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Oxford University Gazette, 12 January 2006:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDY IN GERMANY

The following scholarships offering the opportunity for Oxford graduates and final-year undergraduates to study in Germany are available in the academic year 2006–7.

Hanseatic Scholarships

Two scholarships are available for graduate and undergraduate (final year) students at the University of Oxford, or the University of Cambridge. They are tenable for one or two years at any academic institution in Germany. The successful candidates must undertake research at doctoral or postdoctoral level, or give evidence of a workable project not connected to a research degree. There is the opportunity to obtain a German degree. The current value of the scholarships is 1,500 euro per month; travel expenses will also be covered. The scholarship is open to members of the University who are British citizens, under twenty-eight years of age by 1 October 2006, and who have either completed all the examinations required for the Oxford BA degree, or have embarked on a course of postgraduate study at the University.


Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship is available for graduate and undergraduate (final year) students at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is tenable for ten months from 1 October 2006 at any university, technical university, or art or music academy in Germany, and may be extended for a second year. The scholar will receive a monthly maintenance grant and remission of institution fees. A grant will be made to assist with travel expenses, and a small book grant will be available each term. The scholarship is open to members of the University who are British citizens, under thirty-two years of age by 1 October 2006, and who have either completed all the examinations required for the Oxford BA Degree, or have embarked on a course of postgraduate study at the University.


Theodor Heuss Research Fellowship

One fellowship is available for postgraduate or postdoctoral students at the University of Oxford. The fellowship is tenable for one year, in the first instance, at any university or other institution of higher learning in Germany. The holder of the fellowship will receive a monthly maintenance grant, which is currently 2,100 euro for postdoctoral fellows and 1,500 euro for doctoral students; travel expenses and institution fees will also be covered. The fellowship is open to members of the University who are British citizens, under thirty-two years of age by 1 October 2006, and who have either embarked on a course of postgraduate study or have already obtained a postgraduate qualification of the University. Further details of all three scholarships and information on how to apply may be obtained from the Student Funding and International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70241/(2)80487, e-mail: international.office@admin.ox.ac.uk, Web site: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/io/opps).

The closing date for the scholarships is Friday, 17 February.

Interviews will take place in Oxford on 13 March, and the decision of the selectors will be announced shortly thereafter.

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VARLEY-GRADWELL TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP IN INSECT ECOLOGY

Applications are invited for the Varley-Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology. A travelling fellowship, which may be of up to £2,000 in value, will be awarded for the support of fieldwork, travel, and other activity in the field of insect ecology.

Applications, which are invited from all institutions of higher education, are judged on their practicality and on their potential to make a contribution to insect ecology. Preference will be given to those in their early post-doctoral years, but strong applications from those at the graduate level have, in the past, been successful.

The fellowship will be tenable for one year commencing on a date to be agreed. It will not be renewable.

Applications should include: a curriculum vitae; a research proposal which should include a budget and which should not exceed two sides of A4 in length; the names and addresses of two referees. In the case of graduate students one of the referees should be the supervisor.

Applications should be sent to Mrs Judith Brown, Secretary to the Board of Management for the Varley-Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology, Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Office, 9 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PD, by 31 March 2006. (Enquiries: telephone Oxford (2)82464 or e-mail: Judith.Brown@admin.ox.ac.uk.)

Applicants are asked to note that, if large numbers of specimens would result from the work, the cost of follow up work should be shown in the budget, and details given of how, and by whom, they would be identified. In this case, applicants must also show their awareness of, and preparedness for, the need to work with local scientists and institutions in order to obtain full official permission for the export of any specimens back to the UK.

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OXFORD LEADERSHIP PRIZE

The 2006 Oxford Leadership Prize is open to everyone under the age of thirty connected to the University of Oxford. This includes undergraduates, postgraduates, alumni, faculty, and staff.

This year's question is: 'What new ideas and perspectives will characterise the successful leaders of tomorrow?' Submissions may be presented in any medium as long as they are capable of being judged remotely by somebody with access to a multimedia PC, e.g. an essay, poem, short story, opera, play, film, computer game, etc.

The prize is £3,500. There are two further awards of £1,000 for highly commended entrants.

Finalists will be invited for interview by the Prize Board (which includes Sir Ian Blair, Clare Short MP, and Dr John Hood) on 12 May.

Closing dates: registration by e-mail by Sunday, 5 February. Submission by Sunday, 26 March.

For more information, see the Web site www.oxfordleadershipprize.org.

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