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Oxford University Gazette, 24 November 2005:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding


The deadline for the Junior Paget Toynbee Prize has now been extended until Friday of week 9 in Michaelmas Term (9 December). Please contact the Secretary, Taylor Institution, 41 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JF for any further information.

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Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering 2006

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 proposes to award approximately six two-year research fellowships in science or engineering in 2006 to young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise.

The fellowship stipend will be £22,800 for the first year, and £24,000 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 doctoral 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 Ph.D. 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 old on 1 March 2006.

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 23 February 2006. Appointments will be made in June 2006. Any queries on the scheme should be addressed direct to the Commission at Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (telephone: 020-7594 8790, e-mail:

Further details and application forms may be obtained from Litsa Biggs, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: (2)70012, e-mail:, or from the Royal Commission's Web site at

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.a

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