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Oxford University Gazette, 20 October 2005:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding


Industrial Fellowships 2006

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 proposes to offer about six industrial fellowships in 2006 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:

Advice on how to apply is available from the Royal Commission's Web site at The closing date for applications is Thursday, 26 January 2006.

Any queries should be addressed direct to Mr M. Shirley, C.Eng., Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, the Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (telephone: 020-7594 8790, fax: 020-7594 8794, e-mail:, Web site: ).

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The Oppenheimer Fund provides grants to assist the academic exchange of senior members between the University of Oxford on the one hand and universities and similar institutions of higher education in the Republic of South Africa on the other. Applications are invited from senior members of the University who wish either to visit one or more universities in South Africa or to invite a staff member from a South African university to Oxford. Grants may be awarded to assist with living expenses for a maximum of six months, and travel costs. Visits for the sole purpose of attending a conference will not normally be eligible for support from the fund.

The maximum level of grants is likely to be up to £1,000 per month for subsistence and up to £700 for the cost of travel between Oxford and South Africa. Applications for grants from the fund should include a statement of the purpose of the proposed visit (including an outline of any research to be carried out during the visit), duration and estimated costs, details of any other available sources of funding, and, in the case of visits to Oxford, a curriculum vitae of the staff member it is proposed to invite and a letter of support from a senior member at Oxford.

The closing date for applications is 25 November. Applications and any enquiries about the fund should be sent to James Tibbert, International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford (telephone: (2)70134), e-mail:

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The Soudavar Fund provides small grants to assist students from Iran who are studying for a degree at the University of Oxford and who are facing financial difficulty. The value of each grant is usually between £500 and £2,500. Application forms can be obtained from the Student Funding and International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70134, e-mail: Applications should be submitted by 9 December.

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