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Supplement (4) to Oxford University Gazette No. 4855. Wednesday, 8 October 2008.

Scholarships and Prizes 2008: Biological Sciences

Hester Cordelia Parsons Fund

Applications are invited from members of the University under 30 years of age for awards to support the costs of research in experimental biological science. The awards are intended for graduate and postdoctoral workers already holding grants or fellowships, including members of the academic staff, and are to encourage the development of experimental methods at the boundaries of biological, physical and chemical sciences. The awards are intended to enable the holder to learn and develop new experimental methods, and to support travel and subsistence expenses that may be incurred.

Applicants are asked to:

(a) complete the application form (on which they should provide sufficient information about the nature of their research to enable the Committee to establish that it lies within the field of experimental biological science as specified above);

(b) provide a grant proposal which describes the nature and costs of the expenditure for which an award is requested (one side of A4 maximum);

(c) provide a brief curriculum vitae (one side of A4 maximum);

(d) send by e-mail the application form, grant proposal and curriculum vitae and to the Secretary of the Hester Cordelia Parsons Fund, judith.brown@mpls.ox.ac.uk, by Monday 2 February 2009.

Potential areas of application may include, but shall not be limited to, bioengineering, the effects of extreme environmental conditions, atmospheric and oceanic interactions, the study of flight, and similar areas where the effective application of physical principles in the study of biological systems may yield new insights.

Grants from the fund, typically in the range of £500 to £2,000, may support:

(1) travel and subsistence costs in visiting laboratories in the United Kingdom or overseas;

(2) training courses in experimental techniques;

(3) the purchase of small items of equipment;

(4) other relevant purposes, at the discretion of the board of management.

Requests for the following will not be supported:

(a) laptops;

(b) contributions to the cost of large items of equipment;

(c) routine consumables;

(d) attendance at conferences.


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