Grants and Research Funding

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The British Council

Academic research collaboration programmes with Belgium

Academic research collaboration programmes have been established between the Nationaal Fonds Voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NFWO) and the British Council, and the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, the French Community of Belgium, and the British Council.

The programmes aim to promote the development of scientific and cultural co-operation between higher education and public sector research institutions in Great Britain and Belgium via the establishment of collaborative projects in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

The programme between the NFWO and the British Council is aimed towards collaboration between British and Flemish research institutions, while the programme between the FNRS and the British Council is aimed towards collaboration between British and French Community of Belgium research institutions. Grants are provided for the travel and subsistence costs only of exchange visits, which must be an essential part of the collaborative project. A maximum of three visits in each direction may be applied for with a total stay of no more than six weeks in each country.

Funding will normally be granted for one year initially, with the possibility of applying for a further year's extension in competition with new applications. The value of the award for international travel is a standard sum of £165/BF10,000, and the cost of subsistence and accommodation for members is expected to be £40/BF2,500 per day (or £250/BF15,000 per week).

Further details on the scheme and application forms are available from the Research Grants Office (telephone: (2)70146). The closing date for applications is 15 January.

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George Herbert Hunt Travelling Scholarship 1996

This scholarship is offered every second year for award without examination to a person who either has been admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine of the University or has passed the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine of the University and holds a medical degree of another British university qualifying him or her to practise medicine.

The scholarship is of the value of about £2,800 and may be held with another award.

Candidates are required to submit with their applications a statement of their academic record together with testimonials, and an undertaking that, if elected, they will travel abroad for a period of at least one month for the purpose of clinical study or research in medicine. In making the award, preference will be given to such candidates as express the intention of engaging in the practice of their profession as surgeons or as general practitioners.

The scholar is required to complete his or her period of travel within twelve months from the date of election, and within a reasonable period thereafter to submit to the Senior Assistant Registrar of the Medical School for the approval of of the electors a detailed report of his or her tenure of the scholarship.

Payment of nine-tenths of a scholarship is made to scholars on their signifying their readiness to proceed abroad, and the remaining one- tenth on the approval of their reports by the electors.

The next election will be made on 6 April 1996.

Candidates must submit their applications to the Medical School Offices, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU, on or before 28 February.

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Trapnell Fund for Environmental Field Research in Africa 1996

Applications are invited for grants of up to approximately £5,000 for support of field-based research concerned with the African environment. Applicants should be graduates of African or British universities who have a working association with Oxford University. Preference will be given to those who are, or will be, working for a research degree of Oxford University, but applicants holding postdoctoral positions would also be considered. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 March. Further particulars may be obtained from Mrs Judith Browne, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, to whom applications should sent.

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Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

The Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851 offer each year a number of studentships and fellowships `to increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry'. The commissioners, based in London, have given notice of two of the annual competitions, and details are provided below. Details of a third competition are expected to be available from the end of January, but those of the 1995 competition are provided below.

Royal Commission Industrial Fellowships

Up to six Industrial Fellowships are offered for selected graduates with good degrees in engineering or science. A fellow will be required to work in British industry on a project of prospective commercial significance which may entail research, design, product or process innovation, or any combination of these and other technical activities essential for success in industry. The fellow will be required simultaneously to establish a close working relationship with a British university via a nominated member of the academic staff, with the object of focusing resources in the educational establishment on the project and stimulating relevant work there. Together with the industrial line manager, the member of the academic staff will provide supervision, with the particular object of ensuring that the work undertaken, or an extract from it, is fitted whenever possible for submission for a higher degree.

Fellows will normally take up their appointment within two years of graduation, although applications are also sought from graduates who may be of somewhat greater seniority or who, having entered the commercial, financial, or academic worlds wish to return to mainstream technological work in industry. The tenure of a fellowship will be two or three years. The awards are intended to attract the most able candidates and provide for a competitive salary, the costs of travel, university fees, and a grant to the university supervisor.

