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Oxford University Gazette, 28 April 2005:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding


The steering committee which makes recommendations for grants from the Hulme University Fund now invites applications for the 2005–6 awards.

Under the Scheme for the Hulme Fund, Brasenose College applies one-third of the income which it receives from the relevant trust for the promotion of education and research in the University by grants designed to relieve the 'special needs of university faculties or institutions' or to promote 'the special purposes of any study or research pursued in or connected to the University'. The college is required to have regard to proposals made by Council, whose approval is also required for grants.

Each year the committee decides on a particular theme and invites appropriate applications. This year, the topic chosen for 2005–6 is 'Collaborative research projects which depend on the World Wide Web'.

Attention is drawn particularly to the restrictions of the fund to 'special needs' and 'special purposes': it is not intended to support normal departmental commitments or items which might properly be charged to general university funds. Nor for that matter does it support what might be classed as 'luxury items'. Applications should therefore make clear why the case is considered to be 'special' and a 'need'. Grants from the Hulme Fund do not normally exceed £5,000–£6,000. It would also be acceptable for a grant to be used as part of a package of support where funds for a particular project are drawn from different sources, and the committee will also consider applications where the ability to carry out the project is dependent on the success of funding applications still under consideration by other bodies. Approved grants can be claimed as expenditure is incurred. There is no requirement for all expenditure to be claimed during 2005–6.

The closing date is 20 May 2005, and the results of applications should be known the following term. Applications should be made in writing (or may be e-mailed) to the secretary of the steering committee, Michael McCusker, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail:, giving details of the project, the costs involved, and any other sources of funding available or being sought.

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Titular Fellowships

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is inviting nominations for fellowships tenable for up to six months in developed or developing countries of the Commonwealth. These Fellowships are open to the academic and administrative staff, or the nominees, of ACU member universities and are offered in subject areas in which the needs of developing countries are particularly great. The University is invited to make two nominations for these awards. At least one of the nominations must be for a staff member from a University in another ACU member country, or from the industrial, commercial or public sector to visit Oxford. Eligible candidates must be members of the University staff and be aged between twenty-eight and fifty.

Further information and application forms are available from the International Office (telephone: Oxford (2)70134). Deadline for applications via the International Office: 17 August.

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British Academy/ACU Grants for International Collaboration

Funds are available to support international joint activities, involving British scholars in collaboration with Commonwealth partners for advanced research, at postdoctoral or equivalent level or beyond in the fields of the humanities and social sciences. Applications must be for projects involving genuine collaborative work between a defined group of scholars in one, or possibly two, other Commonwealth countries. Priority will be given to applications involving the initiation of a new programme where there is an expectation of continued collaboration, or a defined outcome such as planned joint publications. The awards are tenable for one year only and provide a maximum of £5,000 for travel, maintenance, and research costs incurred in partner countries. The application form and further details are available on the ACU Web site at Candidates should apply directly to ACU before 30 September.

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The Timothy Bailey Trust has been set up in memory of Timothy Bailey, a biology graduate of Christ Church. It aims to provide financial support to students of the University to assist them in undertaking any extra-curricular project or expedition relating to the biological sciences.

The Timothy Bailey Scholarship is awarded annually with money from the Timothy Bailey Trust Fund. Applicants should produce a written proposal of 500–1,000 words stating clearly: (a) the background to, and aims of, the activity; (b) how a successful outcome to the activity will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of any aspect of biology; (c) detailed work plans for a successful outcome; (d) how, in the event of a successful application, the award will contribute to this outcome.

Three copies of each application should be addressed as follows: The Timothy Bailey Scholarship, c/o Professor Sarah E. Randolph, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS.

Entries will be judged by the Trustees whose decision is final. The Timothy Bailey Scholarship will be awarded annually to the value of £500. The winning applicant(s) will be expected to acknowledge the support of the Timothy Bailey Trust in any reports or scientific papers arising from any activity supported by the Trust. They should also provide a written report of 2,000 words to the Trustees upon completion of the research and travel supported.

The closing date for applications this year will be 6 May, and the successful applicant(s) will be notified soon after 14 May. Further details can be found at

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