University of Oxford


Oxford University Gazette, 24 September 2009:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding

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Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize 2010

The Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize, the value of which is £750, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, is open to members of the University, who, on the closing date for receipt of essays, have qualified by examination for the Degree of BA and have not exceeded seven years from matriculation or have qualified by examination for any other degree of the University and have not exceeded four years from matriculation or, not being graduates of the University, are pursuing a course of study leading to a postgraduate degree of the University and have not exceeded three years from their matriculation. An additional prize, of £350, may be awarded. The subject of the prize has yet to be confirmed.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'The Matthew Arnold Prize', to Ms K. Atherton, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than Friday, 26 February 2010. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. Essays are not expected to exceed 5,000 words, though no maximum length has been prescribed.

The prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.

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Chancellor's English Essay Prize 2010

The Chancellor's English Essay Prize, the value of which is £250, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, is open to members of the University who on the closing date for receipt of essays have not exceeded four years from the date of their matriculation. The subject of the prize is 'Talent'.

Essays should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'Chancellor's English Essay Prize', to Ms K. Atherton, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than Thursday, 25 March 2010. Authors should conceal their names and identify their essays by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. Essays should not exceed 12,500 words in length.

The prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.

Note: this replaces the notice published in the Gazette of 30 July (p. 1402).

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Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize 2010

A prize of £880 will be awarded, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, during Trinity Term 2010 for the best sonnet or other poem written in English and in strict rhyming metre. Any member of the University, who is registered for a degree of the University, whether as an undergraduate or a graduate student, may enter for the prize. The prize shall not be awarded more than once to the same person. A copy of the winning entry shall be deposited in the Bodleian Library.

Poems (one copy) are to be sent under a sealed cover marked 'The Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize' to the Ms K. Atherton, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, on or before Wednesday, 5 May 2010. Each author is required to conceal his or her name and to distinguish his or her composition by a motto, sending at the same time his or her name, college, address, and matriculation date in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. No author may submit more than three entries.

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Shelley-Mills Prize 2010

This prize, the purpose of which is to promote the study of the works of William Shakespeare, providing there is an entry of sufficient merit, is open to members of the University who on the date of this supplement have not exceeded three years from matriculation; and who have not been a member of any other university for more than a year.

The prize, value about £100, will be awarded for the best essay on the following subject: 'Shakespeare: scenes, scenarios, scenography'.

The essays (which should consist of about 5,000 words) are to be sent under sealed cover marked 'Shelley-Mills Prize' to Ms K. Atherton, English Faculty, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, to reach her on or before Friday, 19 February 2010. Candidates are required to conceal their names and distinguish their essays by a motto. The name and college of the candidate should be sent at the same time in a separate sealed envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it. Candidates must also submit a statement by the Head or Senior Tutor of their college that they have not been a member of any university other than Oxford for more than one year. Candidates should also include their matriculation date.

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Sir Roger Newdigate Prize 2010

The prize will be awarded, provided there is an entry of sufficient merit, for best composition in English verse not exceeding 300 lines in length on the subject of 'The Peninsula'. The metre is not restricted to heroic couplets, but dramatic form of composition is not allowed. The prize is open to an undergraduate who has not exceeded four years from matriculation. The value of the prize is approximately £800 (exact value to be determined by the Fund balance).

Poems (one copy) should be submitted, under a sealed cover marked 'Sir Roger Newdigate Prize', to Ms K. Atherton, English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, not later than Thursday, 25 March 2010. Authors should conceal their names and identify their entries by a motto. The name, college, and date of matriculation should be submitted at the same time in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

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English Poem on a Sacred Subject 2010

The subject for the prize will be: 'As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country' (Proverbs, 25:25).

The poem must consist of not less than sixty or more than 300 lines. It may be blank verse or in any form of verse rhymed in couplets or stanzas. There is a tradition which discourages dramatic form of composition for this prize.

Candidates for the prize (value of about £3,000) shall be members of the University who, not later than the closing date for entries for the competition, shall have qualified by examination for a degree of the University; or shall hold the Degree of Master of Arts by incorporation or by decree or by resolution; or shall hold the status of Master of Arts; or shall have qualified by examination for a degree of any other university. The judges may, at their discretion, also make an award to the proxime accessit. Should no such award be made the value of the main award will be increased.

Poems (four copies) are to be sent under a sealed cover marked 'Sacred Subject Prize' to Ms K. Atherton, the English Faculty Office, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, on or before 1 December 2010. Each author is required to conceal his or her name and to distinguish his or her composition by a motto, sending at the same time his or her name, college, address and details of degree awarded (title, university and date, which the Faculty will require proof of, before award of the prize) in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.

The prize may not be awarded more than twice to the same person.

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Passmore Edwards Prizes for Classics and English

There are two prizes, each valued at £200. One will be awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, by the Moderators in Honour Moderations in Classics and English to the candidate whose performance in that examination they judge the best. The other prize will be awarded by the Examiners for the Final Honour School of Classics and English, to the candidate whose performance in that examination they judge the best. No special application is required for either prize.

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Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize 2010

Two prizes will be offered, if there are candidates of a sufficient merit, each of a value of £250. The first shall be for the best performance in Course I Paper 2 of the Final Honour School in English and its associated Joint Schools (as judged by the board of examiners for the relevant School).

The second shall be for the best dissertation on a subject dealing with the works of Shakespeare submitted by a candidate for the M.St in English or for Transfer from PRS to D.Phil status (as judged by the board of examiners for the M.St course).

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Violet Vaughan Morgan Prizes 2010

The English Faculty Board is reviewing the terms and conditions of the Violet Vaughan Morgan Prizes. Once this procedure has been completed any changes have been agreed, a notice outlining the new terms and conditions will be published in the Gazette.

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Mrs Claude Beddington English Literature Prize

The prize, value about £150, will be awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, by the Moderators in Moderations in English Language and Literature in Trinity Term each year to the candidate whose performance in that examination, or in part 2 of the Preliminary Examination in English and Modern Languages in the same term, they judge to be the best. No special application is required.

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