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Oxford University Gazette, 25 May 2006:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Eldon Law Scholarship 2007

The Board of the Faculty of Law announces that the Eldon Law Scholarship, value not less than £6,250 per annum, is awarded annually to be held for up to two years.

Candidates must be members of the University of Oxford who:

(a) have passed their examination in any Second Public Examination, or for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or for the Degree of Magister Juris; and

(b) have either been placed in the First Class or been awarded a distinction in one or other of these examinations or in Honour Moderations or have gained one of the Chancellor's Prizes; and

(c) intend to follow the profession of the Law; and

(d) have applied for one of the scholarships either before, or within two years next following, the date of their call to the Bar. Candidates will be required to sign a declaration that they intend to practise at the Bar in the United Kingdom. Until they have been called to the Bar, Scholars must produce proof that they have regularly kept their terms, unless prevented by illness, at one of the Inns of Court. In general the policy of the awarding committee is to give preference to a candidate who has completed his or her Oxford education, and will, at the date of the interview, be undertaking the vocational stage of training prior to entry into pupillage. Applications, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, must be sent to the Secretary to the Eldon Committee (on a form obtainable from him), Law Faculty Office, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford OX1 3UL (e-mail: ray.morris@law.ox.ac.uk), not later than Friday, 27 October, in a sealed envelope marked 'Eldon Scholarship Application'. The Eldon Law Scholarship Committee will summon those candidates they wish to interview in Oxford on Saturday, 27 January 2007.

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Hulme University Fund

The steering committee which makes recommendations for grants from the Hulme University Fund now invites applications for the 2006–7 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. The topic chosen for 2006–7 is 'Energy and the Environment'. 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'. The steering committee has decided that for the year 2006–7 grants will not exceed £6,000. It would 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 will be transferred into the care of an appropriate department or college. A detailed report of the completed project, together with the repayment of unused balance, must be submitted to the steering committee no later than the end of the academic year 2008–9.

The closing date is 7 July 2006, and the results of applications should be known the following term. Applications must be made in writing to the secretary of the steering committee, Mr A.D. Mann, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: alexander.mann@admin.ox.ac.uk), giving details of the project, the costs involved, and any other sources of funding available or being sought.

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Association of Commonwealth Universities

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). The deadline for applications, to be submitted through the International Office, is 25 August.

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British Academy and the Association of Commonwealth Universities

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 www.acu.ac.uk. Candidates should apply directly to ACU before 30 September 2006.

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