University of Oxford


Oxford University Gazette, 21 January 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: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/studentfunding


Vice-Chancellors' Fund

The Vice-Chancellors' Fund has been established through donations by members of the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors in honour of three recent Vice-Chancellors, Lord Neill of Bladen, Sir Richard Southwood and Sir Peter North. The Fund is intended to assist students in the final stages of their D.Phil.

Awards will be made to D.Phil students of exceptional academic merit who require extra funding to complete their research. In order to apply, candidates should be expecting to submit their thesis by December 2010. It is expected that candidates will be in their third or fourth year of research when making their application. Awards vary and do not exceed £1,500.

Students must fulfil all the criteria below in order to be considered for a Vice-Chancellors' Fund award:

  • D.Phil to be submitted by December 2010;
  • confirmation of Status completed;
  • main funding source will end before the end of the academic year;
  • work is of an exceptional standard.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 19 February. Application forms can be obtained by e-mailing student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk or by writing to the following address: Vice-Chancellors' Fund, Student Financial Support, Examination Schools, 75–81 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG.

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Santander Academic Travel Awards 2010

These awards are to enable postgraduate students to travel to Santander Network countries (Spain, Portugal and Latin America) for academic-related activities; these include short visits to Santander universities to do collaborative work, to conduct fieldwork, or to engage in other study projects. The award is open to postgraduate students of any nationality, in any academic discipline. There are up to thirty awards with a maximum award of £1,000 being awarded to each student.

Awards will be distributed where the selection panel feels that it would make a substantial difference to a student's studies. Priority will be given to: D.Phil students conducting crucial research for their doctoral theses; M.Phil and M.St/M.Sc students conducting research critical for completion of their degrees; and other study projects. Typically, the panel will not fund simple conference attendance; only applicants who are presenting papers will be considered. The panel looks favourably on applications that involve collaboration with local institutions. The panel does not fund internships, travel for undergraduates or postdoctoral students, or travel to support those seeking employment.

Santander is a leading global bank. Since 1996, Santander Universities has been the focus of its corporate social responsibility activities. Between 1996 and 2008, Santander has channelled €600m into sponsorship of academic, research, and technological projects in support of Higher Education. Oxford is one of the 700 academic institutions that collaborate with Santander. Each year, Santander funds £20,000 in academic travel awards at Oxford.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 19 February, and applicants should refer to the Study Abroad Web site, www.ox.ac.uk/current_students/course_guidance_supervision/study_abroad. html, for further details on how to apply.

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Faculty of Theology Graduate Studentships 2010

The Board of the Faculty of Theology proposes to offer a limited number of graduate studentships, tenable from Michaelmas Term 2010. Some money is expected to be available from the following trust funds:

(a) Denyer and Johnson Fund—available to graduate students reading for higher degrees in Theology;

(b) Hensley Henson Fund—available to graduate students reading for higher degrees in Theology;

(c) Nora Taylor Fund—preference is usually given to AHRC-funded students in the fourth year of a doctoral programme whose work is of sufficient quality to justify an award.

Studentships may be tenable with a studentship at a college. The amount of the awards will be decided by the Theology Studentships' Committee. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. Should awards be made to cover university/college fees, such awards will be payable at the 'home' rate. Those students paying fees at the 'overseas' rate will be expected to make up the difference.

Applications are invited from graduates reading for higher degrees under the Board of the Faculty of Theology. Applicants for admission to the status either of Probationer Research Student (this includes M.St Research) or Registered Master of Philosophy Student from Michaelmas Term 2010 are also eligible to apply. New admissions, and those who already hold either Probationer Research Student (M.St research included) or Registered Master of Philosophy Student status should submit the following materials to Mrs E.A. Macallister, Theology, 34 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LD, to arrive not later than Friday, 19 March:

(i) a description of the research that the candidate intends to pursue for the degree of D.Phil;

(ii) two academic references in sealed envelopes;

(iii) a full academic curriculum vitae, including academic records;

(iv) a sample of scholarly writing not exceeding 5,000 words in length;

(v) a statement of funds currently available for the academic year for which the applicant intends to apply, and details of any funds received thus far in his or her graduate programme.

