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ELDON LAW SCHOLARSHIP 1998

The Board of the Faculty of Law announces that the Eldon Law Scholarship, value not less than £4,000 per annum, is awarded annually to be held for up to two years. Candidates must be members of the University of Oxford who:

(a) have passed the examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts or for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or for the Degree of Magister Juris; and

(b) have been placed in the First Class in one or other of these examinations or in Honour Moderations or have gained one of the Chancellor's Prizes; and

(c) intend to follow the profession of the Law; and

(d) have applied for one of the scholarships either before, or within two years next following, the date of their call to the Bar.

Candidates will be required to sign a declaration that they intend to practise at the Bar in the United Kingdom. Until they have been called to the Bar, scholars must produce proof that they have regularly kept their terms, unless prevented by illness, at one of the Inns of Court.

In general the policy of the awarding committee is to give preference to a candidate who has completed his or her Oxford education and is completing the vocational stage of training prior to entry into pupillage.

Applications, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, must be sent to the Head Clerk (on a form obtainable from him), University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, not later than Friday, 30 October 1998, in a sealed envelope marked `Eldon Scholarship Application'. The representatives of the board will summon to interview at Oxford on Saturday, 23 January 1999, those candidates they wish to see.

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WINTER WILLIAMS LAW PRIZES 1998

The Board of the Faculty of Law invites entry for the Prizes which will be awarded in 1998 on the basis of essays, of not more than 5,000 words, submitted on one of the following subjects: 1 `The Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulation 1994 has introduced two new standards of invalidity into British contract law, contravention of "good faith"; and "significant imbalance".' Are these standards `new'? To what extent are they justifiable?

2 `The concept of "voluntary assumption of responsibility" as a general principle of liability for pure economic loss seems an oddity in the context of liability rules in tort which are undoubtedly imposed by law and appear to be distinctly involuntary.' Discuss.

3 `It is a fundamental and uncontroversial proposition that because the equitable jurisdiction to enforce trusts depends upon the conscience of the holder of the legal interest being affected, such person cannot be a trustee of the property if and so long as they are ignorant of the factors which are alleged to affect their conscience.' Discuss.

4 `...the law as to notice as it may affect purchasers of unregistered land, whether contained in decided cases, or in a statute...has no application even by analogy to registered land' per Lord Wilberforce in Williams & Glyn's Bank v. Boland [1981] AC 487, 504. Is this either an accurate or a realistic statement of the law?

The First Prize is of £400, the Second Prize is of £200. Grants to a total of £200 may be made to unsuccessful candidates who have done meritorious work. The prizes will be awarded only if entries of sufficient merit are received. The essays (two typed copies) must be sen to the Head Clerk, University Offices, Wellington Square, by 30 September 1998. There is no entry form, but each essay must be accompanied by: (i) a statement from the candidate's college the he or she is, on 30 September 1998, an undergraduate member of the University who has not exceeded the tenth term from matriculation, and is reading for the Honour School of Jurisprudence; (ii) a declaration that the essay is entirely the candidate's own unaided work and that it has not been submitted to any other person for advice, assistance, or revision.

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GREEN MORAL PHILOSOPHY PRIZE 1999

Candidates for the prize are invited to submit to the Secretary of Faculties not later than 1 December 1998 specific subjects relating to Moral Philosophy for approval by the Board of the Faculty of Literae Humaniores.

Dissertations, on subjects approved by the faculty board, should be typewritten, distinguished by a motto, and accompanied by a sealed envelope bearing the motto and containing the author's name, address, and date of matriculation, and should not exceed 60,000 words. Each candidate must certify that his or her dissertation has not been published in book form and that it has not been submitted for a degree of any university. Dissertations should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, before 1 March 1999.

All candidates must, previous to that day, have been admitted to or have qualified for the Degree of Master of Arts.

The value of the prize is in the region of £2,500.

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JUNIOR MATHEMATICAL PRIZES

Not more than four prizes, each of a value not exceeding £200, may be awarded each year, if candidates submit work of sufficient merit. One prize may be awarded by the examiners in the Honour School of Mathematics; one prize may be awarded by the examiners in the Honour School of Mathematical Sciences; and one prize may be awarded by the mathematical examiners in each of the Honour Schools of Mathematics and Computation and of Mathematics and Philosophy for outstanding performance in the mathematical papers. The value of the prizes within the above limits will be determined by the examiners. No special application is required.

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PAVRY AND WINCHESTER THESIS PRIZES 1998

The Board of the Faculty of Social Studies proposes to award two prizes in Michaelmas Term 1998, provided that there are candidates of sufficient merit. Both of these prizes are awarded for successful theses (M.Phil., M.Litt., or D.Phil.) in the faculties of Social Studies, Law, or Modern History.

The Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Prize (£500) is for a thesis on a subject in the area of international peace and understanding.

The Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Prize (£500) is for a thesis on international relations, with particular reference to the area of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Candidates should apply in writing to the Secretary to the Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds, Centre for International Studies, Social Studies Faculty Centre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL , not later than 12 noon on Friday, 24 July 1998. Applications must include a copy of the thesis, together with a short abstract, and a letter supplying (a) the candidate's name, college and degree; (b) the names of the candidate's examiners and supervisor(s) (not applicable to M.Phil. candidates); (c) a clear indication for which one of the two prizes the candidate is submitting the thesis; (d) an address for communication should the candidate not be returning to the University in Michaelmas Term.

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CYRIL FOSTER AND RELATED FUNDS FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

1 The Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds will consider requests from members of the University (principally M.Litt. and D.Phil. students, and senior members) undertaking research in international relations for modest grants towards travel and related research expenses, and, exceptionally, for other purposes. The main funds are:

(a) The Cyril Foster Fund: this is intended for `the promotion of international peace and the prevention of future wars'.

(b) The Alastair Buchan Subsidiary Fund: this fund, which is strictly limited, is intended for `the promotion of research in international relations'.

(c) The Oxford Project for Peace Studies Fund: this fund, which is strictly limited, is intended for `the study of the nature of peace and of the methods by which peace can be developed and extended'.

Applications for grants under these funds are not normally entertained from vi siting scholars, from students with probationary status, from students for the M.Sc. degree, or from undergraduates. Applications from M.Phil. students will only be considered if an exceptional case is made. Requests should be made bef ore the expenses are incurred. Attendance at an international conference will not in itself normally be accepted as a sufficient reason for a grant.

2 Graduate students (including M.Sc. or M.Phil.) can also apply for the annual Maurice Latey Award `to assist travel for research by postgraduate students in the fields of politics or international relations working on aspects of democracy, freedom and religion'. Suitable applications for grants under 1 above will automatically be considered for this award. Additional applications for small research grants are also invited from postgraduate students at British or overseas universities wishing to use the Latey Archive in the Bodleian Library.

3 Applications for grants under 1 and/or 2 above should be made on a form available from the Secretary to the Managers (address below), and should be submitted by the end of the fifth week of each Oxford term. Consideration of a pplications submitted after that date will normally be deferred until the latter part of the following term. Candidates are asked to state the name of the fund/s to which they are applying, and to clarify the relevance of their project to the purpose of the particular fund. Graduate students applying for research grants are also asked to name one referee, normally their supervisor, who should be requested to send a reference directly to the Secretary to the Managers.

4 Applications are also invited for the annual Royal Bank of Canada Research Scholarship. This award, of a value of £1,000, is available to any graduate student of the University (including M.Sc. or M.Phil.) to cover costs of research outside the UK on `international relations with special reference to Canada'. Letters of application should be submitted by the end of fifth week of Trinity Term. There is no application form, but candidates should state college, course, and supervisor, and they should give a brief outline of their thesis topic and proposed research.

5 All requests for application forms, correspondence, and references should be addressed directly to Mrs Marga Lyall, Secretary to the Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds, Centre for International Studies, Social Studies Faculty Centre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL.

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ROYAL BANK OF CANADA

Research Scholarship in International Relations

Applications are invited for the annual Royal Bank of Canada Research Scholarship in International Relations.

This award, of a value of £1,000, is available to any graduate student of Oxford University (including M.Sc. and M.Phil.) to cover costs of research outside the UK on international relations with special reference to Canada. It is administered by the Committee for the Cyril Foster and Related Funds, under the overall direction of the Social Studies Faculty Board.

There is no application form, but candidates should state their college, course, and supervisor, and they should indicate what they hope to achieve if the application is successful.

Letters of application should be submitted by the end of fifth week of Trinity Term (29 May) to Mrs Marga Lyall, Secretary to the Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds, Centre for International Studies, Social Studies Faculty Centre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL.

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HAYTER FUND

Grants from the Hayter Fund are made to holders of established university posts for travel and research purposes connected with the languages and the economic, social, and political development of the following areas: the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, south Asia, east Asia, and Latin America. Application forms and further details may be obtained from the Secretary of the Hayter Committee, the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane. The closing date for applications is the end of fifth week in each term.

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RADHAKRISHNAN MEMORIAL BEQUEST

The trustees of the bequest may make small grants to students at Oxford who are citizens of the Republic of India, and who, because of unexpected difficulties, need financial assistance to complete the qualifications for which they are registered. Grants will not normally be awarded to those near to the beginning of their course of study. Application forms may be obtained from the Secretary of the Radhakrishnan Memorial Bequest, the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE. the closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 5 June.

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SASAKAWA FUND

Applications are invited for grants from the Sasakawa Fund, to be applied to `the advancement within the University of knowledge and understanding of Japan by way of academic contact and exchange between members of the University and citizens of Japan'. Further details may be obtained from the Secretary of the Board of Management of the Fund (Miss Emma Wilson), the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, to whom applications should be returned by the end of the fourth week in each term.

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