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Oxford University Gazette, 4 October 2007:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

James Martin Twenty-first Century School

Applications for funding, 2008–9 onwards

Applications are invited from individuals and groups within Oxford University for grants from the James Martin Twenty-first Century School to commence after 1 October 2008. Proposals may be for individual funding, to enable a scholar to work on a groundbreaking topic, or for the creation of a fixed-term programme or institute with a well-defined research agenda which focuses on a particular problem or opportunity of the twenty-first century.

The purpose of the James Martin Twenty-first Century School is to formulate new concepts, policies and technologies that will make our future world a better place to be. The School actively supports new and collaborative research and encourages members of the University to develop creative new areas and original styles of thinking. The vision of the School is to fund work which might not otherwise have received support through other channels; for instance, particularly novel ways of conceptualising a problem, an interdisciplinary collaboration, or bringing an eminent visitor working on the problems and opportunities of the Twenty-first century to the University as part of a larger School-funded project (although it will not limit its support to such initiatives).

Innovative proposals are welcomed from across the entire span of academic interests within the University on any significant twenty-first century challenge or opportunity. Two areas of potential possible interest for new approaches through interdisciplinary scholarship are: (i) the development and adoption of non-carbon energy, and (ii) new forms of global management to meet twenty-first century challenges.

Funding will, in most cases, not be awarded for more than three years, and shorter-term proposals will be welcomed. The School is likely only exceptionally to provide more than £200,000 per annum for any one institute or project and proposals for smaller amounts are encouraged.

Proposals from institutes which are currently funded by the School, either for an extension of all or part of their work, or for new projects, will be judged on a competitive basis along with the new proposals.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 19 November. Applicants will be notified in January 2008.

Further information and application forms may be found at

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Michael and Louisa Von Clemm Foundation Inc., Corpus Christi College, and Harvard University

Michael Von Clemm Fellowship 2008–9

Applications are invited for a Michael von Clemm Fellowship for study at Harvard University during the academic year 2008–9. The fellowship is in memory of Michael von Clemm (1935–97), who was a graduate of Harvard and a graduate student (and subsequently Honorary Fellow) of Corpus Christi College. It is open to undergraduates at the University of Oxford who will be entering their final year in October 2007 and also to those who will complete their degree in June 2007. It is intended to attract applicants of very high academic calibre and who have the personal qualities likely to conduce to success in an academic or a non-academic career. The holder will also be perceived (however informally) as an 'ambassadorial' representative of Oxford at Harvard, and should be content with and capable of that role.

The successful applicant will spend a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as a Special Student following a course of study or research of his or her choice (subject to the availability of tuition or supervision at Harvard); he/she must apply to and be registered at that School and no other. The fellowship is not intended for those wishing to study vocational subjects, such as Business Administration or Law. Potential applicants are advised to look at the School Web site

(, and should if possible list in their application the specific courses there which they hope to take.

The fellowship will meet the costs of all tuition at Harvard as well as travel between Boston and the UK and will provide an allowance sufficient to cover the costs of living at Harvard.

Those wishing to be considered should write to the College Secretary, Corpus Christi College, Oxford OX1 4JF (e-mail:, asking for further particulars and an application form, together with a copy of the information for referees. It is the responsibility of applicants to ask three referees to write directly to the same address. Completed application forms and references must reach the College Secretary not later than 26 October. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

It is expected that interviews will be held towards the end of November.

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Boise Fund

Research Awards

The Boise Fund was established by Mr Charles Watson Boise to support research on the antiquity and evolutionary origin of modern Homo sapiens and other hominins, with particular emphasis on the continued exploration of appropriate sites in Africa, and on the early migration of Palaeolithic communities.

The Committee for the administration of the Boise Fund invites applications from Oxford University-based researchers, including graduate students. Applications for amounts between £2,000 and £20,000 will be considered in this round. The Committee would be particularly pleased to support research proposals that are interdisciplinary and/or constitute pilot work for the establishment of larger, on-going projects. Proposals may include support for fieldwork, laboratory work and/or archival research. These awards are not intended to support conference attendance.

Applications for grants from the Fund should state aims, specifically including how the proposal would satisfy the purposes of the gift from Mr Boise, methods, and expected research output (maximum of one A4 page), estimated costs (maximum of one A4 page), and a curriculum vitae (maximum of one A4 page). University post-holders should nominate a senior member of academic staff at Oxford who could provide by e-mail a statement of support if requested by the Committee. Applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers must include a letter of support from their advisor or Head of Department, as appropriate.

The closing date for applications is 2 November. Applications and any enquiries about the fund should be sent to Mrs Judith Brown, MPLS Divisional Office, 9 Parks Road (telephone: Oxford (2)82464, e-mail:

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