University of Oxford


Oxford University Gazette, 19 March 2009:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Oxford Theological Exchange Programme

Theological Scholarships for the Countries of Eastern or Central Europe, Russia and the Countries of the former Soviet Union, 2009–10

The University in collaboration with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the member churches of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), in particular the Methodist Church, subject to confirmation on funding, will jointly offer up to two scholarships, to enable theological students of outstanding academic merit to pursue further studies in the University's Faculty of Theology. In addition, applicants must have the potential to rise to positions of leadership and influence and will need to demonstrate that they possess the personal, intellectual and interpersonal attributes reflecting this potential. Apart from pursuing a specific research project during their time at Oxford they will also be required to attend a special course on 'Religion and Society', which will prepare them for the political and legal challenges religion faces today, and will give them the opportunity to meet religious and political leaders, policy-makers and academics working in this area. The programme is supported by an association with the House of St Gregory and St Macrina and the fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, whose charitable aims are to work for greater understanding between the Christian traditions.

The scholarships are open to candidates (normally between the ages of twenty-five and forty) who, in most cases, will already have, or expect to obtain before October 2009, a theological degree from a recognised university or theological college. Applications are invited for 2009–10 from citizens of Russia, the Ukraine, and any other countries of the former Soviet Union (apart from the Baltic States), Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania.

The scholarships will be tenable for up to one year of study and will cover fees, a maintenance allowance, and where necessary, a return air fare. All applicants must be approved and sponsored by a recognised church authority in the applicant's home country. The scholarships are open to members of any Christian denomination. Successful applicants should be willing, if asked, to attend an interview by diplomatic and church personnel in their home country.

All applicants should complete a preliminary application form available from Mrs Elizabeth Macallister, Theology Faculty Centre, 41 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LW (telephone: Oxford (2)70797, fax: (2)70795, e-mail: elizabeth.macallister@admin.ox.ac.uk).

The completed application forms must be returned to the same address not later than 1 May 2009.

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Dolores Oria Merino Prize in Written Spanish 2008–9

The prize will be awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, by the Examiners for the Final Honour School of Modern Languages in Trinity Term to the candidate in the Spanish Prose Paper 1 who, not being a native or bilingual Spanish speaker, in that examination, or in any Final Honour School of which Modern Languages is a component in the same term, whose performance in written Spanish they judge to be the best. The value of the prize will be determined by the King Alfonso XII Professor of Spanish (or in his absence the Chairman of the Sub-faculty of Spanish). No special application is required.

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Donald Tovey Memorial Prize

The Board of the Faculty of Music proposes to award the Donald Tovey Memorial Prize in Trinity Term 2009. The prize (which will be of the value of £2,000 but may be augmented should the need arise, at the discretion of the Board) is open to men and women without regard to nationality, age, or membership of a university. It may be awarded either:

(a) to assist in the furtherance of research in the philosophy, history, or understanding of music. In this case, candidates must satisfy the judges that their programme of research lies within this field, and should provide: a brief statement of proposed research; two testimonials; and two examples of original work (essays, articles, book chapters, etc., whether published or not) which demonstrate their fitness to undertake it. Nine-tenths of the prize-money will be paid to the prize-winner at the time of the award, and the remaining one-tenth on approval by the judges of a brief report indicating fulfilment of the programme;

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(b) to assist in the publication of a work already completed in one of the subjects mentioned above. In this case, candidates should submit one copy of the work concerned and explain why the prize is needed in order to ensure publication. In either case, it is hoped that the prize-winner will agree to deliver a lecture in the Faculty of Music disseminating the findings of the research.

Entries, which should include a list of the expenses associated with the project for which the prize is sought, must reach the Faculty Administrator and Board Secretary, Faculty of Music, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, no later than Friday, 12 June.

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St Hugh's College

Colin Matthew Fund: Travel Awards for Historical Research

Applications are invited for small grants to support travel for the purposes of research. The grants are intended to support research for a thesis on an historical topic: applicants must be student members of the University, undergraduate or graduate.

The Committee for the Fund hopes to make a number of awards up to a total value of £2,500: the maximum value of an individual award will be £500.

Application forms may be obtained by e-mailing to Catherine Barton, St Hugh's College (e-mail: catherine.barton@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk). Completed forms must be submitted by Friday of fourth week of Trinity Term (22 May). Applicants are asked to ensure that their tutor or supervisor writes a letter in support of their application by the same date. Applications and letters of support should be addressed to the Bursar's Secretary, St Hugh's College, Oxford 0X2 6LE. Applicants will be informed of the outcome before the end of Trinity Term.

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