Researcher Development


Every year the Humanities training team organises around 200 training courses, workshops and events for doctoral students and postdocs. The training team work closely with the team that support TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. The aim is to support activities under the ‘Researcher Development’ umbrella, covering the skills and professional development needs of doctoral students and postdocs.

Events include:

  • ‘What I wish someone had told me when I started: Reading for a DPhil in the Humanities’
  • Preparing for the DPhil Viva
  • Journal Article Publishing workshop
  • Organising conferences
  • Preparation for Academic Practice
  • Graduate Poster Competition
  • Public Engagement Summer Schools
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Humanities


In 2014, the Humanities Division established the AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund to fund graduate projects. (This comprises funding received through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Partnership Scheme for student-led projects, and funding from support TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.) 

Further information: 

Pathways and Training

Career Confidence

Initiatives and opportunities

  • CVs/covering letters/interviews workshops
  • Portfolio career workshops
  • International job market workshops
  • Doctoral Internship Programme (Careers Service)

Digital Humanities

Initiatives and opportunities

  • Pipedream to Project
  • Crowdsourcing for digital projects
  • Encoding text
  • IT Innovation Fund (IT Services)

Business and Entrepreneurship

Initiatives and opportunities

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship case studies (Said Business School Launchpad)
  • Said Business School VIEW programme
  • Humanities Innovation Challenge (Isis Innovation)


Initiatives and opportunities

  • Introduction to Heritage; Heritage and its Audiences
  • Best practice in the Heritage Sector; funding opportunities
  • Contribute to Trusted Source National Trust knowledge transfer project
  • Heritage internships (Careers Service)

Preparation for Academic Practice

Initiatives and opportunities

  • Introduction to the DPhil
  • Writing support initiatives (workshops; writing groups)
  • Preparing for the DPhil viva
  • AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund support for student-led initiatives; Student Peer Review College

Creative Industries

Initiatives and Opportunities (visit the Creative Industries page for more information)

  • Introduction to the Creative Industries landscape, and how Humanities research is relevant
  • The benefits of working with industry, including funding calls
  • Opportunities to meet professionals in the creative sector; network; receive tailored tips
  • Workplace skills masterclasses and creative careers advice (Careers Service)
  • Creative Industries internships and mentoring

Oxford students and postdocs

TORCH website:

On SharePoint (Log in required, using single sign-on credentials)

To book training courses:

Contact us:

Training Needs Analysis tool 

The Humanities Division’s Training Needs Analysis tool and Research Training log is available to students via the Training SharePoint site (Log in required, using single sign-on credentials)