may be a good fit for RSP. All scholars will be expected to spend some time doing research, so if you have no interest in conducting research the programme won’t be a good fit for you.
My degree isn’t in a technical subject. Can I still apply?
The requirement for a degree in a technical subject is a soft one. While we expect most of the research scholars we accept will have a technical background, and think that there are important skills that come with such experience, it is also possible that candidates with other backgrounds will be a good fit. Social scientists, historians and philosophers might all be a good fit, along with students from some other disciplines.
I didn’t get a first. Can I still apply?
There is no requirement for applicants to receive a first class degree. We expect competition will be high, so the chances for people without a first may be a bit lower, but such candidates are still eligible.
Can I apply to RSP if I am not a British citizen?
Yes. We have capacity to submit visa applications, and international candidates are eligible for the position.
Are research scholars paid?
Yes, all research scholars are fully remunerated for the duration of their two-year contract.