University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 15 October 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:

Boise Fund

Research Awards

The Boise Fund was established by Mr Charles Watson Boise to support research on the antiquity and evolutionary origin of modern Homo sapiens and other hominins, with particular emphasis on the continued exploration of appropriate sites in Africa, and on the early migration of Palaeolithic communities.

The Committee for the Administration of the Boise Fund invites applications from Oxford University-based researchers, including graduate students. Applications for amounts between £2,000 and £20,000 will be considered in this round.

The Committee will take account of the following criteria:

  • the interdisciplinary nature of the work;
  • the extent to which the work involves pilot work for the establishment of larger, on-going projects;
  • the likely impact of the project.

Proposals may include support for fieldwork, laboratory work and/or archival research.

The awards are not intended to support conference attendance.

Applications for grants from the Fund should consist of the following:

  • a statement of aims, methods, and expected research output, which should specify how the proposal would satisfy the purposes of the gift from Mr Boise (maximum of one A4 page);
  • an estimate of costs (maximum of one A4 page);
  • a curriculum vitae (maximum of one A4 page).

University post-holders should nominate a senior member of academic staff at Oxford who could provide by e-mail a statement of support if requested by the committee. Applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers must include a letter of support from their adviser or Head of Department, as appropriate.

The closing date for applications is 26 October. Applications and any enquiries about the fund should be sent to Ms Niamh McEntee, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS (e-mail:

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Christ Church

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2010

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK's most valuable prize for young poets, is once again open for entries, and this year students between sixteen and eighteen years are challenged to write a poem on the theme of 'Promises'.

The first prize is £3,000, with £1,000 and £500 going to the second and third prize-winners. In addition to individual prizes, the students' schools and colleges also receive cash prizes and each winner is automatically eligible to enter the Tower Poetry Summer School held in August at Christ Church.

The entries will be judged this year by poets Stephen Romer, Michael Schmidt, and Peter McDonald. The competition is open to all sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds who are in full- or part-time education, and students and schools can find out more information about the prizes and associated future events at (e-mail:, telephone: Oxford (2)86591). The closing date for entries is 11 February 2010.

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