Scholarships and Prizes 2002:
Travel


ASTOR TRAVEL FUND

(i) Visits to the USA

The Astor Travel Fund provides grants towards the cost of visits by members of the University's academic and academic-related staff (including Post Doctoral Research Assistants and Junior Research Fellows) to laboratories, hospitals, libraries, and similar institutions within the USA, which will enhance their teaching and research. Grants are for internal travel and subsistence within the USA, not transatlantic travel. Grants may not be used to cover of the cost of conference attendance but may be used to facilitate other travel and subsistence in the USA on the occasion of a conference visit. Grants are usually awarded to help fund short visits, but applications for funds towards longer visits are not excluded. The maximum award normally made will be £400.

Applications may be made by members of the University's academic and academic-related staff, and other scholars and scientists from the British Isles. They are considered in open competition. Priority will be given to applicants who are
(a) employees of the University, related institutions, or colleges and/or eligible to be members of a faculty of the University, and
(b) have not received grants from the fund within the two years preceding their application. Retrospective grants will only be made in exceptional circumstances.

It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that one referee (a senior member of the applicant's department or faculty currently in post) writes in confidence to the Secretary of the Board of Management by the closing date for applications.

(ii) Visitors from the USA

Grants may be provided to enable distinguished scholars and scientists from the USA to visit the University to lecture and carry out research. It is normally expected that such visitors should contribute to established research programmes. Applications should be made by members of the University's academic staff and are considered on a competitive basis.

Grants for such visits may be used only for internal travel and subsistence within the UK, not transatlantic travel. Visitors are usually expected to be accommodated within the University at academic rates. The maximum award normally made will be £400.

Application forms

Application forms for schemes (i) and (ii) above are available from Max Todd, Secretary to the Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: Max.Todd@admin.ox.ac.uk; telephone: Oxford (2)80299; fax: Oxford (2)80569).

Closing dates

Grants under schemes (i) and (ii) above are offered once a term and once in the Long Vacation. A completed application form and a supporting reference should be sent to the Secretary to the Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund at the address above by the appropriate closing date show below:

Michaelmas Term: Friday, 1 November 2002

Hilary Term: Friday, 7 February 2003

Trinity Term: Friday, 16 May 2003

Long Vacation: Thursday, 31 July 2003

(iii) Astor Visiting Lecturerships

This scheme provides funding to support up to one-week residential appointments for distinguished visitors from the United States.

Lecturerships may be held in any non-clinical department or faculty (Litchfield Lecturerships provide similar opportunities for clinical departments). In view of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the lecturers' activites, recommendations for lecturerships should be made by heads of division. If a potential lecturer's visit would be of interest to other disciplines, the proposed host department should discuss this with other relevant departments prior to submission of the recommendation.

Visitors will be required to deliver at least one well-publicised lecture, and participate in college and department activities, including teaching and research. The board expects that heads of department or their nominees based in Oxford will make all the arrangements for the visitor's accommodation and programme.

The Board of Management for the Astor Travel Fund invites heads of division to make recommendations for appointment to Astor Visiting Lectureships in the 2003 calendar year. Recommendations should cover the following points:

—the department in which the lecturership would be held and name of the staff member responsible for arranging the visit;

—proposed dates of visit;

—costs of air fare, UK travel and subsistence;

—an outline programme;

—likely attendance levels at lectures.

A brief curriculum vitae is also required.

Recommendations should reach Max Todd, Secretary to the Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, by Friday, 1 November 2002.

The lecturerships are awarded on a competitive basis. Funding will cover reasonable (i.e. economy or standard) travel and subsistence expenses plus an honorarium of £200, subject to a maximum of £1,500 (including honorarium). Grants awarded in respect of visitors in 2002 ranged between £750 and £1,400.


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