Students enrolled on a doctoral programme or scholars pursuing post-doctoral research in or near Oxford can apply for an OCCA Doctoral Fellowship. Doctoral Fellowships can provide termly stipends, intellectual mentorship from OCCA’s faculty, and spiritual formation through participation in the missional and devotional life of our community.

Please note that an OCCA Doctoral Fellowship is a means of support for an already enrolled doctoral student or post-doctoral scholar and is not itself a doctoral programme. 



The Purpose

The OCCA’s evangelistic vision has always been tightly bound up with a concern for academic excellence. To support doctoral students and their research is therefore a natural extension of our established values. The work of academics profoundly shapes culture, influencing the way reality and Christian claims are perceived. The task of encouraging and nurturing scholars who engage their fields with integrity is thus a pivotal one for any serious, long-term attempt to communicate Christ with credibility.

Our Support

We offer support to Doctoral Fellows in a number of ways:

  • A possible stipend up to £1,000 per term to contribute towards living and research costs.
  • Being part of the OCCA academic community where you will receive discipleship and mentoring.
  • Evangelistic opportunities with local churches/organisations and participation in OCCA missions.
  • Involvement in weekly worship and discipleship groups.
  • Access to OCCA lectures as desired.


Only applicants who match the criteria below will be considered for OCCA Doctoral Fellowships.

  • Applicants must be due to start or be already undertaking doctoral or post-doctoral research at a university, and be living in or near Oxford. Please note that an OCCA Doctoral Fellowship is a means of support for an already enrolled doctoral student or post-doctoral scholar and is not itself a doctoral programme. 
  • Applicants must have a serious, committed, personal faith in Jesus Christ. They should be concerned not just with academic skill but with growth in character and Christian maturity.
  • Applicants must live within an easy travel distance to the OCCA so they can partake in the community every week.
  • Applications are welcomed from a wide range of research backgrounds, not only philosophy and theology. Applicants must be evangelistically minded and see serious implications in their work for apologetic/evangelistic issues. They must be reflective about how their Christian beliefs and practice interact with the methods and issues present in their chosen field.
  • Applicants must be willing to give up to 6 hours per term of tutorial support to OCCA one year students.
  • Applicants must be in sympathy with the aims, ethos and work of the OCCA.


2021 Applications

The OCCA is not taking applications for the 2021/22 academic year or doctoral fellowships at this time.
We are reviewing our course offering and will announce further details once these have been confirmed.