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The Gil Loescher Memorial Fund has been established to support the costs of original research on any topic related to refugees and forced displacement by a graduate student (Masters or DPhil) at the University of Oxford. This fund is now open for applications.


Awards will be for up to £2000, and eligible costs include travel, subsistence, and data collection costs in any region of the world. 

The Fund will support research with a connection to refugees or forced displacement, ideally with policy relevance. 

All graduate students at the University are eligible to apply, although priority will be given to applicants from the Global South and/or with lived experience of displacement.  

Applications can made once per year (deadline 15th May).

Applicants should submit 1) a 2-page outline of their proposed research with indicative budget, explaining why the funding will make a difference; 2) a short CV of up to 2-pages; 3) arrange for a reference to be provided by their academic supervisor in support of the application. Applications should be sent to 


Professor Gil Loescher was one of the world's leading researchers on the politics and international relations of refugee protection. He taught and undertook research at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford for more than two decades. He had an illustrious career in which his many books and articles shaped the policies and practices of the UN Refugee Agency, as well as governments and NGOs around the world. 

The Gil Loescher Memorial Fund was set up to honour Gil's memory by his wife Ann, his friends and colleagues, and the Refugee Studies Centre.