Grants and Research Funding

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British Council: support for collaborative research

UK–Dutch Joint Research Programme

The British Council, in collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), runs a UK–Dutch Joint Scientific Research Programme to stimulate scientific and academic collaboration between higher education isntitutions in the two countries. The programme encompasses all fields of academic research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Proposals for collaborative work or for preparatory visits for collaborative work will be considered. Awards will provide travel and subsistence costs only. The duration of the visits may be up to two months.

For further information and application forms, British applicants should contact the British Council (for the attention of the Head of Exchanges and Information), Keizergracht 343, 1016 EH Amsterdam, The Netherlands (telephone: 00 31 20 622 3644, fax: 00 31 20 620 7389).

Dutch applicants should contact the NWO directly.

The deadlines for applications are 31 January 1996 and 30 June 1996.

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Britain–Norway Joint Research Projects

The British Council and the Norwegian Research Council have set up a joint fund to promote collaborative research between British and Norwegian universities. The fund provides travel and subsistence costs for exchange visits that are an essential part of the initial or middle phases of such research projects. Grants will not normally exceed £4,000 per project.

Applications have been invited for grants to support exchange visits between April 1996 and March 1997. Proposals may be in any field of the sciences, social sciences or the humanities. For further information and application forms, British applicants should contact the British Council (BB), Fridtjof Nansens plass 5, 0160 Oslo, Norway.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 1996.

British–Polish Joint Research Collaboration Programme 1996–7

The British Council and the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN) have invited proposals under a bilateral programme to promote collaboration between scientific groups in Great Britain and Poland. Applicants should be from HEIs or research institutes and proposals will be accepted in the fields of pure and applied sciences (but not the humanities). For 1996–7, applications in the areas of agriculture; biotechnology; electronics; engineering; environmental sciences; management of science and research; materials science and new technologies; and medical sciences are particularly encouraged.

Financial support for travel and living costs is available, up to a maximum of £2,500 per annum. Projects are expected to be of two to three years' duration, with reciprocal visits each year. Applications will be judged on scientific merit, mutual benefit and the intention to develop long-term links.

Further details are available from the British Council (for the attention of Ms Malgorzata Dors), Al. Jerozolimskie 59, 00-697 Warszawa, Poland (telephone: 00 48 2 628 7401/2/3, fax: 00 48 2 621 9955).

The closing date for applications is 31 January 1996.

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Royal Society: postdoctoral visits to Japan

The Royal Society is inviting applications from UK postdoctoral workers for visits to Japan of between 10 days' and 3 months' duration. The purpose of these visits shoul be to exchange ideas and information, acquire new techniques or to carry out research. Successful candidates will receive the cost of an Apex airfare to Japan, together with a contribution towards travel and subsistence costs.

Further details are available from the Royal Society, International Exchanges Section, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG (telephone: 0171-839 5561, ext. 2557, fax: 0171-925 2620).

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BMW Scientific Award 1997

The 1997 BMW Scientific Award competition is open to students who have completed and submitted, or who will complete and submit, a doctoral or master's degree thesis, or other dissertation, in the period 1 January 1995 to 31 December 1996 in fields relevent to transport and mobility. The competition aims to find novel concepts, innovative technologies or systems which will help to maintain mobility in the future. In 1997, the competition will concentrate on the theme of `Sustainable Mobility—maintaining mobility in harmony with mankind and the environment'. Awards are available for the best theses in this category.

Further details of the competition and copies of the application forms are available from the Research Services Office (telephone: (2)70146).

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Asahi Fellowship Program 1996

The Asahi Fellowship Program provides promising scholars, journalists, artists and others with an opportunity to spend a year in Japan to develop their academic or professional expertise, as well as their personal knowledge of Japan. A total of up to 15 million (£92k) is available to support two to four fellowships, to begin in September 1996. The amount granted to each successful fellow will depend on the scope of the individual's research plans. Each fellow will also be provided with economy-class air travel to and from Japan.

