Scholarships and Prizes 2002:

BEIT FUND 2002–3

Awards for Junior Members

The Beit Fund is used for any purpose that will promote the study of the History of the British Empire and Commonwealth in the University of Oxford. A Board of Management administers the fund, and awards grants and an annual research scholarship. The Board normally meets in Trinity Term only; potential applicants should bear this in mind when planning their schedules for research abroad and apply in good time in the appropriate year. Grants are not normally made retrospectively.

Applications for grants and for the research scholarship should be made on the standard junior members' form which is available from Max Todd, the Secretary to the Beit Fund Board of Management, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)80299; e-mail: Applicants for the scholar- ship are also required to submit a piece of their written work of no more than 5,000 words in length.

The completed form and any additional material supplied should be returned to the Secretary to the Beit Fund Board of Management, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, by the end of Week 9, Hilary Term (i.e. Friday, 21 March 2003).

Applicants should themselves write directly to three referees asking them without further request to send a confidential reference to the Secretary by the same date. One of the referees shold be your supervisor. Referees should be asked to provide, in confidence, comments on the applicant's academic progress, the value of the intended project, and the reaons for which the funding is being requested. Referees may find it useful to rceive a copy of this note.


The Board of Management of the Beit Fund will consider applications from full-time students on a course of study leading to a graduate degree of the University in the field of the History of the British Empire and Commonwealth. Applicants will be expected to show that their research contains a substantial element of Imperial or Commonwealth History. Applicants may apply for grants to enable them to:

(a) to examine archives in this country or abroad (see `Grants for overseas research' below); or

(b) complete a course of research which would otherwise have to be curtailed through financial difficulty (see `Grants for maintenance' below); or

(c) publish a thesis approved by the examiners and considered by them to be of exceptional merit, provided that the work for this is normally carried out in Oxford.

It should be noted that students in their first year of study, and those who do not have a strong historical element to their studies, are unlikely to receive a grant. PRS and M.Phil. students will not normally receive a grant until change of status to D.Phil. has been attained.

Grants for overseas research

Grants for overseas research trips will not normally exceed £2,500 and are conditional on the award holders submitting a satisfactory report on work undertaken during the trip. Applicants should obtain several competitive quotations for airfares. Award holders will be entitled to cover under the University's travel insurance scheme and may obtain further infromation about this from their departmental/faculty administrator.

Grants for maintenance

Maintenance grants of up to £2,000 will be considered for those nearing the end of their studies who might otherwise be unable to complete their research. However, the Beit Fund is unable to provide continuing maintenance other than through the research scholarship (see below).

Research Scholarship in Commonwealth History

An election to a research scholarship will be held each Trinity Term. The scholarship is open to all members of the University who have not exceeded twenty-one terms from their matriculation, and who have either passed or entered for the necessary examinations for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts, or been admitted to a course of study leading to a graduate degree of the University. Successful applicants are expected to be well advanced in their research. Applications from PRS students will not be considered.

The Scholarship is tenable for one year from Michaelmas Term, at a value of up to £8,788 plus approved university and college fees. However the Board of Management may reduce the value if, in its opinion, the financial resources of the successful candidate make it appropriate to do so. The Board may extend the scholarship, at the end of the year, for a period not exceeding one further year.

Applicants should complete the standard junior members' form (see above) and provide an example of written work of not more than 5,000 words in length. Applications should reach the Secretary to the Board of Management of the Beit Fund, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, no later than Friday, 21 March 2003. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that three references reach the Secretary by the closing date. Short-listed applicants will be asked to attend interviews in May or June.

Each scholar will be expected to pursue his or her studies under such supervision as the Board of Management may determine. He or she may be required to submit a satisfactory report upon the work accomplished before receiving the final portion of the scholarship funding. He or she will also be expected to attend the Commonwealth History Seminar.

Awards for Senior Members

Grants may be made to senior members, principally for travel connected with their research projects. Applications should be submitted on the standard senior members' form available from Max Todd, Secretary to the Board of Management, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80299, e-mail:

There are two closing dates for applications: Friday of Week 5, Michaelmas Term (15 November 2002) and Friday of Week 9, Hilary Term (21 March 2003).

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