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ORS AWARDS SCHEME 1996

The ORS Awards Scheme for Overseas Research Students, established by the Department for Education and administered by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals, provides awards for the partial remission of tuition fees to overseas postgraduate students registered for research degrees at UK academic institutions. The only criteria for the awards are outstanding merit and research potential; other factors, such as means, nationality, and proposed field will not be taken into account by the national ORS Committee. The value of each award is the difference between the 1996–7 university tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate student and the rate chargeable to an overseas postgraduate student for his/her particular course of study.

Further information and application material for the 1996 ORS Scheme at the University may be obtained from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)70134). The closing date for applications is 29 April.

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RIKKYO UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS 1997–8

Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan, is offering between two and four fellowships for overseas researchers to carry out joint research with members of Rikkyo's faculty or to pursue a specific research project. Professors, assistant professors, and lecturers engaged in research in the fields of humanities, social sciences, or the natural sciences are eligible to apply. Applicants must be under forty-five years of age on 1 April 1997. The award is tenable for between three and eight months and includes air fares and a maintenance grant of between 260,000 and 355,000 per month. The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 June 1996. Further information and application material may be obtained from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)70105).

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ROYAL BANK OF CANADA

Research Scholarships in Social Studies

An award, of a value of £1,000, is available to a graduate student of the University to enable him/her to undertake research outside the United Kingdom in either banking economics, or international relations, with special reference to Canada.

Applications, stating what the candidate would hope to achieve if the application were successful, and indicating the candidate's college, course, and supervisor, should be sent by 12 April to the Administrative Secretary, Social Studies Faculty Centre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL.

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UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Institute for German Studies in co-operation with the Felix Thyssen Stiftung

Scholarships for doctoral candidates in the field of economics

Applicants for these scholarships are welcomed from all areas of the discipline. The deadline is 31 March. The institute is particularly interested in comparative research projects, which investigate macro- or microeconomic behaviour in the British and German economies, where appropriate in the context of the European integration process. Applicants wishing to pursue monetary analysis, taxation and labour market issues, industrial or regional economic analysis are particularly welcomed, but candidates with plans to work on other areas associated with Germany are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have excellent qualifications in economics, preferably with both an undergraduate and a master's degree. Training in the German language can be provided. The institute, a joint initiative of the German Academic Exchange Service and the University of Birmingham, was established in 1994. It has its own purpose- designed building, a specialist library, and work-stations for postgraduate students and offers first-class conditions for research. The scholarships of around £8,000 per annum include fees, subsistence expenses, and travel budgets.

For further information contact Dr Jens Hölscher (telephone: 0121-414 7339, e-mail: j.hoelscher@bham.ac.uk). Application forms can be obtained from Miss Jane Parker, Institute for German Studies, the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (telephone: 0121-414 7128, fax: 0121-414 7329).

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