University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 30 April 2009:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Peter Beaconsfield Prize in Physiological Sciences 2009

The prize, value £1,000, is awarded annually, provided that there is a candidate of sufficient merit.

It is open to postgraduate students in Physiological Sciences (registered in the Departments of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Pharmacology, or Pathology), who, in the twelve months preceding the closing date for applications for the prize, shall have applied for transfer to D.Phil status.

The prize is intended to reward young researchers who are capable of escaping from the stereotype of narrow specialisation, and who display a wider grasp of the significance and potential applicability of their research. Candidates should submit an essay of not more than 1,000 words (not counting references and illustrations), which should include only a brief outline, in non-specialist terms, of their achievements in research and their plans for future work. Candidates are then expected to take stock of their work and to show why they are doing it and where it may lead, especially its potential for the ultimate betterment of the human condition. They should also show evidence of a realisation that a multidisciplinary approach could be advantageous to their work, whether or not they themselves are currently capable of handling other scientific disciplines. Applications should be written in an accessible style, comprehensible to scientists and physicians working in other fields of medical research.

Applications, clearly marked 'Peter Beaconsfield Prize in Physiological Sciences', should be submitted by Friday, 19 June, to the Graduate Officer for the Medical Sciences Division, Medical Sciences Office, Level 3 John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU. For further information, telephone Oxford 851045 or e-mail

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Fred Hodcroft Prize 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 that examination, or in any Final Honour School of which Modern Languages is a component in the same term, whose performance in the history of the Spanish language or of Spanish dialects they judge to be the best. The value of the prize is £300. No special application is required.

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Ashmolean Museum

Vivien Leigh Prize

A prize of £350 is offered by the Ashmolean Museum from the Vivien Leigh Fund for a two- dimensional work of art on paper, not exceeding 55 by 40 centimetres, by an undergraduate member of the University. The work will be chosen, if a work of sufficient merit is submitted, by the Keeper of Western Art in the Ashmolean Museum or his nominee, from work submitted to the Print Room by Tuesday, 16 June, or work exhibited at the annual degree show at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. It is a condition of the award that the winning work be given to the Ashmolean. Entrants should contact the Print Room to arrange a suitable time to deliver their work (e-mail:

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All Souls College

E.O. James Bequest

Applications are invited for sums up to £2,500 from graduate students working in Theology, Anthropology, Ancient History and Ecclesiastical History for grants in support of their research. Applicants are required to submit a proposal of up to 500 words in support of their applications, explaining their need for a grant and how they would spend the money if a grant were awarded. They should send them to the Warden's Secretary, All Souls College (e-mail; The closing date for applications is 8 May.

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