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

Scholarships and Prizes 2008: Miscellaneous and Multidisciplinary

Orisha Studentships (African Humanities Research Fund) 2009

African Studies M.Sc Studentship

All applicants to the African Studies M.Sc course can apply for an ORISHA scholarship awarded in the amount of £10,000 towards course and college fees. Every year one student from our applicant pool is selected to receive this award.

In order to be considered for the ORISHA scholarship you must tick the ORISHA box in the funding section of your admissions application and you must name St Cross OR St Antony's colleges as your top college choice. Your application for admission to the course must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office by the closing date of the second application deadline (23 January 2009) if you wish to be considered for the ORISHA scholarship. Admissions applications that are incomplete at the close of the second application deadline will not be considered for ORISHA.

Further information is available from the African Studies Administrator, 92 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7ND, or by e-mail to

ORISHA Graduate Studentships (M.Phil and D.Phil students)

ORISHA scholarships are also available to graduate (M.Phil and D.Phil) students in the following disciplines: Social and Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Development Studies, History, Human Geography, Literature, Politics and International Relations, Religious Studies. The award is available for students studying for two year masters degrees as well as for three-year doctoral degrees. Research proposals must include a major focus on Africa.

The scholarship is variable in the amount awarded. Generally, it will cover college and university fees at the home rate only along with a maintenance allowance. However, the award may cover full overseas fees where sufficient funds are available. Students from African countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Renewal for two and three year periods is subject to satisfactory progress. Overseas students are encouraged to apply for supplementary funds from other sources both in their home countries and in Oxford. (For further details of other awards, see the University Web site)

Applicants for the Graduate Scholarship may be new candidates for admission to the University, or those already registered as graduate students at the University of Oxford. The University of Oxford academic admissions procedure is separate from that for this scholarship. For further details see the University Web site, or e-mail to Those applying to the University for the first time should ensure that their application for entry is made well before the deadline for this scholarship as the scholarship can only be awarded to a student who has been accepted for study at the University. If not already a member of an Oxford college, candidates for admission in 2009 should name St Cross College as their college of first choice on their University and scholarship application form. St Antony's should be named as the college of second choice.

There is no application form for the ORISHA Graduate Studentship. Applicants should send a covering letter, explaining their need for the award and giving details of any other financial support they already have or have applied for, along with a full curriculum vitae and a short description of their proposed research (no more than 4 pages). These documents should reach the African Studies Administrator, 92 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7ND, by 13 March 2009.

Please note that short-listed candidates for the Graduate Studentships will be asked to submit written work of approximately 5,000 words.

Enquiries about this award should be directed to the African Studies Administrator, 92 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7ND, or by e-mail to

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