Grants and Research Funding

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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 detailed below.

Royal Commission Industrial Fellowships

About six Industrial Fellowships are offered for selected graduates, working in British industry, with good degrees in engineering, science, or medicine.

Those eligible will be British nationals, resident in the UK, who are employed by a British company. They must have a good first degree in an appropriate discipline, and have identified a research and/or development topic, leading to a patent, product, or process specification within the time-scale of the award. The fellowship may possibly be held in conjunction with a higher academic award, with an established link with appropriate staff at a British university. A willingness to travel is also sought. Fellows will normally take up their appointment within two years of graduation, although older candidates may apply.

The award comprises 50 per cent of a fellow's salary, including the employer's share of national insurance and superannuation, up to a limit of £15,000, reviewed annually. University fees are paid, as are travel costs up to a limit of £3,200 per annum. The fellowship is tenable for up to three years, renewable annually on receipt of favourable reports. On completion of the fellowship, the fellow's university will receive an honorarium of £14,000.

There is a pro-forma application form for these awards, available from the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road. In addition, applicants should submit to the commission their curriculum vitae, a description of the proposed programme of work including milestones and deliverables, a costed proposal for travel during the fellowship, information about their company, and endorsements from their technical director and proposed academic supervisor.

The closing date is 30 January 1998. Further details may be obtained from the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road.

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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.

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.

The fellowship stipend is currently £15,159 for the first year's tenure, and £16,045 for the second year. In addition a London weighting of £2,134 per annum is payable in appropriate cases, and an enhanced stipend may be payable to cover contributions to a personal pension scheme.

A candidate must be a citizen of the British Commonwealth or of the Republics of Ireland or Pakistan, and should preferably be less than thirty years old on 1 March 1998.

Candidates must be recommended by professors or heads of department of universities or other institutions of equivalent status in the United Kingdom. The recommendations will be considered by the commissioners and the awards made by selection from among the candidates recommended. If a department recommends more than one candidate in any one year, the names should be ranked in order of merit.

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.

A fellow will be required to devote herself/himself to research in some branch of science or engineering. A fellow will be required to devote her/his whole time to the objects of the fellowship. A limited amount of time may be devoted to teaching or lecturing. A fellow will not be debarred from holding another position of emolument, but the commissioners may at their discretion modify the value of the fellowship.

Recommendations must be made on the prescribed form on or before the closing date of 27 February 1998. The appointments to the fellowship will be made during June 1998. Further details and an application form may be obtained from Dr J.E. Sherwood, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford (telephone: (2)70761, e-mail:

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