Applicants should be non-Japanese and should be of at least graduate level; for academic research proposals, the candidate should also hold a doctoral degree, or equivalent academic experience, in the relevant field. The programme of research or study proposed should be such as could not be undertaken other than in Japan. Applicants who have lived for an extended period in Japan, or who are already due to go to Japan for training, study or research are not eligible for awards under this scheme.

Further details can be obtained from the Research Services Office (telephone: (2)70146). The closing date for applications is 29 February 1996.

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Denyer and Johnson Travelling Fellowship 1996

Applications are invited for the Travelling Fellowship supported by the Denyer and Johnson Fund, which is offered from time to time for the encouragement of the study of theology. Travelling Fellows unless specially exempted are required to spend at least three months in study abroad. Candidates must be members of the University who on the first day of October 1995 were under forty years of age, and either (a) have qualified by examination for any degree of the University, or (b) are members of Congregation. The Travelling Fellowship may not be awarded to the same person twice.

The value of the fellowship will be £2,000 or such other sum, either less than or in excess of this amount, as may be determined by the Board of the Faculty of Theology in relation both to the fellow's other emoluments and to the travelling and subsistence expenses which the fellow expects to incur.

Candidates should apply in writing to the Secretary to the Board of the Faculty of Theology, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, and should (a) state the nature of their qualifications as candidates, i.e. by age and by Oxford degrees held or as members of Congregation; (b) give a brief summary of their academic record; (c) state the course of study they would pursue if elected, giving an estimate of expenses which would be incurred, and details of any other assistance expected to be received; (d) submit the names of not more than two referees. Applications should be marked `Denyer and Johnson Travelling Fellowship' and must not later than 1 February.

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Scholarships for study in Germany

Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship

Applications are invited from members of the University for the Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is tenable for ten months from 1 October 1996 at any university, technical university, or art or music academy (at the choice of the successful candidate) in Germany, and may be extended at the discretion of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. The successful candidate must undertake research or other academic work in a field of his or her own choice.

The scholar will receive a monthly maintenance grant and remission of university or institution fees and dues (but he or she will have to pay a compulsory Student's Union fee). A small grant will be paid at the beginning of the award period to cover incidental expenses and the scholar will be entitled to a small book grant each term. An additional grant will be paid to assist with travel expenses. A scholar who is married before taking up the award will receive an additional allowance, if accompanied by his or her partner. The scholarship is not tenable concurrently with any other travelling award. It should be noted that the scholarship does not include payment of any Oxford fees for which the scholar may be liable while he or she is in Germany. Candidates who hold British Academy studentships may however apply for suspension of their awards and suspension of status to enable them to take up the scholarship if elected.

Candidates for the scholarship must be British subjects and members of the University who will not have attained the age of thirty-two years by 1 October 1996, and either (a) will have completed all the examinations required for the Oxford BA Degree, or (b) have embarked on a course of postgraduate study at the University. Candidates will normally be expected to show a reasonable proficiency in the use of German language, but if a candidate does not have a good knowledge of German a further grant may be made available to enable him or her to attend a language course in Germany before university entrance there. Candidates' proposed programmes of research must be such that they can best be carried out at a German university or other institution of higher learning.

Applications must be received by the Secretary to the Board of Management, Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship, International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, not later than Friday, 19 January 1996. They must include:

(i) the applicant's age;

(ii) a brief statement of his or her academic career;

(iii) a brief programme of the work he or she proposes to undertake, the institution at which he or she would wish to study in Germany, the reasons for the choice of institution, and some evidence that he or she has made contact with the head of the chosen institution;

(iv) a certificate from the head of his or her society that the application is made with the approval of the society and that the applicant is a British subject;

(v) the names of two academic referees. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that references reach the Secretary by the closing date.

Note: If applying for the Theodor Heuss Fellowship as well as the Foster Scholarship, one application will suffice.

