Grants and Research Funding

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VICE-CHANCELLORS' FUND

A fund has been established through donations by members of the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors in honour of three recent Vice-Chancellors, Sir Patrick Neill, Sir Richard Southwood, and Sir Peter North. A small number of awards is available to assist those working for a postgraduate research qualification of the University. Priority will be given to students nearing the end of their research to enable them to avoid seeking paid employment at a critical stage in their work. The academic merit of candidates will be a primary consideration. Grants form the fund will not normally exceed the sum required for one term's maintenance.

The fund will be administered by the Committee on Student Hardship, and applications should be made on the Student Hardship application form which is available from college offices. The closing date for applications to reach the University Offices is Monday, 12 February.

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LEVERHULME TRUST

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships 2001

The Leverhulme Trustees propose to offer up to twenty two- or three-year Major Research Fellowships in UK universities, designed to enable researchers to devote themselves to a single project of outstanding originality and significance. All fields in the humanities and social sciences are eligible.

Each fellowship will normally be held for two or three years. The tenure of most fellowships will commence on 1 October 2002, but an earlier start date is possible. A later start date will be possible only in exceptional circumstances.

Candidates holding an established post in the humanities or social sciences at a UK university, who have held a post in the UK for at least the past five years, are eligible. Candidates must be of an age to return to full-time academic posts for at least two years after holding a fellowship. Priority will be given to applications from candidates over the age of thirty- five.

The support offered consists of the salary of a full-time replacement lecturer for two or three years at a grade not to exceed spinal point 8 (currently £20,465) on the RA1A scale, plus superannuation, national insurance, and London Allowance where applicable. An amount of up to £3,000 per annum will also be made available by the Trust to help meet the fellow's research expenses. Capital equipment, overheads, indirect costs, and bench fees are not eligible costs.

Successful applicants will be expected to spend a minimum of 80 per cent of their time on the project and no more than thirty hours in each month on other academic and professorial responsibilities. Universities must undertake to appoint a lecturer as stipulated above, and to grant research leave to fellows for the duration of the award.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 4 May. Decisions will be made in November 2001.

An application pack may be obtained from the Trust by sending a self-addressed A4 or A5 envelope stamped for 60g to the Leverhulme Trust, 1 Pemberton Row, London EC4A 3BG. No packs will be mailed out after Friday, 27 April. Application packs cannot be faxed or e-mailed to candidates. Details of the scheme are also on the Trust's Web site, http://www.leverhulme.org.uk/MRFs.html.

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ROYAL COMMISSION FOR THE EXHIBITION OF 1851

Industrial Design Studentships 2001

About six Industrial Design Studentships will be offered in 2001. They are aimed at graduates with a good grounding in engineering or science, who wish to develop their capabilities in industrial design. Applicants must:

—be British nationals, resident in the UK;

—be intending to make a career in British industry;

—hold a good first degree in engineering or science;

—have obtained admission to a suitable postgraduate course in the UK or overseas.

The award is for a year and comprises all tuition fees, a stipend of £8,000, an allowance of £750 for materials, and some travel expenses. There is a possibility of similar funding for a second year.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 20 April. Application forms and further details can be obtained from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, the Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (telephone: 020- 7594 8790, e-mail. RoyalCom1851@ic.ac.uk, Web site: http://www.royalcommission1851.org.uk).

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TIMOTHY BAILEY SCHOLARSHIP

The Timothy Bailey Trust has been set up in memory of Timothy Bailey, a Biology graduate of Christ Church. It aims to provide financial support to students of Oxford University to assist them in undertaking any extra-curricular project or expedition relating to the Biological Sciences. Generally a single Scholarship will be awarded each year, on a competitive basis.

Applicants should produce a written proposal of 500--1,000 words stating clearly: (a) the background to, and aims of, the activity; (b) how a successful outcome to the activity will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of any aspect of Biology; (c) detailed work plans for a successful outcome; (d) how, in the event of a successful application, the award will contribute to this outcome.

Timothy Bailey was especially interested in Evolution, Entomology and Developmental Biology and applications in any or all of these areas are especially encouraged, although this is not an essential requirement.

It is expected that applicants will normally be individuals, including those going on University Expeditions with others. Exceptionally expeditions may also be considered for joint funding although this is not preferred.

Three copies of each application should be addressed as follows: the Timothy Bailey Scholarship, c/o Professor D. J. Rogers, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS.

Applications must be received on or before Friday of eighth week of Hilary Term (9 March) and decisions will be reached and communicated to the successful applicants by the end of first week of Trinity Term (27 April). Candidates who have not heard by the start of the second week of Trinity Term must assume they have been unsuccessful.

Entries will be judged by the Trustees, whose decision is final. Currently the Trustees are Dr Mark Bailey, Mr Greg Payne, and Professor David Rogers. The Timothy Bailey Scholarships will be to a value of approximately £500. In the event of joint winners the Trustees will divide this sum between them.

The winning applicant(s) will be expected to acknowledge the support of the Timothy Bailey Trust in any reports or scientific papers arising from any activity supported by the Trust. They should also provide a written report of no more than 2,000 words to the Trustees upon completion of the research and travel supported.

Information regarding the life and interests of Timothy Bailey, plus further details on the Trust, can be found at www.timothybailey.com.

It is hoped that this award can be made for a number of years into the future, depending upon the funds available to the Trustees.

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