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Supplement (1) to Oxford University Gazette No. 4745. Wednesday, 12 October 2005.
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Scholarships and Prizes 2005: Miscellaneous and Multidisciplinary


The African Studies Committee invites applications for the ORISHA Studentship for research in the Humanities in Africa from persons who will be registered as graduate students of the University from October 2006.

Students may be registered in any of the following disciplines: African Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Development Studies, History, Human Geography, Literature, Politics and International Relations, Religious Studies. Proposals must include a major focus on Africa. Applicants for the scholarship may be new candidates for admission to the University, or already registered as graduate students. The University of Oxford academic admissions procedure is separate from that for this scholarship.

For further details see the University Web site or e-mail: Those applying to the University for the first time should ensure that their application for entry is made before the deadline for this scholarship. Some departments have closing dates well before February. The scholarship can only be awarded to a student who has been accepted for study at the University. Candidates should note that an M.Sc. in African Studies is available (see African Studies Web site) and this can be used as the basis for doctoral studies in a discipline-based department such as Politics, Modern History, or the School of Geography and the Environment. There is no doctoral programme in African Studies.

The scholarship alternates between St Cross and St Antony's College. If not already a member of an Oxford college, candidates should name St Cross College as their college of first choice on their University and scholarship application form. St Antony's should be named as the college of second choice.

The scholarship is variable in the amount awarded. Generally, it will cover college and university fees at the home rate only and a maintenance allowance. However, it will cover full overseas fees where essential. Students from African countries are strongly encouraged to apply. The award is available for one- and two-year master's degrees as well as for three- year doctoral degrees. Renewal for two and three year periods is subject to satisfactory progress. Overseas students are encouraged to apply for supplementary funds such as the Overseas Research Studentship (ORS) award, or other sources both in their home countries and in Oxford. (For further details of other awards, see the University Web site.)

Application forms are available from: or from the African Studies Administrator, 12 Bevington Road, Oxford OX2 6LH or by e-mail: Applications and references should be sent to the administrator by 28 February 2006. E-mail applications are accepted. Candidates needing advice on research proposals and possible supervisors should, in the first instance, contact the Chair of the African Studies Committee, through the Administrator. Please note that short-listed candidates will be asked to submit written work of approximately 5,000 words by the end of March 2006. (Please do not send this with your initial application.)

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