Grants and Research Funding

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Administrative procedures in respect of externally sponsored research

Members of the University are reminded that it is a requirement of the General Board that all applications for externally funded support must be endorsed on behalf of the University through the Research Services Office before they are dispatched to the sponsor, whether or not this is required by the funding body. (This includes, for example, bodies such as the Leverhulme Trust, and other charities and EC programmes which do not specifically ask for administrative authorisation.)

The reason for the requirement is twofold: namely (i) to ensure that the funds being requested are adequate for the purpose and the costing rules of the funding body have been applied correctly, and (ii) to ensure that the University would be in a position to undertake the obligations arising from an award and that these do not contravene University policy.

The detailed arrangements are as follows: applicants for research grants should submit their applications, together with a completed copy of the University's outside grant form (OG12), to Room 330, Research Services Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, telephone (2)70146—leaving three clear working days for them to be processed.

In connection with the acceptance of awards and signature of contracts it should be noted that Statutes, Tit. X, cl. 2, provides that `no official of the University or any other person employed by the University or working in or in connection with any department of or under the control of the University shall in connection with any invention, discovery, or patent, or ... process, or manufacture have authority to make any representations on behalf of the University or to enter into any contract on behalf of the University or to be concerned in any transaction whatsoever in connection therewith on behalf of the University except with the express consent of Council'.

The relevant officials in the Research Services Office have been given authority to approve applications for external funds in support of research and the terms of contracts in straightforward cases under this provision: in more complicated cases, specific authority is necessary.

Enquiries related to any aspect of externally sponsored research should be directed to the Research Services Office, whose staff would be pleased to help.

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Tokyo Exchange Scheme

Applications are invited from current graduate students who have good reason to wish to work at the University of Tokyo for one year. Two places to be taken up some time during the British academic year 1996–7 are expected to be available under the exchange scheme.

Candidates should belong either to the faculties of Oriental Studies, Modern History, English, Literae Humaniores, Mathematical Sciences, Music, Social Studies, or Anthropology and Geography, or to one of the following departments: Plant Sciences, Physics (Clarendon Laboratory, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics), Clinical Medicine, Zoology, Physiology, Materials, Social Anthropology, Computing Laboratory, Earth Sciences, Human Anatomy, Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, or Experimental Psychology.

The successful candidates will be nominated by the University of Tokyo for Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho) Scholarships, which would cover all travel, living, and educational expenses. The scholarship would not cover fees payable to the University of Oxford and candidates are strongly advised to check their continuing liability to pay Oxford University fees at an early stage. The University of Tokyo cannot guarantee that Monbusho Scholarships will be granted and successful candidates are advised to apply also to other sources, both British and Japanese, for financial support.

Applications must be received by the International Officer, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, not later than 24 November 1995. There is no application form; letters of application should include (1) a curriculum vitae and a statement of your knowledge (if any) of the Japanese language; (2) a description of the work you propose to undertake at the University of Tokyo; (3) details of any contact you have already had with Tokyo about your proposed attachment; (4) a letter from the head or senior tutor of your college authorising your application; (5) the name of your supervisor. The required level of proficiency in Japanese may vary according to the applicant's proposed field of research. Those interested in participating in the scheme, but in doubt as to their eligibility, should telephone the International Office ((2)70105).

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Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

Applications are invited from students studying for a graduate degree at the University of Oxford for the 1996–7 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, tenable at the University of Pennsylvania. Students who will by then have completed their programme of study at Oxford will not be eligible to apply. The scholarship is tenable for one academic year.

The scholarship may be held in any subject area available at the University of Pennsylvania. Information about programmes offered by the University of Pennsylvania may be consulted at the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, or at the University of Pennsylvania's World Wide Web address: http://www.upenn.edu.

It is expected that the value of the scholarship will be approximately £9,000. The scholarship holder will be required to pay to the University of Pennsylvania a graduate registration fee, student health service and health insurance fees, and to meet accommodation costs. The University of Pennsylvania will assist the scholarship-holder to find accommodation (both on and off campus is usually available).

Applications should be sent to the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70105), by 24 November 1995. There is no application form, but the following information should be provided: a brief description of the applicant's academic career; a brief description of the work the applicant proposes to undertake and details of any contact he or she has already had with the University of Pennsylvania; a letter from the head or senior tutor of the applicant's college authorising the application; the name of the applicant's supervisor.

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University of Brussels: Wiener-Anspach Awards 1996–7

The Trustees of the Wiener-Anspach Foundation, whose aim is to promote cultural relations between the University of Brussels and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, offer research fellowships in any subject, or postgraduate scholarships in law, economics, or political science, tenable in Brussels by graduates of Oxford or Cambridge universities (who need not have graduated at the time of application). Four awards are available to Oxford and Cambridge students for the academic year 1996–7. The scholarships are awarded for study leading to the postgraduate diploma in European Law or Economics or Political Science conferred by the Institute of European Studies of the University of Brussels. The value of the awards, whether fellowships or scholarships, will be at least 540,000 Belgian francs; fees are payable by the Foundation. Candidates must have a good knowledge of spoken and written French.

The scholarships are of particular interest to students who wish to study the European Union. The EU institutions are situated near the Institute of European Studies, and students are able to use their research facilities and to meet prominent people within the Commission. The Institute also organises expeditions to the European Parliament and the Court of Justice.

Application forms and further information may be obtained from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70134). Applications must be submitted by 1 December 1995.

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