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Oxford University Gazette, 6 November 2008:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Joint Harvard–Oxford Uehiro Postdoctoral Fellowship

This Postdoctoral Fellowship will be jointly held in the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health and the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University. The recipient will spend two years at Oxford University (ideally the first two years) followed by two years at Harvard University.

The fellowship is devoted to furthering research and teaching in ethical issues arising in health care, research and public health. It draws on work in analytic, moral, and political philosophy to focus on ethical issues in health policy and population and international health, including health system reform, prioritisation of health resources, social inequalities in health, controversies arising over international health research involving human subjects, and ethical dilemmas in the practice of public health and medical ethics more generally. Hallmarks of work in this area: concern with health as well as health care, emphasis on the developing world, engagement with economists and epidemiologists, expanding bioethics to address issues raised by demographic trends, attention to state responsibilities and constraints in public health.

The fellowship is directed toward individuals wanting to add ethics and health to their field of competence. Applications are welcomed from individuals who want to pursue work in more traditional bioethics.

This is a full-time, four-year fellowship. Current stipend: $42,642 per year while at Harvard; £27,466 while at Oxford. Eligibility: Advanced degree required (Ph.D or equivalent, MD, JD, etc) US citizenship not required. Applicants should have a career interest in research in bioethics, especially as it relates to health policy and population and international health. Successful applications in past included doctoral level preparation in analytic philosophy, economics, health policy or population health.

Applicants should forward the following documents to both Oxford and Harvard: (1) a cover letter with statement of research interests; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample; (4) three reference letters; (5) transcripts (graduate and undergraduate). Deadline: 12 December 2008.

Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. The materials should be sent to both:, and

The addresses for submission by mail are: Francesca A. Holinko, Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, 6th floor HSPH, François Xavier Bagnoud Building, Boston, MA 02115, USA, and Miriam Wood, Administrator and PA to the Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Suite 8, Littlegate House, 16/17 St Ebbe's Street, Oxford OX1 1PT, UK.

Enquiries may be directed to Francesca Holinko, Managing Director, Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health (telephone: 617-432-3768, e-mail:, or to Miriam Wood, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (telephone: Oxford (2)86888, e-mail: .

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Christopher Welch Scholarship in Biological Sciences

Applications are invited for a scholarship for postgraduate research in Biology, tenable at the University from the beginning of Michaelmas Term 2009.

Christopher Welch scholarships, at present, offer a maintenance grant of £13,500, but this will be kept under review. They include payment of fees at the rate for 'Home' students.

The scholarships are tenable for two years but may be extended for a third year. Under special circumstances, the Board of Management will consider extending the duration of an individual award for an extra six months above and beyond this period.

The Board of Management has the power to suspend a scholarship held by a medical student for a period of not more than three years, or in special cases four years, in order to enable the holder to devote himself/herself to clinical training without forfeiting his/her scholarship.

Candidates wishing to apply must submit their applications for the Christopher Welch Scholarship to the Director of Graduate Studies in the department in which they are hoping to work by Friday, 23 January 2009. Separate applications for admission to study in the University must be submitted to the University's Graduate Admissions Office by the same date. The University's Graduate Studies Prospectus and details of how to apply are available at

Candidates for a Christopher Welch Scholarship must have applied to the University for admission for postgraduate study, normally in one of the following departments: Biochemistry; Experimental Psychology; Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG); the Dunn School of Pathology; Plant Sciences; Pharmacology or Zoology or in one of the Departments or Sub-departments of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine.

Applications received after Friday, 23 January 2009 cannot be considered for the Christopher Welch Scholarship.

The Christopher Welch Board has agreed to be responsible for the selection for Newton Abraham Studentships, one in Biological Sciences and one in Medical Sciences, if they are made available in 2009. Details of these will be sent to all those requesting information about the Christopher Welch Scholarships, and all applicants for the Christopher Welch award will also be considered for an appropriate Newton Abraham award if one is offered.

No person may be awarded a scholarship a second time.

Application forms and further particulars are available at, or from

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Soudavar Fund

The Soudavar Fund provides small grants of up to £2,500 to assist students from Iran at the University of Oxford and who are facing genuine financial difficulty.

The award is open to students who have started their degree at Oxford. Students may be studying for any degree and at either undergraduate or graduate level.

Applicants must be able to show how they are connected to Iran, e.g. through citizenship, residence etc.

The value of each grant is usually between £500 and £2,500.

Application forms can be obtained from the Student Funding Services: in person: Student Funding Services, University Offices, Wellington Square, or by e-mail:

Applications must be submitted by e-mail, by post or by hand, by 5 p.m. on Friday, 12 December.

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