Grants and Research Funding

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A number of scholarships will be made available by the Finnish Government for three to nine months of study in Finland for postgraduates and researchers under the age of thirty-five. Applicants should make contact with the host in Finland before applying.

The scholarships are open to citizens of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The scholarship amounts to approximately £460 per month, plus approximately £60 travel allowance per semester. No additional funds are provided for travel or accommodation costs.

Further details are available from Ms Pirkko Hautamäki at the Finnish Institute in London (telephone: 0171-404 3309). The closing date for applications is 31 January 1999.

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The Committee for the Sir John Hicks Fund invites applications from members of the University for grants towards the costs of research in economic history. Applications will be considered from undergraduates, graduate students, and members of academic staff, and may related to research into the economic history of any period or country.

Applicants should (a) provide sufficient information about the general nature of their research to establish that it falls within the field of economic history; and (b) specify the precise nature and cost of the expenditure for which a grant is requested. They should also give the name of one referee who might be consulted by the committee.

It is intended by the committee that grants should normally be made for sums of up to £250, though this may on occasion be exceeded. Retrospective grants will be made only in exceptional circumstances.

The committee will consider applications twice in each year. The closing date for the first round is Monday of the third week of Hilary Term, and for the second round Monday of the third week of Trinity Term. Applications should be sent to Mrs E.A. Macallister, Secretary of the Committee for the Sir John Hicks Fund, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD.

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Awards for study in Paris

The trustees of the Philosophical Fellowship Fund, which was established in 1941 for the `furtherance of philosophical and/or scientific research', particularly with reference to research connected with France, now invite applications for support from candidates whose research would benefit in some significant respect from a period of up to three months (or, exceptionally, up to six months) to be spent working in Paris during the current academic year, starting not earlier than 15 March 1999. Candidates should at present be working for a higher degree in philosophy or a related subject with strong philosophical associations, or should have been awarded such a degree not more than three years ago. Applications should be sent to Dr Sabina Lovibond, Worcester College, Oxford, and should reach her by Friday, 11 December. Candidates should include, with their curriculum vitae, a brief description of their current research and study plans, and an explanation of what they hope to achieve through their stay in Paris. They should also give the names of two referees, whom they should ask to write directly to Dr Lovibond. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide a sample of their written work, of not more than 5,000 words in length. Interviews will be held in the first half of Hilary Term.

The exact amount of any awards that may be made will be assessed in the light of the successful candidate's or candidates' plans, but it is intended that they should be sufficient to cover the estimated basic costs of his or her travel to and stay in Paris. The trustees also hope to be able to find from among their philosophical contacts in Paris persons who will be willing to provide initial guidance and introductions there to successful candidates.

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The Norwegian Nobel Institute will award a limited number of fellowships in its guest researcher programme for the spring terms of 2000 and 2001. The fellowships are for scholars of any nationality in history, social sciences, and international law. Both senior fellowships (for distinguished scholars with a substantial record of publication in their field) and general fellowships (for scholars in the earlier stages of their postdoctoral careers) are available.

Stipends will be given in accordance with the individual needs of the approved applicants and the availability of funds. The institute will also cover travel expenses, office equipment, and the purchase of specific research materials for the Nobel Institute Library. Fellows must be free to devote themselves full-time to study and writing and will be expected to spend most of their time at the Institute.

In the years 2000 and 2001 the research programme of the Norwegian Nobel Institute will emphasise two topics: general theories about war and peace, and topics related to the history of the Nobel Peace Prize (which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2001).

Those interested should contact Grete Haram, Office Manager, or Oyvind Tonnesson, Project Consultant, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Drammensveien 19, N-0255 Oslo, Norway (fax: +47 22 43 01 68, e-mail:, or should send a brief project description, a CURRICULUM VITAE, and two letters of recommendation to the above address before 15 November.

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