Applicants should indicate whether, if they were offered a studentship in conjunction with a studentship at a college, they would be free to become a member of that college.

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Hussey Bequest

Applications are invited by Friday, 26 February from graduate students in the Faculties of Music and Theology, and the Ruskin School, for a Hussey grant of up to £800 which may be used to assist with travel, maintenance, conference attendance, or other costs associated with research studies in the Church and the Arts.

The Bequest (kindly donated by the late Very Revd Dr J.W.A. Hussey, former Dean of Chichester) was set up to provide an annual lecture or series of lectures on the Church and the Arts to be known as the Hussey Lectures. Surplus funds may be used for purposes relating to the Church and the Arts.

Eligible applicants (those whose research concerns a topic relating to the Church and the Arts) should make application in writing giving a brief summary of their research to date, the purpose of their application, and supply a supporting reference from their current supervisor, to Mrs E. Macallister, Secretary to the Hussey Committee, Theology Faculty Centre, 34 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LD (e-mail: elizabeth.macallister@theology.ox.ac. uk, telephone: Oxford (2)70797). Applications will be considered on merit and not financial need.

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Canon Hall Greek Testament Prizes and Hall-Houghton Septuagint and Houghton Syriac Prizes 2010

The examination for these prizes will begin in the Examination Schools on Monday, 19 April at 9.30 a.m.

The subject for examination for the Canon Hall Junior Prize (£300) will be the Synoptic Gospels, St John's Gospel, and the Acts of the Apostles in the original Greek in respect of translation, criticism, and interpretation. The examination will consist of two papers.

The subject for examination for the Canon Hall Senior Prize (£500) will be the New Testament in the original Greek in respect of the translation, criticism, interpretation, inspiration, and authority. The examination will consist of three papers.

The subject for examination for the Hall-Houghton Senior Prize (£500) will be the Septuagint version of the Old Testament (three papers will be set); and for the Junior Prize (£300) such book or books of the Septuagint version of the Old Testament as shall have been previously named by the trustees (two papers will be set). Both examinations will be concerned with the two-fold aspect of the Septuagint, retrospectively as regards the Hebrew Bible, and prospectively as regards the Greek Testament.

The subject for examination for the Houghton Syriac Version Prize (£500) will be the ancient versions of the Holy Scriptures in Syriac in respect of translation, criticism, and interpretation, with special reference to such books as shall have been previously named by the trustees. The examination will consist of two papers.

Candidates for the Canon Hall Junior Prize, and for the Hall-Houghton Junior Prize, must be members of the University who are reading for a Final Honour School, or are at the time of the examination for the prizes within one term of having sat a Final Honour School.

Candidates for the Canon Hall Senior Prize, and for the Hall- Houghton Senior Prize, must be members of the University of not more than twenty-four terms' standing.

Candidates for the Houghton Syriac Version Prize must be members of the University of not more than twenty-one terms' standing.

No prize can be awarded twice to the same person.

Candidates must send in their names (electronically or by post) to Mrs E.A. Macallister, Theology Faculty Centre, 34 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LD (e-mail: elizabeth.macallister@theology.ox.ac. uk), on or before Friday, 19 March.

The set texts are :.

For the Senior Septuagint Prize: The Septuagint, with special reference to (1) Numbers ix–xxiv; (2) Ezekiel i–x; (3) Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus) xxxviii–li. The prescribed text being the Göttingen Septuaginta edition (Numbers, vol. 3/1; Ezekiel, vol. 16/1; Ben Sira, vol. 12/2).

For the Junior Septuagint Prize: The Septuagint version of (1) Genesis i–ix; (2) Isaiah lx–lxvi. The prescribed text is the edition by Rahlfs.

For the Syriac Prize: (1) Psalms, cxx–cl (Peshitta version); (2) Mark, chapters i–x (Peshitta and Old Syriac versions); (3) Acts, chapters i–xv (British and Foreign Bible Society edition).

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