University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 12 November 2009:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

Prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students of the University should refer to the Student Funding Web site for information and advice on fees and funding:

Balliol College

Dawkins Prize

The Dawkins Prize was endowed by a generous donation from the family of Professor Richard Dawkins, FRS, the first holder of Oxford University's Charles Simonyi Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science. The Prize is for outstanding research into the ecology and behaviour of animals whose welfare and survival may be endangered by human activities.

The first Prize-winner (2001) was Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the second Prize-winner (2004) was Professor David Macdonald and the third Prize- winner (2007) was Dr Roger Payne.

The college now seeks nominations for the fourth Dawkins Prize.

The Prize-winner will receive £2,000 and will be expected to give one public lecture in Oxford. The college also hopes that a Dawkins Prize Scholar will be chosen by the Prize- winner, to enable a student to gain research experience by working with him or her; £2,000 will be available to the Prize-winner for the Scholarship and research expenses. In addition, the travel expenses of the Prize-winner and Scholar will be met, up to a total of £2,000.

Nominations should contain names, addresses and affiliations of the nominator and nominee, and a brief list of key achievements and publications of the nominee. Nominations should be sent to Dr Sebastian Shimeld, Convener of the Dawkins Prize Committee, Balliol College, Oxford OX1 3BJ (e-mail:, by 4 December.

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Harvard, Yale, and Princeton Universities

Henry and Procter Fellowships 2010–11

The Trustees of the Charles and Julia Henry Fund expect to offer two Henry Fellowships for the academical year 2010–11, one at Harvard University and one at Yale University, and to select candidates for nomination to two Procter Fellowships at Princeton University tenable for the academical year 2010–11.


1 February 2010 Closing date for receipt of application forms (from candidates) and referees' reports (from referees).

16 February 2010 (provisional) Short-listed candidates invited for interview by letter.

25 February or 4 March 2010 (provisional) Interviews of short- listed candidates.

4 or 11 March 2010 (provisional) Candidates notified of decisions by letter.

There is a single competition covering all awards. Candidates must submit seven copies of the application form. One blank copy of the form is supplied. Candidates must return that copy completed and six good photocopies of the completed form by 1 February 2010. Candidates must ensure that each copy of their application is easily legible; type or use black ink. Three referees' report forms will be also be supplied with each application form. Candidates are asked to complete Part A of each referee's form and send a copy direct to each referee, with a request that the completed form should then be sent by the referee direct to the Secretary of the Henry Trustees, the Secretariat, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge CB2 1TN, by 1 February 2010. It may not be possible for reports returned later than this to be taken into account in short-listing.

Before applying for one or both of these awards, the intending applicant should satisfy himself or herself that he or she is eligible for the fellowships concerned.

Henry Fellowships 2010–11

The Henry Fund was founded by the will of the late Julia Lady Henry 'in the earnest hope and desire of cementing the bonds of friendship between the British Empire and the United States' to provide Fellowships for British subjects at Harvard and Yale Universities and for American citizens at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The fellowships are open to men and women and are not renewable. Henry Fellows are not normally candidates for a degree of the American university. The fellowships consist of an assured place for which separate application is unnecessary (unless a candidate for a degree, in which case you must have applied direct for admission), a maintenance grant, tuition fees for the course of study approved by the Trustees, health insurance, and a grant towards the cost of travel. In 2009–10 the maintenance grant is US $30,750 and the travel grant is £2,500. These amounts are reviewed annually. The maintenance grant is paid in instalments.

Candidates must be citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Republic of Ireland, and must be either (a) undergraduates of a UK university who have completed at least two years' undergraduate work on 1 January 2010 or (b) graduates of a UK university who are in their first year of postgraduate study in a UK university in the academical year 2009–10.

While a very high academic standard will be required of successful candidates, the Trustees also attach importance to other attainments and personal qualities relevant to the Founder's intentions. Candidates must produce evidence of character and intellectual ability, and must also submit a definite scheme of study or research to be carried out at the American universities. The Trustees must be satisfied that the proposed work falls within ordinary university facilities. The choice of the subject of study to be undertaken by the fellow can regarded as unrestricted, provided the scheme of work meets with the approval of the Trustees and that of the American University.

The fellow will report on arrival to a representative of the American Trustees at Harvard or Yale, who will act in an advisory capacity throughout the tenure of the fellowship. Such emergency matters as a possible change of work or leave of absence will be at the American Trustees' discretion. The American University may naturally exercise its right to expel a fellow in the case of grave misconduct. Such expulsion would terminate the fellowship. The Trustees will only consider candidates prepared to give their whole time to the objects of the fellowships which include study, social activities with fellow students, and travel within the United States. Fellows are also required to undertake to return to the British Isles (or some part of the Commonwealth) at the expiration of their term of tenure. This condition may waived or modified in a special case.

Procter Fellowships to Princeton University 2010–11

Procter Fellowships are awards of Princeton University. Candidates are nominated to the authorities of Princeton University by the Vice-Chancellors of Oxford or Cambridge Universities, who act on the recommendation of the Henry Trustees. The final appointment is made by Princeton University, after review and approval by the appropriate academic department of the University.

Procter Fellowships are open to men and women. Candidates must be Commonwealth citizens; must by the time of taking up their Fellowships have taken at least the BA degree or its equivalent at any university in the United Kingdom with first-class honours in the final examinations; and must be certified as of 'good health, high character, excellent education in distinctively liberal studies, and exceptional scholarly power'. Preference is normally given to candidates who would be in their second or third year of postgraduate research when, if elected, they take up their fellowship.

The fellowship is normally tenable for one year as a visiting award, but provision also exists exceptionally for a fellow to be nominated for admission to a Ph.D programme at Princeton. Candidates who wish to be considered by the Henry Trustees for nomination for the Ph.D. programme should state so on the application form. Fellows reside in the Graduate College at Princeton, and will be required to devote themselves to advanced study and investigation in 'a branch of subjects of one of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, exclusive of professional, technical, or commercial subjects'. During the tenure of the fellowship a fellow must not engage in teaching or in any other remunerative work. The emolument of the fellowship consists of a stipend expected to be not less than $27,000 (for ten months), travel grant (expected to be c.$3,000), full tuition and required fees paid by Princeton University. The stipend amount is reviewed annually by the Graduate School. Accomodation in the Graduate College at Princerton is set aside for Proctor Fellows, should they require it; room and board charges at the Graduate College are deducted from the stipend (which is paid by the University in ten monthly instalments). US federal income tax is deducted from the stipend, and in some circumstances may be payable on tuition.

Interviews and Reports

Candidates for both Henry Fellowships and Proctor Fellowships are interviewed on the same occasion. Interviews are expected to be held in London in late February or March 2010. A medical report will be required later. The Henry and Procter Fellows for 2010–11 are required to send reports to the Henry Trustees on their year at Harvard, Yale, or Princeton by 30 September 2011.

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