Founded in the late 15th century, Oxford University Press (OUP) is the world’s largest university press. Oxford University Press USA, a department of the University of Oxford, is a not-for-profit publisher devoted to furthering the university’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. Since accessible materials clearly support this mission, OUP USA offers course materials that generally cost students significantly less than those offered by commercial publishers as a result of our not-for-profit status and financial discipline.
While OUP’s primary purpose is to pursue the university’s educational mission through its global publishing, we do derive a surplus from our publishing activities and a proportion of any annual surplus is used for the funding of scholarships, funding for early stage researchers, the refurbishment of libraries, and purchase of additional resources for them, and the development of new facilities.
Oxford University Press has funded hundreds of yearly scholarships that make an Oxford University education possible for students who could not otherwise afford it. There have been more than 250 world-class scholars from over 40 countries studying at Oxford University, including many from the United States, most of whom would not have been able to study at Oxford without financial support.
Specific projects funded by OUP include:
A flagship program at the University, the Clarendon Fund is a major graduate scholarship, which has enabled over 1000 international scholars, who represent the elite academic candidates of their generation, to undertake graduate studies at Oxford.
The John Fell OUP Research Fund provides start-up and seed support for University researchers. Named after John Fell, the father of the modern press, its mission is to foster a proactive approach to research across all subject areas. It has so far provided backing for hundreds of projects ranging from creating a prototype set of glasses that help visually impaired people see, to a study of ‘dark energy’ that drives the acceleration of the universe.