Scholarships and Prizes 2002:
BEIT FUND 20023
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
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: Max.Todd@admin.ox.ac.uk). Applicants for
ship are also required to submit a piece of their written work of no more than 5,000 words
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
The Scholarship is tenable for one year from Michaelmas Term, at a value of up to
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 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
Awards for Senior Members
Grants may be made to senior members, principally for travel connected with their research
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: Max.Todd@admin.ox.ac.uk).
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).
STUDENTSHIP IN HISTORY 2003