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News | 4th April 2023

Call for Applications: The Ignacio Ellacuría MPhil Thesis Grant 2023

Key Details

Transdisciplinary Research

The Laudato Si’ Research Institute is offering two grants (maximum £1,500 each) towards costs incurred for MPhil thesis research on socio-ecological challenges.

In order to be eligible for funding, the research much address a contemporary socio-ecological problem in an integrated way. It must:

  1. Be transdisciplinary in its methodology, bridging at least two disciplines across the Natural Sciences, the Social Sciences or the Humanities, facilitating a systemic way of addressing the socio-environmental challenge identified. 
  2. Respond to the specific needs of a local community or group that has been experiencing socio-environmental harm.

The Ignacio Ellacuría MPhil Thesis Grant is open to MPhil students across all departments and faculties at the University of Oxford who are undertaking primary data collection for their thesis. The grant must be used for the costs of empirical research (including travel, data collection and other fieldwork-related expenses) and not to cover tuition fees or living expenses in Oxford. For students in the Humanities, the grant can also be used for original archival research or for a trip that is necessary to allow this to take place. 

How to apply

To apply, please send the following documents by email to Ms Harriet David (

  1. A 1,000 word research proposal that indicates clearly how your thesis research fulfils the above criteria
  2. A one-page budget proposal that justifies the amount of funding requested
  3. A brief statement of support from your MPhil thesis supervisor (this can be an email forwarded along with the research and budget proposals)

Deadline for application: Monday 15 May 9am. A small panel will be convened to consider applications and a decision will be made by 19 May.

Further information about the IE Mphil Thesis Grant can be found here.