Grants and Research Funding

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British/Spanish Research Collaboration Programme

The Acciones Integradas programme, which is jointly funded and administered by the British Council in Spain and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture, offers the opportunity for research groups in the two countries to initiate collaboration. It is expected that subsequent funding will be sought from other sources, such as the European Union.

Prospective applicants should have already identified the research group in Spain with which they would like to collaborate, as applications have to be made concurrently by the British and Spanish partners. Applicants must also show that there is an agreed project proposal. Grants are available to contribute towards international travel and subsistence costs only.

Application forms and guidance notes for the new Acciones Integradas programme can be obtained from the Research Grants Office (telephone: (2)70146). Further information can be obtained from the British Council, Madrid (telephone: 0034-1-337-3559, fax: 0034-1-337-3560, e-mail:

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Fellowships are available for at least four graduate students from the UK to spend the academic year 1997–8 studying in one of the faculties of Harvard. The value of each fellowship is $14,500 plus tuition and health service fees.

Candidates must be British citizens at the time of application, be studying for a first or higher degree, and have spent at least two of the last four years at a university or college in the UK. Candidates are also welcomed who are employed in business, education, or government who graduated not earlier than 1995 and who wish to attend the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Design, Harvard Divinity School, Graduate School of Education, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, or the School of Public Health.

Details of the competition and application forms may be obtained from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Applications must be submitted through the head of the candidate's college by 24 October in time to reach the Secretary, Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships, 16 Great College Street, London SW1P 3RX, by 1 November.

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Applications are invited from graduates wishing to undertake postgraduate study at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the academic year 1997–8. The scholarship will cover tuition and health service fees, the cost of travel to and from the USA, and will provide an allowance of $15,000 for the year. Extra funding may be possible for a further year for those candidates applying for a two year Master's programme or a Ph.D.

Candidates must be British citizens at the time of application, must be ordinarily resident in the UK, must have spent at least two of the last five years at a university in the UK, and have graduated prior to taking up the scholarship. Preference will be given to students interested in humane studies, economics, and modern technology. Candidates for the Kennedy Scholarship are expected to make a separate and independent application for admission direct to Harvard or the MIT.

Application forms are available from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, or from the Trust at 16 Great College Street, London SW1P 3RX (telephone: 0171-222 1151). They should be returned to the head of the student's college no later than 24 October.

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Applications for fellowships are invited from men and women with a breadth and depth of experience in their own professional field to spend from seven months to one year in the USA. The Harkness programme encourages opinion-formers and professional leaders to benefit from new ideas, practices, and contacts in the USA, with a view to enhancing UK developments. The aim is to sustain an international network of experts and practitioners addressing major social policy issues in a practical way.

Applicants must be British citizens and, although there are no formal age limits, fellows are normally between their late twenties and early forties. Fellows' families are welcomed.

The fellowships include living expenses, return fares, extensive travel within the UK, and medical insurance. For application forms and further details, send a stamped (36-pence) addressed envelope measuring 10 inches by 7 inches to Harkness Fellowships, 28 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EG.

Application forms must be submitted by 4 p.m. on 16 October. Forms will not be available by post after 10 October.

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These grants are offered by the British Council to enable staff from British and Finnish educational institutions to pay short visits to one another. Priority is given to visits which further research collaboration or the planning of a specialist conference. Visits to discuss arrangements for student and staff exchanges are eligible for consideration.

Applications may be sent to the British Council at any time. Selection is made every two months and the outcome is made known immediately. It is advisable to apply at least two months in advance of the proposed visit.

The grants consitute a standard sum between £200 and £400 depending on the cost of the air fare, payable either in sterling or Finnmarks. This amount is intended to be no more than a contribution to the costs of the visit and it is assumed that the applicant will obtain the balance of his/her expenses from another source. It is a condition of the payment of the grant that, after the visit, a short report will be sent to the British Council. Application forms and further information can be obtained from the British Council, Hakaniemenkatu 2, 00530 Helsinki, Finland (telephone: +358 0 701 8731, fax: +358 0 701 8725).

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These scholarships are aimed at British postgraduates and young researchers under thirty-five years of age to enable them to spend between three and nine months at a Finnish university. Applicants need to establish contact with the receiving university prior to application.

The scholarship amounts to FIM 4,000 monthly (about £600), in addition to a payment on arrival each semester of FIM 500 (about £75). Travel expenses are not included in the scholarship. Application forms are available from, and should be returned to, Ms Anne Melas, Embassy of Finland, 38 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8HW (telephone: 0171-838 6200). The deadline for receipt of application forms is 31 January 1997.

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