Grants and Research Funding

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Applications are invited for up to two Pirie-Reid Scholarships, tenable at the University of Oxford, from graduates (including persons expecting to graduate in 2002) who intend in October 2002 to commence working for a degree or diploma.

Preference will be given to candidates applying from other universities i.e. not already matriculated at Oxford, and to those who have lived in or been educated in Scotland. Candidates not fulfilling these criteria are unlikely to be successful.

The scholarships, which are to be awarded to persons wishing to begin a course of study in Oxford who would otherwise be prevented by lack of funds, will cover university and college fees and provide a grant for maintenance, subject to assessment of other sources of income (maintenance grants for 2001--2 are £7,000 for postgraduate students). They will be renewable from year to year, subject to satisfactory progress and continuance of approved full-time study.

Application forms for the Pirie-Reid Scholarships may be obtained from Mrs J. Brown, Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Office, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB (telephone: Oxford (2)82464, e-mail:

Candidates for the Pirie-Reid Scholarships are expected to have applied for admission to the University through the Graduate Admissions Office, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Application forms and supporting information may be obtained by using the on-line request form at

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2002.

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The Higher Education Funding Council for England is again inviting institutions to nominate candidates for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. The scheme is intended to `celebrate excellence in teaching by recognising individuals who are outstanding as teachers and promoters of learning'.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme was run for the first time in 2000. This year, as in previous years, a total of twenty awards to the value of £50,000 each will be made. Awards are intended to enable fellowship holders to carry out a project related to teaching and learning during their fellowship year. Initial selection of nominees is to be carried out by the institution. The Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) is accordingly now inviting applications from individuals who wish to be considered for nomination to the award. The University's nominee will be selected in accordance with the criteria specified by the NTFS. Submissions will be considered by a panel appointed by the Educational Policy and Standards Committee. The closing date for individual submissions to the university panel is Friday, 18 January.

Information about the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, including past winners of the award and the selection criteria, may be found on the scheme's Web site ( A copy of the leaflet providing information about the scheme may be obtained from the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning (telephone: (2)86808, e-mail: Advice on preparing submissions will appear under `News' on the Institute's Web site ( from Monday of ninth week of Michaelmas Term. Completed submissions, prepared in the format specified by the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, should be sent in hard copy to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic), University Offices, Wellington Square by, at the latest, Friday, 18 January.

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