University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 27 November 2008:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Christopher Welch Scholarship in Biological Sciences

Amended notice

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 Christopher Welch Board of Management will consider extending the duration of an individual award for an extra 6 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 applying to a Programme of Study in the Medical Sciences Division who wish to be considered for the Christopher Welch Scholarship 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, 9 January 2009.

All other candidates 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 9 January 2009 for Medical Sciences candidates and by 23 January 2009 for all other candidates. 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 from Medical Sciences candidates after Friday, 9 January 2009 and from all other candidates 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

Note: this replaces the notices concerning the Christopher Welch Scholarships published in the Scholarships and Prizes Supplement (p. 119) and in the Gazette of 6 November (p. 306), which did not include details of the separate deadline arrangement for Medical Sciences candidates.

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Workshop Funding for African Studies Within the University

The Management Committee of the African Studies Centre invites proposals for funding support for workshops concerned with the study of Africa to be held within the University. Support can be offered across all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Awards made are typically in the range of £600 to £1,000, but larger sums may be considered for meetings of particular significance.

Applicants should submit a workshop proposal (no more than four pages), including a statement of the purpose of the meeting and a full budget, indicating which elements of that budget African Studies is being requested to support and listing other sources of funding being sought. It is normally expected that workshops funded by the Management Committee will be open to graduate students of the University. Where workshop attendance is to be by invitation only, this must be justified. Doctoral students are encouraged to participate in applications, and may be the principal organisers of an event, but proposals cannot be considered unless also sponsored by a member of faculty or by a postdoctoral researcher.

Proposals may be sent to the African Studies Office (e-mail: by Friday of Week 3 in Hilary Term 2009 for workshops planned to take place between March and December 2009, or by Friday of Week 3 in Michaelmas Term 2009 for workshops planned for 2010.

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