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Hanseatic Scholarships

These scholarships have been established by the gener- osity of the Alfred Toepfer FVS (Freiherr vom Stein/Friedrich von Schiller) Foundation which wishes to reciprocate the Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford from Germany. The aim of the Foundation is to promote closer Anglo- German links within a European context. At present two scholarships are offered each year.

Candidates must be British subjects, unmarried, and graduate or undergraduate (final year) members of Oxford University. They should not have passed their twenty-eighth birthday by 1 October 1996, the date by which the scholars elected in 1996 will be expected to take up their scholarships. These are tenable preferably for two years for study at Hamburg University; exceptionally, the second year may be spent at another academic institution in Germany. The successful candidate must undertake research at doctoral or postdoctoral level or give evidence of a workable project not connected to a research degree. There is the opportunity to obtain a German degree.

The value of the scholarships is currently DM 18,000 per annum and is subject to regular review. Sufficient knowledge of the German language is desirable, but when a candidate does not have a good knowledge of German, he or she is expected to attend a language course in Germany prior to university entry.

Applications should be sent to the Secretary, Hanseatic Scholarships, International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (from whom further particulars may be obtained) by Friday, 19 January 1996. The applications should include (i) the applicant's full name and age; (ii) a photograph of the applicant; (iii) a curriculum vitae; (iv) a programme of the work which the candidate proposes to undertake; (v) the names of two referees; (vi) a certificate from the head of the candidate's society that the application is made with the approval of the college and that the applicant is a British citizen; (vii) a health certificate. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that references reach the Secretary by the closing date. Interviews will take place in Oxford during February 1996 and the decision of the selectors will be announced shortly thereafter.

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Theodor Heuss Research Fellowship

Applications are invited from members of the University for the Theodor Heuss Research Fellowship. The Fellowship, which is financed through the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung out of a gift from the late President of the Federal Republic of Germany, is tenable for the twelve months of the academic year 1996–7 at any university or other institution of higher learning (at the choice of the successful candidate) in Germany, and may be extended for a second year at the discretion of the Stiftung.

The Fellowship is especially intended for research in the following subjects: Ancient History and Literature, Modern History, Modern Languages and Literature, English Literature, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Applications from other academic fields will, however, be welcomed.

The holder of the Fellowship will receive a monthly maintenance grant (currently DM 3,200). In addition payments are provided to cover travel expenses, and all university or institute fees will be paid on the Fellow's behalf (but he or she will have to pay a compulsory Students' Union fee). Upon application a monthly marriage allowance may also be paid. It should be noted that the fellowship does not include the payment of any Oxford fees for which the Fellow may be liable while he or she is in Germany. Candidates who hold British Academy Studentships may however apply for suspension of their awards and suspension of status to enable them to take the Fellowship if elected.

Candidates for the Fellowship must be British subjects and members of the University who will not have attained the age of thirty-two years by 1 October 1996, and either (a) have embarked on a course of postgraduate study at the University or (b) have already obtained a postgraduate qualification of the University. Candidates will normally be expected to show a reasonable proficiency in the use of German language, but if a candidate does not have a good knowledge of German a further grant may be made available to enable him or her to attend a language course in Germany before university entrance there. Candidates' proposed programmes of research must be such that they can best be carried out at a German university or other institution of higher learning.

Applications must be received by the Secretary to the Board of Management, Theodor Heuss Fellowship, International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, not later than Friday, 19 January 1996.

They must include:

(i) the applicant's age;

(ii) a brief statement of his or her academic career;

(iii) a brief programme of the work he or she proposes to undertake, the institution at which he or she would wish to study in Germany, the reasons for the choice of institution, and some evidence that he or she has made contact with the head of the chosen institution or with any other member of the academic staff;

(iv) a certificate from the head of his or her society that the application is made with the approval of the society and that the applicant is a British subject;

(v) the names of two academic referees. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that references reach the Secretary by the closing date.

Note: If applying for the Michael Foster Scholarship as well as the Heuss Fellowship, one application will suffice.

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