Grants and Research Funding

Contents of this section:

[Note. An asterisk denotes a reference to a previously published or recurrent entry.]

Return to Contents Page of this issue


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 recognise and reward `excellence as a teacher and facilitator of students' 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, 17 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, 17 January.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Leslie Kirkley Fellowship

Sponsored by HelpAge International

The Leslie Kirkley Fellowship, sponsored by HelpAge International, is awarded annually to individuals, from the less developed world, who have demonstrated great potential or even proven excellence. The fellowship is intended to provide financial support to enable them to undertake a period of study and work of intellectual, scientific, social, or environmental value, and to share knowledge and experience within the field of ageing research, policy, or practice, at the Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford.

The Institute provides accommodation, Internet access, and supervision from the Director, Dr Sarah Harper, supporting the preparation of the fellow's paper. There is also opportunity to work with colleagues in similar fields.

The Leslie Kirkley Fellow should interact with, and benefit from, the network of centres and institutes at the University working in areas related to the research interests of the fellow. Visits may also be arranged to centres outside Oxford, including HelpAge International in London.

As the fellowship is limited to one term, it is essential that the fellow has a clearly defined research aim, within a realistic time frame. It should be a clear aim that the fellowship concludes with publication of work in the Institute's series of Working Papers. Where possible, links between the Institute and the fellow will be maintained after termination of the fellowship.

Further details and an application form are available from the Oxford Institute of Ageing, or from the Web site

The official deadline for applications is 31 December. However, potential candidates, who believe they meet the criteria, are encouraged to contact HelpAge International or the Oxford Institute of Ageing beyond this date. It may be possible for suitable candidates to be entered onto a waiting list.

Return to List of Contents of this section


Awards for Study in Paris

The trustees of the Philosophical Fellowship Fund, which was established in 1941 for the `furtherance of philosophical and/or scientific research', particularly with reference to research connected with France, now invite applications for support from candidates whose research would benefit in some significant respect from a period of up to six months to be spent working in Paris during the calendar year 2003.

Candidates should at present be working for a higher degree in philosophy or a related subject with strong philosophical associations, or should have been awarded such a degree not more than three years ago. Applications should be sent to Dr Sabina Lovibond, Worcester College, Oxford OX1 2HB, and should reach her by Friday, 17 January. Candidates should include, with their curriculum vitae, a brief description of their current research and study plans, and an explanation of what they hope to achieve through their stay in Paris. They should also give the names of two referees, whom they should ask to write directly to Dr Lovibond. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide a sample of their written work, of not more than 5,000 words in length. Interviews will be held during Hilary Term.

The exact amount of any awards that may be made will be assessed in the light of the successful candidate's or candidates' plans, but it is intended that they should be sufficient to cover the estimated basic costs of his or her travel to and stay in Paris. The trustees also hope to be able to find from among their philosophical contacts in Paris persons who will be willing to provide initial guidance and introductions there to successful candidates.

Return to List of Contents of this section