Grants and Research Funding

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Joan Conway Fund

Joan Conway Scholarships in Performance Studies 2003–4

The Board of Management of the Conway Fund intends to award up to five Joan Conway Scholarships in Performance Studies, to be granted in 2003--4 to students of music at Oxford (undergraduates and postgraduates) wishing to undertake advanced studies in the musical performance, historical performance practice, or the study of musical instruments.

The Joan Conway Scholars are ordinarily awarded sums up to a maximum of £750, depending on their specific requirements. The scholarships are intended to cover specific costs incurred by students for special performance tuition fees (excluding basic tuition), registration in advanced courses or masterclasses, travel expenses, or any other costs directly related to the study and research of musical performance. A number of smaller bursaries are also available. Applications will need to declare what part of these expenses is being met from other sources.

Applications should include a detailed plan of expenditure, and should reach the Faculty of Music by Friday of fifth week of Trinity Term 2003 (30 May). The Board reserves the right to audition applicants. It is expected that applicants will be informed of the Board's decisions by the end of ninth week of Trinity Term. Applicants should provide full vacation contact details in the event that they may be contacted after the end of that term. The awards will be publicised in the Faculty of Music and mentioned in its Annual Report. Receipts and a brief written report are required from each Conway Scholar by the end of the year of the award. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a public concert in Oxford during the academic year following the year in which the award was made. Expenses incurred by the participation in the concert will be met from the fund, but no performing fee will be payable.

Applications should be sent to Mrs Cathy Wright, Faculty Administrator and Board Secretary, Faculty of Music, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB.

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Doctoral Studentship Scheme

Introduced last year, this scheme has been created to help the funding of graduate students with Oxford D.Phil. status, or those who will hold that status from 1 October 2003. Four studentships were awarded in October 2002, one attached to Lincoln College.

The department is offering up to four such awards commencing in the academic year 2003–4. Each award offers funding of £8,000 per annum for two years. A condition of the award is that holders will be required to undertake teaching duties for the department or a college of four hours per week during term, as specified by the Head of Department (or Senior Tutor in respect of the college-associated studentships). From 1 October 2003, both University College and Wadham College have expressed their willingness to participate in the department's scheme. Where a fees-only award permits their doing so, successful candidates may simultaneously hold a doctoral studentship.

Applicants should send three copies of their curriculum vitae and the names of two referees, one of whom must be their doctoral supervisor, to the Administrator, Department of Economics, Manor Road Building, Oxford OX1 3UQ (e-mail:, by 31 May. Applicants should ensure that their referees write directly to the department by the closing date.

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The Oppenheimer Fund provides grants to assist the academic exchange of senior members between the University of Oxford on the one hand and universities and similar institutions of higher education in the Republic of South Africa on the other. Applications are invited from senior members of the University who wish either to visit one or more universities in South Africa or to invite a staff member from a South African university to Oxford. Grants may be awarded to assist with living expenses for a maximum of six months, and travel costs. Visits for the sole purpose of attending a conference will not normally be eligible for support from the fund.

The maximum level of grants is likely to be up to £1,000 per month for subsistence and up to £700 for the cost of travel between Oxford and South Africa. Applications for grants from the fund should include a statement of the purpose of the proposed visit (including an outline of any research to be carried out during the visit), duration and estimated costs, details of any other available sources of funding, and, in the case of visits to Oxford, a curriculum vitae of the staff member it is proposed to invite and a letter of support from a senior member at Oxford.

The closing date for applications is 16 May. Applications and enquiries should be sent to Mrs Katharine McGuire, International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)70134).

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