University of Oxford


Oxford University Gazette, 24 July 2008:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize 2009

The Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize, the value of which is £750, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, is open to members of the University, who, on the closing date for receipt of essays, have qualified by examination for the degree of BA and have not exceeded seven years from matriculation or have qualified by examination for any other degree of the University and have not exceeded four years from matriculation or, not being graduates of the University, are pursuing a course of study leading to a postgraduate degree of the University and have not exceeded three years from their matriculation. An additional prize, of £350, may be awarded. The subject of the prize has yet to be confirmed.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'The Matthew Arnold Prize', to Ms K. Atherton, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than Friday, 27 February 2009. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. Essays are not expected to exceed 5,000 words, though no maximum length has been prescribed.

The prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.

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Chancellor's English Essay Prize 2009

The Chancellor's English Essay Prize, the value of which is £250, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, is open to members of the University who on the closing date for receipt of essays have qualified by examination for the degree of BA and have not exceeded seven years from matriculation or have qualified by examination for any other degree of the University and have not exceeded four years from matriculation or, not being graduates of the University, are pursuing a course of study leading to a postgraduate degree of the University and have not exceeded three years from their matriculation. An additional prize, of £350, may be awarded. The subject of the prize has yet to be confirmed.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'The Chancellor's English Essay Prize', to Ms K. Atherton, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than Thursday, 26 March 2009. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. Essays should not exceed 12,500 words in length.

The prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.

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Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize 2009

A prize of £880 will be awarded, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, during Trinity Term 2009 for the best sonnet or other poem written in English and in strict rhyming metre. Any member of the University, who is registered for a degree of the University, whether as an undergraduate or a graduate student, may enter for the prize. The prize shall not be awarded more than once to the same person. A copy of the winning entry shall be deposited in the Bodleian Library.

Poems (one copy) are to be sent under a sealed cover to the Ms K. Atherton, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, on or before Wednesday, 6 May 2009. Each author is required to conceal his or her name and to distinguish his or her composition by a motto, sending at the same time his or her name, college, address, and matriculation date in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. No author may submit more than three entries.

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Shelley-Mills Prize 2009

This prize, the purpose of which is to promote the study of the works of William Shakespeare, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, is open to any member of the University who on the date of publication of this notice has not exceeded three years from matriculation, and who has not been a member of any other university for more than a year.

The prize, value about £100, will be awarded for the best essay on the following subject: 'Minor Characters in Shakespeare'.

The essays (which should consist of about 5,000 words) are to be sent under sealed cover to Ms K. Atherton, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, to reach her on or before Friday, 20 February 2009. Candidates are required to conceal their names and distinguish their essays by a motto. The name and college of the candidate should be sent at the same time in a separate sealed envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. Candidates must also submit a statement by the Head or Senior Tutor of their college that they have not been a member of any university other than Oxford for more than one year. Candidates should also include their matriculation date.

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Sir Roger Newdigate Prize 2009

The prize will be awarded, provided there is an entry of sufficient merit, for best composition in English verse not exceeding 300 lines in length on the subject of 'The Tyrant'. The metre is not restricted to heroic couplets, but dramatic form of composition is not allowed. The prize is open to an undergraduate who has not exceeded four years from matriculation. The value of the prize is approximately £800 (exact value to be determined by the Fund balance).

Poems (one copy) should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'Sir Roger Newdigate Prize', to Ms K. Atherton, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than Thursday, 26 March 2009. Authors should conceal their names and identify their entries by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

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English Poem on a Sacred Subject 2010

The next prize for an English Poem on a Sacred Subject will be awarded in 2010, on a subject to be announced.

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Griffiths Memorial Studentship 2009

The Griffiths Memorial Studentship will be awarded, provided there is a suitable candidate, to a citizen of the United Kingdom who is registered for a master's degree of the University from Michaelmas Term 2009. The studentship, which is to be tenable for one year in the first instance, is renewable for up to two years. The award will provide a maintenance grant and University fees at the home/EU rate. The studentship will be tenable at St John's College.

The field of study is to be related to the history of the book in the British Isles before 1625. Further information and application materials can be obtained from Ms H. Morris, English Faculty Administrator, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ.

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J.C. Maxwell Memorial Fund

The Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature invites applications for grants from the J.C. Maxwell Memorial Fund.

The purpose of the fund is to further the study or research of either (a) graduates of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne undertaking postgraduate work in English at Oxford, or (b) graduates of Oxford University undertaking postgraduate work in English at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, or (c) other members of Oxford University undertaking postgraduate work in English at Oxford. (Preference is given to applicants in categories (a) and (b.)

Further information and application materials can be obtained from Ms C. Heavens, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ.

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Grants From the Meyerstein Research Fund for English

Grants may be made, funds permitting, from the Meyerstein Special Research Fund to research students in the field of English towards expenses incurred in connection with their work (including travel).

Further information and application materials can be obtained from Ms C. Heavens, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3HQ.

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Violet Vaughan Morgan Prizes 2009

The Violet Vaughan Morgan Prizes will not be awarded in 2009 due to restructuring.

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