Grants and Research Funding

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ROYAL COMMISSION FOR THE EXHIBITION OF 1851

Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering 2003

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 proposes to award approximately six two-year research fellowships in science or engineering in 2003 to young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise.

The fellowship stipend will be £19,000 for the first year, and £20,000 for the second year. Stipends are reviewed annually. The fellowships are open to candidates in any of the physical or biological sciences, mathematics, applied science, or any branch of engineering. Candidates in mathematics (including applied mathematics) and the pure sciences who wish to transfer into engineering or a branch of applied science are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants in science subjects must have a doctoral degree, or be in the final stages of their doctoral studies, which must be successfully completed before the provisional award of a fellowship will be confirmed. Candidates offering engineering must be of at least postgraduate standing.

Candidates must be recommended by professors or heads of departments of HEIs in the UK.

Applicants must be British, or citizens of the British Commonwealth or of the Republics of Ireland or Pakistan and they should preferably be less than thirty years old on 1 March 2003.

Fellowships may be held at any institution at home or abroad approved by the Commissioners, who will have a strong preference for candidates who wish to work at a university or institution other than the one at which they ad completed their studies. A conversion fellowship for mathematicians and pure scientists should preferably be held at an institution other than a university. If candidates wish to remain in the same place a very strong justification for their choice will be expected.

Applications should be sent to the Royal Commission by 28 February 2003. Appointments will be made in June 2003. Any queries on the scheme should be addressed direct to the Commission at the Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (telephone: 020-7594 8790, e-mail: RoyalCom1851@ic.ac.uk).

Further details and application forms may be obtained from Max Todd, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80299, e-mail: max.todd@admin.ox.ac.uk), or from the Royal Commission's Web site at http://www.royalcommission1851.org.uk.

Those considering applying for one of these fellowships are reminded that all applications for research funding from external sponsors, at whatever stage, must be endorsed on behalf of the University by Research Services. Further information regarding the procedure for this is available from http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/grants/processes.shtml.

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VARLEY-GRADWELL TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP IN INSECT ECOLOGY

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 31 March 2003 (enquiries—telephone: Oxford (2)82464, or e-mail: Judith.Brown@admin.ox.ac.uk).

The research proposal should include a budget and should not exceed two sides of A4 in length. Applicants should give the names and addresses of two referees. In the case of graduate students, one of the referees should be the supervisor. 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.

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PIRIE-REID SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications are invited for up to two Pirie-Reid Scholarships, tenable at the University of Oxford, from graduates (including persons expecting to graduate in 2003), in any and all fields, who wish to commence studying at Oxford in October 2003 for a degree or diploma.

Preference will be given to candidates applying from other universities, i.e. not already matriculated at Oxford, and to those who have lived in or been educated in Scotland. Candidates not fulfilling these criteria are unlikely to be successful.

The scholarships, which are to be awarded to persons wishing to begin a course of study in Oxford who would otherwise be prevented by lack of funds, will cover university and college fees and provide a grant for maintenance, subject to assessment of other sources of income (maintenance grants for 2002--3 will be £7,400 for postgraduate students). They are renewable from year to year, subject to satisfactory progress and continuance of approved full-time study.

Application forms for the Pirie-Reid Scholarships may be obtained by e-mail from judith.brown@admin.ox.ac.uk or by writing to Mrs J. Brown, LES Divisional Office, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB.

Candidates for the Pirie-Reid Scholarships are expected to have applied for admission to the University through the Graduate Admissions Office, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. Application forms and supporting information may be obtained by using the on-line request form at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/gsp/apply/.

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2003.

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BRITISH SCHOOL AT ROME

Residential awards for research in the humanities

The British School at Rome (BSR) offers residential awards to scholars, artists, and architects; provides research and residential facilities; supports research projects through financial and other help; undertakes its own research projects and programmes (including conferences, lectures, exhibitions, and taught courses) and publishes an annual research journal, and other volumes.

Applications are now invited for the following residential scholarships, awards, and fellowships:

Rome Fellowships and Rome Scholarships 2003--4

For research on the archaeology, art history, history, and literature of Italy. Applications will be considered in a single competition. The fellowships are intended to launch a major piece of postdoctoral research, while the scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants at pre-doctoral level who have begun a programme of research in the general field for which the scholarship is being sought. The awards cover a nine-month residency at the British School, including full board, and a research and travel grant (scholars—£444 per month; fellows—£475 per month). Holders of an AHRB studentship or similar award will receive £100 in total.

Rome Awards 2003--4

For research on the archaeology, art history, history, and literature of Italy. Applicants will normally have begun a programme of research in the general field for which the award is being sought. The awards are not normally suitable for people in established posts. The awards are for one- to four-month residencies, including full board and a research grant of £150 per month plus £180 travel allowance. Applicants should seek support from the AHRB and/or British Academy (or equivalent) and from their own university or college before applying to the BSR.

Tim Potter Memorial Award 2003--4

Awards to promote the study of Italian archaeological material by those of high academic potential who have had limited previous opportunity to visit Italy. Applicants must have graduated prior to taking up the award. Applications are also invited from those working in museums. The awards are for two- to four-month residencies, including full board, and include a research grant of £150 per month and a travel allowance of £500 per month.

Balsdon Fellowship 2003--4

For research on the archaeology, art history, history, and literature of Italy. The award is open to established scholars normally in post in a UK university, and offers a three-month residency including full board. A research and travel grant worth £650 is also included. In addition to pursuing personal research, the fellow is expected to take an interest in the work of other award-holders at the school, particularly those in fields close to his or her own, and will be requested to give a public lecture.

Hugh Last Fellowships 2003--4

For research on classical antiquity (excluding archaeological fieldwork and work on Roman Britain). The award is open to established scholars normally in post in a UK university, and offers a one- to four-month residency including full board. A research grant worth £150 per month plus £180 travel allowance is also included. In addition to pursuing personal research the fellow is expected to take an interest in the work of other award-holders at the School, particularly those in fields close to his or her own, and will be requested to give a public lecture.

Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship 2003--4

For research on classical antiquity (excluding archaeological fieldwork and work on Roman Britain). Open to established scholars normally in post in a UK university. The award offers a three-month residency, including full board, and a research and travel grant of £650.

Application procedure

Further information on the above awards, and application forms, are available from the Registrar, the British School at Rome, at the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH (telephone: 020-7969 5202, fax: 020-7969 5401, e-mail: bsr@britac.ac.uk, Web site (on which details and forms are available): http://www.bsr.ac.uk). Deadline for applications: 10 January.

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