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Oxford University Gazette, 22 June 2007:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Association of Commonwealth Universities

ACU Titular Fellowships

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) invites nominations for ACU 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.

Fellowships are not intended for degree courses, immediately postdoctoral programmes or where the sole purpose is to attend a conference. They cannot be held in the country in which the applicant currently works, and cannot be held in conjunction with other awards.

Up to £5,000 is available according to the actual programme, and intended to cover international return airfare, in-country travel, medical insurance, board and lodging and fees (if the approved programme includes a formal training programme).

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, be of proven high ability, and be aged between 28 and 50. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Further information and application forms are available from ACU's Web site

( and then click on the link to Scholarships and Fellowships) and the International Office (telephone: (2)70190). The deadline for applications via the International Office is 24 August.

British Academy/ACU Grants for International Collaboration

Funds are available to support projects in the the humanities and social sciences involving joint research between an ACU member institution in the UK (this includes Oxford) and an ACU member institution in another Commonwealth country.

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. Preference will be given to projects from any discipline that consider the political, economic or cultural relations between countries or regions of the world.

The awards are tenable for one year only and provide a maximum of £5,000 for travel, maintenance, and approved research costs incurred in partner countries.

The application form and further details are available on the ACU Web site

( and then click on the link to Scholarships and Fellowships). Candidates should apply directly to the ACU before 15 October.

Hulme University Fund

The steering committee that makes recommendations for grants from the Hulme University Fund now invites applications for the 2007–8 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 2007–8 is 'Crime and Punishment'.

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 2007–8 grants will not exceed £10,000. 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 2009–10.

The closing date is Friday, 27 July, and the results of applications should be known in Michaelmas 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:, giving details of the project, the costs involved, and any other sources of funding available or being sought.

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