The Baillie Gifford Scholarship Programme

The University of Oxford is delighted to partner with Baillie Gifford through its generous funding of graduate scholarships and mentoring opportunities in the Humanities. 

Baillie Gifford is an investment firm wholly owned by its partners and headquartered in Edinburgh.  This enlightened employer places great value in the education provided to Humanities students and has a track record of recruiting graduates from the Humanities at Oxford.  Baillie Gifford offers a number of internship and graduate positions annually, more information can be found here

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Baillie Gifford & Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Scholarships

The Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership offers doctoral supervision alongside skills training for students, and encourages collaboration, research and public engagement with institutions outside the Higher Education sector.

From academic year 2019/20 Baillie Gifford will jointly fund with the AHRC four doctoral studentships a year for three years at Oxford.  Please visit here for more information about the scholarships and how to apply.

Baillie Gifford Writing Partnership

The Baillie Gifford Writing Partnership Programme is a new initiative that builds on the success of previous and existing co-working opportunities in the Humanities Division. The aim of the Programme is to encourage and support productive, creative writing habits as a research-related skill and to facilitate new opportunities for peer mentoring. The programme coordinator connects Master’s, DPhil, and postdoctoral researchers by pairing up researchers for regular writing meet-ups. Matchings are made according to individuals’ preferences for timing, frequency, and location, as well as their research interests, career stage, and other peer-support or health-related priorities. Feedback from the first term’s cohort suggests that simply sharing one’s goals with someone else for timed, focused, quietly companionable writing sessions can make a significant difference to how reliably scholarly writing projects are completed, and how painless the writing process can be.

The programme’s characteristics are:

  • Personalised and anonymised matching of writing partners, taking into account preferred writing environment, as well as preferred frequency and timing of meet-ups and other requests
  • A termly ‘orientation session’ in which the aims, principles, and practicalities of writing partnerships are introduced and explored
  • Access to resources to facilitate healthy writing habits, including writing tips and reading suggestions
  • Optional writing breakfasts and bootcamps to instil healthy writing habits more intensively, in the company of other members of the Writing Partnerships community
  • Encouragement of strategic planning, mutual accountability, and peer mentoring via the creation of a community in which writing is demystified and challenges and successes shared

For more information about the Writing Partnerships Programme or for interest in taking part please email or call Caroline Thurston, +44 (0) 1865 280566.

Personal Development Workshops and Training

Baillie Gifford runs a number of workshops through the year and students are more than welcome to join and meet with their representatives to discuss transferrable skills and the value of a Humanities degree. These include, for example, the recent Smart People Work Everywhere workshop

Upcoming events will be listed.  Please contact Caroline Thurston, +44 (0) 1865 280566.


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