University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 18 March 2010:
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:

Wellcome Trust Open Access Funding

The Wellcome Trust requires all Trust-funded researchers to make their peer-reviewed research papers available through PubMed Central (PMC) or UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as soon as possible, and in any event no later than six months after publication.

Departments can claim reimbursement for the fee paid to deposit the article on PubMed Central.

Further details and the claim form can be found at oxonly/oa/woafee/.

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Craven Fellowship, Derby Scholarship, Thomas Whitcombe Greene Scholarship for Classical Art and Archaeology, and the Henry Francis Pelham Studentship 2010

Elections will be made to the awards named above in Trinity Term 2010, provided that candidates of sufficient merit present themselves.

The primary purpose of these awards is to encourage study and research abroad by making residence abroad possible for a substantial period of time.

(Note: it is not the purpose of these awards to provide maintenance grants for students whilst they are studying in Oxford). They are open to members of the University who are or will be on a postgraduate course during the academic year 2010–11 and who are at present in their first three years of graduate study, including master's degrees, or their last year of undergraduate study at Oxford. Only those who have not previously held one of these awards are eligible to apply (except for Pelham—see below). The awards are tenable for one or two years, as specified; tenure normally commences on 1 August in the year of election. The annual value of each is £1,000. In addition, if the committee has sufficient funds, it may provide grants to cover additional expenses incurred in residence abroad of up to £4,000, insofar as grants to cover these expenses cannot be obtained from other sources. Emoluments will be paid at the committee's discretion and in such instalments as it thinks fit.

If funds allow and candidates of sufficient merit apply, the Committee may make more than one award in any category.

Applications, on a form to be obtained from the Secretary to the Craven Committee, the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU, should be sent to the Secretary on or before Friday of noughth week of Trinity Term. Candidates are responsible for asking three referees to supply letters of recommendation, which should be sent to the Secretary of the Craven Committee at the Classics Centre, by the date given above. They should also indicate the study which, in the event of their being elected, they would propose to undertake. They will not thereby bind themselves, if elected, to pursue the particular subjects suggested at the time of application, nor will the Craven Committee necessarily accept without modification the subjects proposed by the successful candidates. Candidates should include a paper (c.5,000 words) written by them on any subject connected with Greek or Latin Literature, Greek or Roman History, or Greek or Roman Archaeology.

Election to an award is based on the written work and on an interview. The Committee will draw up a shortlist for interview on Friday, week two, Trinity Term. Interviews will be held on Monday, week eight, Trinity Term. All holders of these awards are required to produce evidence from time to time of diligent prosecution of their studies. The specific requirements of each award are set out below

Craven University Fellowship

This award is for the study of any branch of classical learning and is tenable for two years. The fellow is required to spend at least eight months out of the twenty-six months immediately following entry upon the fellowship residing abroad for the purpose of study at a place or places approved by the Craven Committee.

Note: The Committee has, however, power to allow postponement of up to six months of such residence abroad, and to grant partial dispensation from the requirement of residence abroad.

Derby Scholarship

This award is tenable for two years. The scholar is required to spend at least six months out of the twenty six months immediately following election residing abroad for the purpose of study at a place or places approved by the Committee, unless the Committee thinks fit to grant the candidate total or partial dispensation from the requirements of residence abroad. In accordance with the regulations of the Derby Scholarship, preference will be given to a candidate who offers a subject connected with the languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome (including Palaeography and Comparative Philology) or with one of these, provided that there is a candidate of sufficient merit.

Henry Francis Pelham Studentship

This award is open to members of the University, who, at the point of application, are on a course of study. It is for the study of Roman History and Archaeology and is tenable for one year. The student will be required to reside in Rome for at least three months during tenure of the studentship and to study under the direction of the British School at Rome, unless permission has been received from the Craven Committee to reside elsewhere during the whole or any part of such period.

Thomas Whitcombe Greene Scholarship

This award is for the study of Classical Art and Archaeology and is tenable for two years. It is expected that the Scholar will spend several months abroad during the tenure of the Scholarship to carry out research in connection with their D.Phil thesis.

Grants for Research and Travel

The Craven Committee also considers applications from postgraduate and senior members of the University for Grants for any purpose connected with the advancement of classical learning, including the study of classical art and archaeology. Candidates are expected also to apply to their colleges and where possible to other sources and to inform the committee of what support they receive. The committee will make grants in respect of research travel and accommodation costs, but not normally for basic subsistence.

Applications, which should be submitted on a form obtainable from the Secretary to the Craven Committee, the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU, should be returned two weeks in advance of the Committee's meeting in Hilary Term (Friday of week two). Only exceptionally will applications be considered in Michaelmas Term and Trinity Term.

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St Antony's College (Middle East Centre)

Azizeh Sheibani Essay Prize in Iranian Studies

The Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, is pleased to announce the establishment of a new essay prize in Iranian Studies to promote outstanding research in the field.

The prize will be awarded to the best essay in Iranian studies, in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences. The essays will be assessed on the basis of their originality of research or argumentation.

The essay should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length, including footnotes and references. Applicants may choose the most suitable form of citation, though all submissions should be written to the highest academic standard. Where appropriate, the judges may try to assist authors with the publication of the winning essay in a suitable journal.

Applicants must be current postgraduate students in any master's or doctoral programme of the University.

The deadline for submissions is the Friday of the third week of Trinity Term (14 May). All submissions should be sent as a PDF file by e-mail to the Middle East Centre Administrator, Mrs Julia Cook (e-mail:

The winner will be announced on the Friday of the eighth week of Trinity Term (18 June). The winner will be invited to dine with the judges at High Table in St Antony's College, and will receive an award of £250.

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