Grants and Research Funding

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The Oppenheimer Fund provides grants to assist the academic exchange of senior members between the University of Oxford on the one hand and universities and similar institutions of higher education in the Republic of South Africa on the other. Applications are invited from senior members of the University who wish either to visit one or more universities in South Africa or to invite a staff member from a South African university to Oxford. Grants may be awarded to assist with living expenses for a maximum of six months, and travel costs. Visits for the sole purpose of attending a conference will not normally be eligible for support from the fund.

The maximum level of grants is likely to be up to £1,000 per month for subsistence and up to £700 for the cost of travel between Oxford and South Africa. Applications for grants from the fund should include a statement of the purpose of the proposed visit (including an outline of any research to be carried out during the visit), duration and estimated costs, details of any other available sources of funding, and, in the case of visits to Oxford, a curriculum vitae of the staff member it is proposed to invite and a letter of support from a senior member at Oxford. The closing date for application in consideration in Michaelmas Term is 19 November. It is expected that there will be a second round of applications later in the year. Applications should be sent to Mrs Katherine McGuire, International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)70134, e-mail:

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Applications are invited for the Varley-Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology. A travelling fellowship, which may be of up to £2,000 in value, will be awarded for the support of field work, travel, and other activity in the field of insect ecology.

The fellowship will be tenable for one year commencing on a date to be agreed. It will not be renewable.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae and a research proposal, should be sent to Mrs Judith Brown, Board of Management for the Varley-Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology, Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Office, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 2UB, by 30 March 2002 (enquiries: telephone Oxford 282464 or The research proposal should include a budget and should not exceed two sides of A4 in length.

Applicants are asked to note that, if large numbers of specimens would result from the work, the cost of follow-up work should be shown in the budget, and details given of how, and by whom, they would be identified.

Applicants should arrange for two referees to write in confidence to Mrs Brown by the closing date. In the case of graduate students, one of the referees should be the supervisor.

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Southern African Students' Fund

The Southern African Students' Fund is offering a fully funded scholarship for D.Phil. study at St Antony's College, commencing October 2002. This will be for one year in the first instance and is renewable for a further two years, subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarship will cover university and college fees and a stipend.

Applications are invited from students who are normally resident in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, or Mozambique. Applicants should have a master's degree or equivalent qualification. Proposals can be in any branch of African Studies in which the college can provide supervision, i.e. History, Politics, International Relations, Development Studies, Social Anthropology, Environmental Studies. While the fund will only support Southern African students, their field of study can include any part of Africa.

Applicants should send: a curriculum vitae with details of education, employment, any publications or presentations, and recent residence; a 500-word doctoral research proposal; two references; information on other financial support obtained, and applications.

Short-listed candidates may be asked to submit evidence of written work.

Applications should be sent to the Bursar, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF. E-mail applications are acceptable and may be sent to Janet Pearson (e-mail:, to whom enquiries should also be made (telephone: Oxford (2)74470).

The closing date is 15 November.

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Dr Chun-tu Hsueh Research and Travel Awards

The Dr Chun-tu Hsueh Travel Awards have been established to provide postgraduate students who are working on research degrees in any aspect of North-east, South-east, and/or South Asian Studies with grants towards the cost of their D.Phil. or M.Litt. thesis research. The maximum award available is £500.

Only students from St Antony's College who have not previously received one of these travel awards may apply. Students whose thesis deals only tangentially with Asia are not eligible for consideration. Students who are still in probationary research status or still completing the requirements of an M.Phil., M.St., M.Sc., or other taught-course degree at the time of application should be as confident as possible of securing upgrading to M.Litt. or D.Phil. status by the time of the research travel or other research activity they propose. Confirmation of upgrading will be required before any award is actually paid. Awards cannot be deferred, but anyone not securing the necessary upgrading or being otherwise unable to adhere to the terms on which the award was originally made will have the option to reapply in future.

Among the purposes for which grants may be given are: travel essential to thesis research, the acquisition of material essential to research, and the preparation of artwork or other material for inclusion in the completed thesis. Grants for subsistence will not be made; nor is funding available to present papers at conferences, except when a very strong case can be made for the relevance of such a presentation to the applicant's thesis research. Candidates are expected to apply for grants before incurring expenses.

Applications for awards are considered once a year, in Hilary Term, for travel or other research activity to commence no later than the beginning of Hilary Term the following year. Applications must be made on a form available from the Secretary of the Asian Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF (e-mail:, and should be submitted by the end of the second week of Hilary Term.

Applicants are asked to name one referee, normally the thesis supervisor, who should be requested to send in a reference directly to the Secretary of the Asian Studies Centre, St Antony's College, by the deadline.

A subcommittee of the Asian Studies Centre will consider the applications. It reserves the right to make no awards, in the event that no suitable applications are received. Successful candidates will be required to submit a brief report to the Asian Studies Centre on their use of the grants received, and notify the Centre upon completion of their degrees.

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Wai Seng Senior Research Scholarship

St Antony's College proposes to elect a Wai Seng Senior Research Scholar in Asia–Pacific Studies with effect from Michaelmas Term 2002. It is tenable at St Antony's College for two years and is open to all matriculated students of Oxford University working for a Doctor of Philosophy degree involving the study of the Asia--Pacific. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests are focused on China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan or on comparative Asian studies involving one of these territories.

The scholarship will cover approved university and college fees and will provide an annual maintenance of £7,500. If the successful candidate is not a member of the college s/he will be expected to move to St Antony's upon election to the scholarship. Applications (five copies, or one if you are doing field work overseas) should comprise: a letter including a statement, no more than two pages in length, describing the research the applicant proposes to carry out if elected to the scholarship; a curriculum vitae; an example of written work, which should normally be a draft chapter of the applicant's D.Phil. thesis and not more than 8,000 words (if you prefer to submit an alternative sample please state the reasons).

Candidates should ask three referees, one of whom would normally be your university supervisor, to provide, in confidence, comments on their academic progress, the value of the intended project, and other appropriate information to support the application. Election, by a committee of the Asian Studies Centre, will be made in Trinity Term.

Applications (and references) should be submitted to the Director of Asian Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF, not later than Friday of the seventh week in Hilary Term. There is no application form.

Each Wai Seng Senior Scholar will be expected to pursue his or her studies under supervision, as the Management Committee of the Asian Studies Centre may determine, and may be required to submit a satisfactory report upon the work he or she has accomplished, before receiving the final portion of the emoluments of the scholarship. He or she will also be expected to attend seminars and lectures organised by the Asian Studies Centre.

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