University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 23 April 2009:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Zvi Meitar/Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize

This prestigious research prize will be awarded to scholars in the early stages of their career who have shown outstanding promise. The prize is intended to support the further career development of young researchers within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Two awards, each of £35,000, will be made each year, one to be held within Humanities, one within the Social Sciences. The awards may be used to support and develop the research activity of those employed by the University or by one of its colleges on research or teaching contracts. The money can be used either directly on research projects, or to 'buy out' time for research leave. The research that is funded should produce a scholarly publication that acknowledges the prize as the funding source. It is intended that the publications will become part of a special collection or series.

Candidates should ordinarily have been awarded their D.Phil or Ph.D no more than seven years prior to the time of their application for an award. They should be employed on a teaching or research contract by a department or faculty within the Social Sciences or Humanities Divisions, or by a college of the University.

The awarding panel may take into account other sources of research support available to or held by the candidate. The panel is unlikely to support an application the aim of which is to fund a conference. The panel will welcome applications which indicate innovative work.

Applications for prizes in 2008–9 should be submitted to the office of the Pro-Vice- Chancellor for Research by Friday of fourth week of Trinity Term (22 May), and will be considered by the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education, ASUC), the Heads of the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions and one Head of House. It is hoped that awards will be announced by the end of June.

The applications should be no longer than four sides of A4, and should contain a short summary of achievements so far, and the future direction of the research to be undertaken following receipt of the prize.

Applications should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a copy of a representative piece of recent scholarly work and details of other research funding available or held already. Candidates should explain their case in terms that will be comprehensible to a generalist audience of academics. Candidates should ask two referees (who should preferably be members of the collegiate University) to write directly to the PVC (Research) by the closing date. Referees are asked to explain in particular the importance of the research for the candidate's career and the impact which the research is likely to have on the candidate's discipline. The reference should also include any comments that the referee feels able to give in respect of the candidate's expertise and record of achievement, as well as an assessment of the research that the candidate plans to carry out if awarded the prize.

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Faculty of English Language and Literature

English Poem on a Sacred Subject 2010

The subject for the prize will be: 'As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country' (Proverbs, chapter 25, verse 25).

The poem must consist of not less than sixty or more than 300 lines. It may be blank verse or in any form of verse rhymed in couplets or stanzas. There is a tradition which discourages dramatic form of composition for this prize. Candidates for the prize (value of about £3,000) shall be members of the University who, not later than the closing date for entries for the competition, shall have qualified by examination for a degree of the University; or shall hold the Degree of Master of Arts by incorporation or by decree or by resolution; or shall hold the status of Master of Arts; or shall have qualified by examination for a degree of any other university. The judges may, at their discretion, also make an award to the proxime accessit. Should no such award be made the value of the main award will be increased.

Poems (four copies) are to be sent under a sealed cover to the English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, on or before 1 December 2010. Each author is required to conceal his or her name and to distinguish his or her composition by a motto, sending at the same time his or her name, college, address and details of degree awarded (title, university and date, which the faculty will require proof of, before award of the prize) in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. The prize may not be awarded more than twice to the same person.

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Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art

Egerton Coghill Prize

The prize (value about £450) will be awarded if an entry of sufficient quality is submitted, for the best small landscape painting painted during the twelve months preceding the closing date for entries by a member of the University who is at that date reading for any degree, diploma, or certificate of the University. Entries must not exceed four square feet in area and should be sent unframed to the Ruskin Master, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, 74 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, no later than Friday in fourth Week of Trinity Term (22 May), with a statement signed by the competitor that the painting has been painted in the preceding twelve months. No competitor may submit more than one entry for any one competition, and the winner of the prize in any one year shall not be eligible to compete in any subsequent year.

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Timothy Bailey Scholarship

The Timothy Bailey Trust has been set up in memory of Timothy Bailey, a biology graduate of Christ Church. It aims to provide financial support to students of Oxford University to assist them in undertaking any extra-curricular project or expedition relating to the biological sciences.

The Timothy Bailey Scholarship is awarded annually with money from the Timothy Bailey Trust Fund. Applicants should produce a written proposal of 500-1,000 words stating clearly: (a) the background to, and aims of, the activity; (b) how a successful outcome to the activity will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of any aspect of biology; (c) detailed work plans for a successful outcome; (d) how, in the event of a successful application, the award will contribute to this outcome.

Three copies of each application should be addressed to the Timothy Bailey Scholarship, c/o Professor Sarah E. Randolph, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS.

Entries will be judged by the Trustees whose decision is final. The Timothy Bailey Scholarship will be awarded annually with a value of around £500. The winning applicant(s) will be expected to acknowledge the support of the Timothy Bailey Trust in any reports or scientific papers arising from any activity supported by the Trust. They should also provide a written report of around 2,000 words to the Trustees upon completion of the research and travel supported.

The closing date for applications this year will be 4 May, and the successful applicant(s) will be notified by 1 June.

Further details can be found at

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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: 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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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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