Scholarships and Prizes 2008:
Travel and Study Abroad
Astor Travel Fund
(i) Visits to the USA
The Astor Travel Fund provides grants towards the cost of visits by members of the University's academic and academic-related staff to laboratories, hospitals, libraries, and similar institutions within the USA, which will enhance their teaching and research. Grants are for internal travel and subsistence within the USA, not transatlantic travel. Grants may not be used to cover the cost of conference attendance but may be used to facilitate other travel and subsistence in the USA on the occasion of a conference visit. Grants are usually awarded to help fund short visits, but applications for funds towards longer visits are not excluded. The maximum award is £425.
Applications may be made by members of the University's academic and academic-related staff (including Post Doctoral Research Assistants and Junior Research Fellows) and by other scholars and scientists from the British Isles. Applications are considered in open competition. Priority will be given to applicants who are (a) employees of the University, related institutions, or colleges and/or eligible to be members of a faculty of the University, and (b) have not received grants from the fund within the two years preceding their application. Retrospective grants will only be made in exceptional circumstances.
It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that one referee (a senior member of the applicant's department or faculty currently in post) writes in confidence to the Secretary of the Board of Management by the closing date for applications.
(ii) Visitors from the USA
Grants may be provided to enable distinguished scholars and scientists from the USA to visit the University to lecture and carry out research. It is normally expected that such visitors should contribute to established research programmes. Applications should be made by members of the University's academic staff and are considered on a competitive basis.
Grants for such visits may be used only for internal travel and subsistence within the UK, not transatlantic travel. Visitors are usually expected to be accommodated within the University at academic rates. The maximum award is £425.
Application forms for schemes (i) and (ii) above are available on the web at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/trustfunds/astor.shtml or from Arpna Kiri, Secretary to the Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail: email@example.com, telephone: Oxford (2)70187, fax: Oxford (2)80569).
Grants for both schemes are offered once a term and once in the Long Vacation. A completed application form (and for scheme (i), a supporting reference) should be sent to the Secretary to the Board of Management of the Astor Travel Fund at the address above by the Friday of week three of each term or by 31 July in the Long Vacation. The closing dates for 2008–9 are: Michaelmas Term: Friday, 31 October 2008 Hilary Term: Friday, 6 February 2009 Trinity Term: Friday, 15 May 2009 Long Vacation: Friday, 31 July 2008