University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 16 October 2008:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Oppenheimer Fund

The Oppenheimer Fund provides grants to assist the academic exchange of senior members between the University of Oxford on the one hand and universities and similar institutions of higher education in the Republic of South Africa on the other. Applications are invited from senior members of the University who wish either to visit one or more universities in South Africa or to senior members of South African universities who wish to visit Oxford.

Grants may be awarded to assist with living expenses for a maximum of three months, and travel costs. Visits for the sole purpose of attending a conference (or similar short event) will not normally be eligible for support from the fund.

The maximum level of grants is likely to be up to £1,000 per month for subsistence for those going to South Africa or £1,200 for those coming to Oxford, and up to £700 for the cost of travel between Oxford and South Africa.

Applications for grants from the fund should include: a statement of the purpose of the proposed visit (including an outline of the research to be carried out during the visit); duration and estimated costs, details of any other available sources of funding; a curriculum vitae and a letter of support from the institution in South Africa, or a letter of support from your host in Oxford if you are coming from a South African university. For visitors to Oxford, your host should also confirm in the letter that they will assist in arranging suitable affiliation to a college/department and access to any necessary research materials. The host should also assist in finding you accommodation in Oxford.

The Oppenheimer Fund accepts applications twice a year, in the sixth week of Michaelmas and Trinity Terms. For the 2008–9 academic year the deadlines will be 21 November 2008 and 5 June 2009. Applications and any enquiries about the fund should be sent to John-Paul Roche, Student Funding Services, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)70182, e-mail:

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Merton College

Financial support for the BCL: Barnett Bequest

Merton College wishes to advertise the Barnett Bequest to assist a UK candidate of outstanding academic excellence who will read for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at the University of Oxford from October 2009. The value of the bequest is £5,500 for the year and is intended to assist with the cost of college fees and/or accommodation. This award is tenable only at Merton College. The successful candidate is guaranteed an offer of single graduate accommodation at Merton College for the duration of the BCL, the cost of which will be met by the student. Selection will be made on the basis of academic excellence and financial need.

The competition is open to graduates of any university who are ordinarily resident in the UK and who have been accepted by the Faculty of Law to commence the BCL in October 2009, and who have nominated Merton as first choice college. Applicants should also send an email to the Admissions Officer at Merton confirming that they are applying for the scholarship (e-mail: Eligible candidates will be assessed on the basis of their University application.

Should there be no suitable candidate among applicants who have nominated Merton as first choice, the college reserves the right to award the Bequest to any other candidate sent to it for consideration by the Faculty of Law. It also reserves the right not to award the Barnett Bequest in any given year should no suitable candidate present.

The application form for the BCL can be found on the University of Oxford website at uate/apply/forms/. The closing date is 23 January 2009. Any queries regarding the Barnett Bequest should be addressed to the Admissions Officer, Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD (e-mail: ).

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