University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 17 January 2008:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Zvi Meitar/Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize

This prestigious research prize will be awarded to scholars in the early stages of their career who have shown outstanding promise. The prize is intended to support the further career development of young researchers within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Two awards, each of £35,000, will be made each year, one to be held within Humanities, one within the Social Sciences. The awards may be used to support and develop the research activity of those employed by the University or by one of its colleges on research or teaching contracts. The money can be used either directly on research projects, or to 'buy-out' time for research leave. The research that is funded should produce a scholarly publication that acknowledges the prize as the funding source. It is intended that the publications will become part of a special collection or series.

Eligibility. Candidates should ordinarily have been awarded their D.Phil or Ph.D no more than five years prior to the time of their application for an award. They should be employed on a teaching or research contract by a department or faculty within the Social Sciences or Humanities Divisions, or by a college of the University.

The awarding panel may take into account other sources of research support available to or held by the candidate. The panel is unlikely to support an application the aim of which is to fund a conference. The panel will welcome applications which indicate innovative work.

Application process. Applications for prizes in 2007–8 should be submitted to the office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Academic Services, and University Collections by Friday of eighth week of Hilary Term (7 March), and will be considered by the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Academic Services, and University Collections, the Heads of the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions, and one head of house. It is hoped that awards will be announced by the end of April.

The applications should be no longer than four sides of A4, and should contain a short summary of achievements so far, and the future direction of the research to be undertaken following receipt of the prize.

Applications should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a copy of a representative piece of recent scholarly work and details of other research funding available or held already. Candidates should explain their case in terms that will be comprehensible to a generalist audience of academics. Candidates should ask two referees (who should generally be members of the collegiate University) to write directly to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Academic Services, and University Collections by the closing date. Referees are asked to explain in particular the importance of the research for the candidate's career and the impact which the research is likely to have on the candidate's discipline. The reference should also include any comments that the referee feels able to give in respect of the candidate's expertise and record of achievement, as well as an assessment of the research that the candidate plans to carry out if awarded the prize.

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St Edmund Hall

Philip Geddes Memorial Prizes 2008

The Philip Geddes and Clive Taylor prizes are awarded each year for outstanding work in student journalism. The maximum value of both prizes is £1,000. The Clive Taylor prize is awarded for sports journalism. There is also a St Edmund Hall Prize for which the maximum value is £500.

The Philip Geddes prize is open to undergraduate members of the University who, by the end of Trinity Term 2008 will have completed the second year of their degree course; the Clive Taylor prize is open to both graduate and undergraduate students of the University. All candidates are expected to have involved themselves in journalism, including radio, television, or photography, in the University and/or elsewhere. Any student of St Edmund Hall who has fulfilled the appropriate conditions is free to apply for the Geddes or Taylor prize and the St Edmund Hall prize.

Candidates are asked to submit the following: (a) four copies of examples of a minimum of three and a maximum of six pieces of journalistic work completed whilst at the University, and (b) four copies of an outline (maximum 500 words) of a specific journalistic project upon which the candidate proposes to spend the award. Applicants who do not submit the required number of copies or who submit more than the required pieces of work will be ineligible for the prize.

Entries should reach Ms Penny Alden, Tutorial Secretary, St Edmund Hall, Oxford OX1 4AR, by midday on Friday, 15 February. It is hoped that interviews will take place on the morning of Thursday, 28 February. Candidates should therefore keep that time free; because some interviewers have to come from outside Oxford alternative times cannot be arranged. Envelopes should be clearly marked 'Philip Geddes Award' or 'Clive Taylor Award'.

The prize will be judged by two practising journalists, one fellow of St Edmund Hall, and one other senior member of the University.

Candidates should ask their tutor to write separately to Dr David Priestland at St Edmund Hall, certifying that the candidate's journalism has not interfered with his or her academic work.

The awards are made on the condition that successful candidates later submit a report or project which demonstrates the use to which the prize-money was put. This report or project may then be added to the candidate's portfolio when applying for jobs in the media.

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