University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 22 January 2009:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize

The prize will be awarded for the best essay on the subject of 'Literature and dogma'. Essays should not exceed 5,000 words.

The value of the prize is £750. An additional prize of £350 may be awarded.

The prize is open to members of the University who, on the closing date for receipt of essays, have qualified by examination for the Degree of BA and have not exceeded seven years from matriculation or have qualified by examination for any other degree of the University and have not exceeded four years from matriculation, or, not being graduates of the University, are pursuing a course of study leading to a postgraduate degree of the University and have not exceeded three years from their matriculation.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'The Matthew Arnold Prize', to Ms K. Atherton, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than Friday, 27 February. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

The prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.

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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 £1200 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 the applicant's host in Oxford if the applicant is coming from a South African university. For visitors to Oxford, the applicant's host should also confirm in the letter that he or she will assist in arranging suitable affiliation to a college/department and access to any necessary research materials. The host should also assist in finding accommodation in Oxford.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 20 March. After this, the next opportunity to apply will be in Michaelmas Term 2009.

Applications and any enquiries about the Fund should be sent to John-Paul Roche, Graduate Admissions and Funding, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford (telephone: Oxford (2)70182, e-mail:

Information about the Oppenheimer Fund is also available at

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Oxford Italian Association

Clara Florio-Cooper Memorial Bursaries

The Oxford Italian Association invites applications for open bursaries set up by friends and colleagues to commemorate the life and work of Clara Florio-Cooper (1947–2004). It is intended to make one or two awards of up to £700 to promote travel to and in Italy in order to further graduate research into aspects of Italian culture (including, for example, travel to consult manuscripts in Italian archives).

Applications should include a brief curriculum vitae, an outline of the research proposed (on no more than one page of A4), an e-mail address, and a letter of support from a supervisor, and should be sent to Dr Dante Ceruolo, Oxford Italian Association, Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT. Applications and letters of support should be received by the closing date, 30 April.

Smaller top-up grants, usually of no more than £150, intended for graduates specifically based in Oxford and working on Italian culture, are also available, and applications should be sent as above.

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