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International Organisations and the Security Issues of the Post-Cold War Era

The Centre for International Studies invites applications from members of Oxford University for research grants in the subject area named above.

Applications are invited for grants of up to £5,000 for research projects in the two areas of transitions from war to peace, and regionalism and regional organisation. Selections will be made three times a year.

This competition is an integral part of the Centre's research programme on International Organisations and the Security Issues of the Post-Cold War Era. It has four components: the role of international organisations in transitions from war to peace; international organisations and new threats to international peace and security; regionalism, regional organisations and security; and the attitudes and policies of states and groups of states towards international organisations. Details of the programme and its management may be found on the Centre for International Studies Web site,

The competition is open to university faculty members and to research students who have completed doctoral theses.

Applications should be in the form of a letter giving a brief description of the proposed research and its end product, and a budget. They should indicate how the project is related to the objectives of the transitions from war to peace and regionalism components of the programme. Research students should also provide a letter of support from their supervisor.

This competition will be managed by the Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds, to whom applications should be directed. Applications should be submitted to Marga Lyall, Secretary, Centre for International Studies, Social Studies Faculty Centre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2RL, by the end of seventh week this Michaelmas Term only, and thereafter by the end of fifth week of each term for consideration at the termly Committee meeting of the Managers of the Cyril Foster and Related Funds.

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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.

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Royal Commission Industrial Fellowships

About six Industrial Fellowships are offered for selected graduates, working in British industry, who have a good degree 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 29 January 1999.

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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. Approximately six awards are made each year.

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 £15,735 for the first year's tenure, and £16,655 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 British or 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 her/his 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 1 March 1999, and should be accompanied by copies of the relevant published papers, theses, and reports. The appointments to the fellowship will be made during June. 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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A number of scholarships will be available in 1999/2000, to British nationals who wish to proceed to further study, postgraduate research, or postdoctoral work, in any subject, at a French university, or a Grande École. Applicants must expect to graduate with a bachelor's or master's degree in 1999, or be working towards a doctorate at a UK university. They must have a good working knowledge of French.

The scholarships are awarded for an academic year and cover registration fees and living expenses. Allowances are also given towards the purchase of books and arrival and departure costs.

Further details and application forms are available from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)70241). The closing date for applications is 30 January 1999.

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A prize, worth at least £1,000, is offered for original research in any of the biological sciences, including the biomedical sciences. Candidates for the prize should submit an entry form (see below), together with a brief curriculum vitae, and a summary of their research (to be no longer than five sides of A4). Short-listed candidates will then be asked to submit their written research. All research submitted for consideration for the prize should have been undertaken by candidates after their matriculation.

To be eligible, a candidate (a) must either hold a BA or BM degree from the University of Oxford, or a BA or MB degree from the University of Cambridge, or have been admitted as a student for the degree of M.Litt., M.Sc., or D.Phil. at Oxford, or as a student for the M.Litt., M.Sc., M.Phil., or Ph.D. at Cambridge; (b) must not have exceeded a period of six years from attaining one or other of these qualifications, or from attaining the first of these qualifications if she or he has attained more than one; (c) must not have exceeded ten years from matriculation; (d) must not have been awarded the prize before.

Applicants should request an entry form from Dr J.E. Sherwood, Secretary to the Rolleston Memorial Prize Trustees, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)70761, e-mail:, and return it with the entry by the closing date of 1 May 1999.

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