Scholarships and Prizes 2008:
Craven Fellowship, Derby Scholarship, Thomas Whitcombe Green Scholarship and Henry Francis Pelham Studentship 2009
Elections will be made to the awards named above in Trinity Term 2009, provided that candidates of sufficient merit present themselves.
The primary purpose of these awards is to encourage study and research abroad by making residence abroad possible for a substantial period of time.
[Note: it is not the purpose of these awards to provide maintenance grants for students whilst they are studying in Oxford]. They are open to members of the University who are or will be on a postgraduate course during the academic year 2009–10 and who are at present in their first three years of graduate study, including master's degrees, or their last year of undergraduate study at Oxford. Only those who have not previously held one of these awards are eligible to apply [except for Pelham—see below]. The awards are tenable for one or two years, as specified; tenure normally commences on 1 August in the year of election. The annual value of each is £1,000. In addition, if the committee has sufficient funds, it may provide grants to cover additional expenses incurred in residence abroad of up to £4,000, insofar as grants to cover these expenses cannot be obtained from other sources. Emoluments will be paid at the committee's discretion and in such instalments as it thinks fit.
If funds allow and candidates of sufficient merit apply, the Committee may make more than one award in any category.
Applications, on a form to be obtained from the Secretary to the Craven Committee, the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU, should be sent to the Secretary on or before 24 April 2009. Candidates are responsible for asking three referees to supply letters of recommendation, which should be sent to the Secretary of the Craven Committee at the Classics Centre, by the date given above. They should also indicate the study which, in the event of their being elected, they would propose to undertake. They will not thereby bind themselves, if elected, to pursue the particular subjects suggested at the time of application, nor will the Craven Committee necessarily accept without modification the subjects proposed by the successful candidates. Candidates should include a paper (c.5,000 words) written by them on any subject connected with Greek or Latin Literature, Greek or Roman History, or Greek or Roman Archaeology.
Election to an award is based on the written work and on an interview. The Committee will draw up a short-list for interview on Friday, week two, Trinity Term. Interviews will be held on Monday, week eight, Trinity Term. All holders of these awards are required to produce evidence from time to time of diligent prosecution of their studies. The specific requirements of each award are set out below:
Craven University Fellowship
This award is for the study of any branch of classical learning and is tenable for two years. The fellow is required to spend at least eight months out of the twenty-six months immediately following entry upon the fellowship residing abroad for the purpose of study at a place or places approved by the Craven Committee.
Note: The Committee has, however, power to allow postponement of up to six months of such residence abroad, and to grant partial dispensation from the requirement of residence abroad.
This award is tenable for two years. The scholar is required to spend at least six months out of the twenty six months immediately following election residing abroad for the purpose of study at a place or places approved by the Committee, unless the Committee thinks fit to grant the candidate total or partial dispensation from the requirements of residence abroad. In accordance with the regulations of the Derby Scholarship, preference will be given to a candidate who offers a subject connected with the languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome (including Palaeography and Comparative Philology) or with one of these, provided that there is a candidate of sufficient merit.
Henry Francis Pelham Studentship
This award is open to members of the University, who, at the point of application, are on a course of study. It is for the study of Roman History and Archaeology and is tenable for one year. The student will be required to reside in Rome for at least three months during tenure of the studentship and to study under the direction of the British School at Rome, unless permission has been received from the Craven Committee to reside elsewhere during the whole or any part of such period.
Grants for Research and Travel
The Craven Committee also considers applications from postgraduate and senior members of the University for Grants for any purpose connected with the advancement of classical learning, including the study of classical art and archaeology. Candidates are expected also to apply to their colleges and where possible to other sources and to inform the committee of what support they receive. The committee will make grants in respect of research travel and accommodation costs, but not normally for basic subsistence.
Applications, which should be submitted on a form obtainable from the Secretary to the Craven Committee, the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU, should be returned two weeks in advance of the Committee's meeting in Hilary Term (Friday of week two). Only exceptionally will applications be considered in Michaelmas Term and Trinity Term.
Thomas Whitcombe Greene Scholarship
This award is for the study of Classical Art and Archaeology and is tenable for two years. It is expected that the Scholar will spend several months abroad during the tenure of the Scholarship to carry out research in connection with their D.Phil thesis.