There are no application forms for these awards. Applicants, who should be British nationals, resident in the United Kingdom, are invited to submit to the commission their curriculum vitae together with a proposal setting out the title of their proposed programme of work, its principal milestones, and the specific objective envisaged as marking its successful completion.

Prospective applicants are advised that the commissioners will attach importance to the quality and clarity of the proposals they receive. Indeed the preparation of an application, entailing prior negotiation with the industrial company and university concerned, is seen as a significant test of initiative in the selection process. The closing date is 25 January. Further details may be obtained from C.E. Willis, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford (telephone: (2)70193).

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1851 Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering

The scheme of 1851 Research Fellowships is intended to give a few young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity for conducting research for a further period of two years. Candidates in science subjects must be in possession of a doctoral degree, or in the final stages of their doctoral studies which must be successfully completed before the provisional award of a fellowship will be confirmed. Candidates offering engineering must be at least of postgraduate standing, and the commissioners will take account of appropriate university and industrial experience. The fellowships are open to candidates in any of the physical or biological sciences, in mathematics, in applied sciences, or in any branch of engineering. Candidates in mathematics (including applied mathematics) and the pure sciences who wish to transfer into engineering or a branch of applied science are particularly encouraged to apply for consideration.

Fellowship stipend is currently £13,941 for the first year's tenure, and £14,756 for the second year. In addition a London weighting is payable in appropriate cases, and an enhanced stipend may be payable to cover contributions to a personal pension scheme.

The commissioners propose to make available for award six fellowships in each year, the actual numbers awarded to be at their discretion. A candidate must be a citizen of the British Commonwealth or of the Republics of Ireland, Pakistan, or South Africa. A candidate's age should preferably be less than thirty years on 1 March of the year in which his application is received, but the commissioners reserve the right to admit a candidate whose age is thirty or more if in their opinion there are special circumstances to justify such a course.

Candidates must be recommended by professors or heads of departments of universities or other institutions of equivalent status in the United Kingdom. A fellowship may be held at any institution at home or abroad approved by the commissioners, who will express a strong preference for candidates who wish to work at a university or institution other than the one at which he or she had completed his/her studies. A conversion fellowship for mathematicians and pure scientists should preferably be held at an institution other than a university. Recommendations must be made on the prescribed form.

The closing date is 23 February. Please note that the closing date will be vigorously adhered to. The appointments to the fellowship will be made during June. Further details and an application from may be obtained from C.E. Willis, University Offices, Wellington Square Oxford (telephone: (2)70193).

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Royal Commission Industrial Design Studentships

Up to six Industrial Design Studentships are offered for selected graduates with a good grounding in engineering or science who wish to develop their capabilities in industrial design. Applicants must be British nationals, resident in the United Kingdom, and intending to make a career in British industry. They will be expected to have a good degree in an appropriate subject and to be intending to read for a qualification in industrial design, and to this end they will be expected to have obtained admission to an appropriate postgraduate course in a university or similar institution, or a similar course in which such an institution is linked to a college of art. These may be in this country or overseas.

Normally candidates should be twenty-one or twenty-two, but exceptionally an older candidate may be considered. The duration of the studentships will match that of the particular course to be undertaken up to a maximum of two years. In making these awards the object of the commissioners is to help stimulate awareness of the importance of industrial design among the country's most able graduates. An attractive support package is therefore offered. In 1994–5 this comprised all tuition fees, a stipend of £7,000 per annum, and an annual allowance of £600 towards the cost of materials required for the course. Travel expenses may also be payable.

There are no application forms for these awards. Applicants are invited to submit their curriculum vitae and to indicate the course they propose to undertake (and to which they will have secured admission), the basis for their interest in industrial design, and the benefits they hope to derive from their further studies. Prospective applicants are advised that the commissioners will attach importance to the quality and clarity of the proposals they receive. Indeed the preparation of an application is seen as an initial test of initiative in the selection process.

The closing date for 1996 has yet to be notified. As a guide, last year's closing date was 26 April. Further details may be obtained from C.E. Willis, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford (telephone: (2)70193).

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