Oxford University Gazette, 9 December 2004: Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Prizes, Grants, and Funding

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CENTRE FOR BRAZILIAN STUDIES

Hardship Fund: Brazilian Studies

Applications are invited from postgraduate students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Life and Environmental Sciences Divisions of the University whose research is on Brazil and who, because of unexpected difficulties, need financial assistance to complete their postgraduate studies.

Please note that financial assistance is only available to postgraduate students who are already at the University and awards are not normally made to students in their first year of study. Amounts do not normally exceed £2,000 per annum.

There is no application form and candidates should apply in writing to Professor Leslie Bethell, Director, Centre for Brazilian Studies. The letter should include: (i) name, college, degree being studied, and terms of admission; (ii) the faculty/department under which he/she is studying and the subject of the thesis; (iii) details of actual or estimated income and expenditure in the year for which financial assistance is requested; (iv) the amount of the grant requested.

Letters of application must be accompanied by separate and reasoned recommendations from the student's supervisor and from the head, senior tutor, or tutor for graduates from his or her college.

Applications for financial assistance for 2004–5 should be submitted by the end of noughth week in Hilary Term and will be considered by the Committee in week 1 of term.

Applications should be sent to: Julie Smith, Administrator, Centre for Brazilian Studies, 92 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7ND (e-mail: julie.smith@brazil.ox.ac.uk).

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PHILIP GEDDES MEMORIAL PRIZES 2005

The Philip Geddes and Clive Taylor prizes are awarded each year for outstanding work in student journalism. The maximum value of both prizes is £1,000.

The Clive Taylor prize is awarded for sports journalism. There is also a St Edmund Hall Prize for which the maximum value is £500. The Philip Geddes prize is open to undergraduate members of the University who, by the end of Trinity Term 2005 will have completed the second year of their degree course; the Clive Taylor prize is open to both graduate and undergraduate students of the University. All candidates are expected to have involved themselves in journalism, including radio, television, or photography, in the University and elsewhere. Any student of St Edmund Hall who has fulfilled the appropriate conditions is free to apply for the Geddes or Taylor prize and the St Edmund Hall prize.

Candidates are asked to submit the following: (a) four copies of examples of a minimum of three and a maximum of six pieces of journalistic work completed whilst at the University, and (b) four copies of an outline of a specific journalistic project upon which the candidate proposes to spend the award. Applicants who do not submit the required number of copies or who submit more than the required pieces of work will be ineligible for the Prize.

Entries should reach Professor Richard Crampton at St Edmund Hall by midday on Wednesday, 9 February. It is hoped that interviews will take place on the morning of Wednesday, 16 February. Candidates should therefore keep that time free; because some interviewers have to come from outside Oxford alternative times cannot be arranged. Envelopes should be clearly marked `Philip Geddes Award' or `Clive Taylor Award'. The prize will be judged by two practising journalists, one fellow of St Edmund Hall and one other senior member of the University.

Candidates should ask their tutor to write separately to Professor Richard Crampton at St Edmund Hall, certifying that the candidate's journalism has not interfered with his or her academic work.

The awards are made on the condition that successful candidates later submit a report or project which demonstrates the use to which the prize-money was put. This report or project may then be added to the candidate's portfolio when applying for jobs in the media.

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ROYAL COMMISSION FOR THE EXHIBITION OF 1851

Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering 2005

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 proposes to award approximately six two-year research fellowships in science or engineering in 2005 to young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise.

The fellowship stipend will be £21,700 for the first year, and £22,800 for the second year. Stipends are reviewed annually. In addition a London Weighting of £2,134 is payable in appropriate cases.

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 normally have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree, or be in the final stages of their doctora studies, which must be successfully completed before the provisional award of a fellowship will be confirmed. Candidates offering engineering do not have to be in possession of a Ph.D. (or equivalent) but must be of at least doctoral standard.

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 of age on 1 March 2005.

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 25 February 2005. Appointments will be made in June 2002. 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@imperial.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 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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Industrial Fellowships 2005

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 proposes to offer about six industrial fellowships in 2005 to graduates working in British industry to encourage profitable innovation and creativity.

The fellowships are tenable for up to three years and provide 50 per cent of the fellow's salary (up to a limit of £20,000 per annum, reviewed annually) and university fees and overseas travel expenses (up to £3,500 per annum). An honorarium of £10,000 will be paid to the fellow's university on completion of the fellowship.

Applicants should: have a good first degree in an appropriate discipline; be employed by a British company; have identified a research and/or development topic, leading to a patent, product or process specification within the timescale of the award; have an established link with appropriate staff at a British university; be British nationals, resident in the UK; normally be within two years from graduation. Older candidates may apply but it is unlikely that those already with substantial postgraduate qualification will be accepted.

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

Advice on how to apply is available from the Royal Commission's Web site at www.royalcommission1851.org.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday, 28 January 2005.

Enquiries should be addressed to Mr J. Middleton, CB, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (telephone: 020-7594 8790, fax: 020-7594 8794, e-mail: RoyalCom1851@imperial.ac.uk, Web site: http://www.royalcommission1851.org.uk).

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