Scholarships and Prizes 2003: Travel

ASTOR TRAVEL FUND

(i) Visits to the USA

The Astor Travel Fund provides grants towards the cost of visits by members of the University's academic and academic-related staff (including Post Doctoral Research Assistants and Junior Research Fellows) to laboratories, hospitals, libraries, and similar institutions within the USA, which will enhance their teaching and research. Grants are for internal travel and subsistence within the USA, not transatlantic travel. Grants may not be used to cover of the cost of conference attendance but may be used to facilitate other travel and subsistence in the USA on the occasion of a conference visit. Grants are usually awarded to help fund short visits, but applications for funds towards longer visits are not excluded. The maximum award normally made will be £400. Applications may be made by members of the University's academic and academic-related staff (including Post Doctoral Research Assistants and Junior Research Fellows), and by other scholars and scientists from the British Isles. Applications are considered in open competition. Priority will be given to applicants who are
(a) employees of the University, related institutions, or colleges and/or eligible to be members of a faculty of the University, and
(b) have not received grants from the fund within the two years preceding their application. Retrospective grants will only be made in exceptional circumstances.

It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that one referee (a senior member of the applicant's department or faculty currently in post) writes in confidence to the Secretary of the Board of Management by the closing date for applications.

(ii) Visitors from the USA

Grants may be provided to enable distinguished scholars and scientists from the USA to visit the University to lecture and carry out research. It is normally expected that such visitors should contribute to established research programmes. Applications should be made by members of the University's academic staff and are considered on a competitive basis.

Grants for such visits may be used only for internal travel and subsistence within the UK, not transatlantic travel. Visitors are usually expected to be accommodated within the University at academic rates. The maximum award normally made will be £400.

Applications forms

Application forms for schemes (i) and (ii) above are available from Max Todd, Secretary to the Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: Max.Todd@admin.ox.ac.uk; telephone: Oxford (2)80299; fax: Oxford (2)80569).

Closing dates

Grants under schemes (i) and (ii) above are offered once a term and once in the Long Vacation. A completed application form and a supporting reference should be sent to the Secretary to the Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund at the address above by the Friday of week 3 of each term or by 31 July in the Long Vacation.

The closing dates for 2003--4 are: Michaelmas Term: Friday, 31 October 2003 Hilary Term: Friday, 6 February 2004 Trinity Term: Friday, 14 May 2004 Long Vacation: Saturday, 31 July 2004

(iii) Astor Visiting Lecturerships

The Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund invites heads of division to make recommendations for appointments to Astor Visiting Lectureships for the calendar year 2004.

Astor Visiting Lecturerships provide funding for visits by distinguished academics from the United States for up to one week. Funding will cover reasonable (i.e. economy or standard) travel and subsistence expenses plus an honorarium of £200, subject to a maximum of £1,500 (including honorarium). Awards make for visiting lecturers in 2003 ranged from £900 to £1,450.

Lecturerships may be held in any non-clinical department or faculty. (Litchfield Lecturerships provide similar opportunities for clinical departments.) In view of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the lecturers' activities, the Board of Management asks that recommendations for lecturerships be made by heads of division. If a potential lecturer's visit would be of interest to other disciplines, the proposed host department should discuss this with other relevant departments prior to submission of the recommendation.

Lecturerships are awarded on a competitive basis. Nominations for two or more lecturers should be presented in order of priority, with reasons for the proposed rankings.

Application forms are available from Max Todd, Secretary to the Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD (e-mail: max.todd@admin.ox.ac.uk; tel. 01865 2-80299; fax 01864 2-80569). The closing date is Friday, 22 October 2004 (Friday of Week 2).


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