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Oxford University Gazette, 25 February 2010:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding


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Board of Management for the Gibbs Fund

Prizes on the foundation of Mr Charles D.D. Gibbs will be offered in 2010. Details of all Gibbs Prizes are set out in full below in alphabetical order. Candidates are not required to make a special application for Gibbs Prizes awarded on the results of coursework and public examinations, unless instructed to do so in the individual subject advertisement below.

Candidates for any prize must be members of the University who, at the time of taking the public examination or submitting the coursework on which the prizes are awarded, have not exceeded the twelfth term from matriculation. The University has, however, now approved legislation to enable Council to grant dispensation on grounds of protracted illness or other good reason, to a candidate who has exceeded the twelfth term from his or her matriculation.

Examiners may agree not to award a particular prize in any year if it is deemed that no candidate is of sufficient merit.


Biochemistry

The prize in Biochemistry is awarded on the combined results of the examinations for Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Parts I and II in the Honour School of Biochemistry in Trinity Term 2010.

The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.


Biological Sciences/Zoology

The Gibbs Prize in Zoology will be awarded to the best candidate offering papers in Animal Biology in the examination in Biological Sciences in the Honour School of Biological Sciences in Trinity Term 2010. The value of the prize is £450.

The Examiners have the power to award up to two further prizes for meritorious work in Biological Sciences (to a total value of £550). Candidates offering any combination of the five papers in Biological Sciences are eligible for the subsidiary prizes.


Chemistry

The prize in Chemistry is awarded on the results of the examination for Chemistry Part I in the Honour School of Chemistry in Trinity Term 2010.

The value of the prize is £450, and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.


Classics

Two prizes will be awarded worth £250 each, one for the best performance in the Latin literature papers in Literae Humaniores, Classics and English, Classics and Modern Languages or Classics and Oriental Studies; the other for the best performance in the Ancient History papers in Literae Humaniores, Ancient and Modern History or Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.


Earth Sciences

A prize of £180 is awarded on the basis of the quality and distinction of the field mapping report submitted in 2010 in the Final Honour School of Geology/Earth Sciences.


Engineering Science

A prize of £530 is divided equally between each of the members of the team submitting the best Design Project in 2010 for Part I of the Final Honour School of Engineering Science.


English Language and Literature

The prizes in English Language and Literature are awarded as follows.

Ten prizes, of £70 each, awarded on the results of Moderations in English Language and Literature in Trinity Term 2010. (The same candidate may be awarded the Mrs Claude Beddington Literature Prize and a Gibbs Prize)

Prizes of £100 each are awarded for the following papers in the examination for the Honour School of English Language and Literature:

(a) the best optional thesis;

(b) the best extended essay in Course I, Paper 7;

(c) the best extended essay in Course I, Paper 8;

(d) the best extended essay or optional thesis in Course II;

(e) the best overall performance in Course I of the Honour School; and

(f) the best overall performance in Course II of the Honour School.


Geography and the Environment

The prize in Geography is awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Geography in Trinity Term 2010.

The value of the prize is £450 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work and up to three additional book prizes of £100.


History

The prize in History is awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of History and associated joint Honour Schools in Trinity Term 2010.

The Gibbs Prize is £450. The examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £250 for meritorious work, and up to seven additional book prizes of £100.


Law

The prize in Law is awarded on the best overall performance in examinations in Contract, Tort, Land and Trusts in the Final Honour School of Law in Trinity Term 2010.

The value of the prize is £500 and the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £300 for meritorious work, and up to three additional book prizes of £150 each.


Materials

A prize of £190 will be awarded for the best performance in Part I of Materials Science or Part I of Materials, Economics and Management in Trinity Term 2010.


Mathematics

A total of £600 for students' performance in Parts A and B together—to be awarded as either two prizes of £300 or one prize of £400 and one prize of £200—at the discretion of the examiners.

A total of £400 for students' performance in Part C—to be awarded as either a single prize of £400 or two prizes of £200—at the discretion of the examiners.

Two prizes, of £100 each, are available for performance in Mathematics papers for candidates in the Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy: one of the prizes is available for performance in Part B; one of the prizes is available for performance in Part C.

Candidates awarded a Gibbs Prize for Parts A and B are eligible to receive a Gibbs Prize for Part C in a subsequent year.


Medieval and Modern Languages

A prize of £500 is awarded on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Modern Languages in Trinity Term 2010.

A prize of £500 is awarded for the best overall performance in the Modern Language in one of the joint Honour Schools involving Modern Languages with another subject (i.e. Classics and Modern Languages, English and Modern Languages, Modern History and Modern Languages, Philosophy and Modern Languages, European and Middle Eastern Languages) in Trinity Term 2010. Modern Languages examiners for the joint schools are asked to confer over the award of that prize.

In addition, prizes, of £100 each, are available for the two best performances in the Preliminary Examination in Modern Languages in Trinity Term 2010 in any of Czech (with Slovak), French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Linguistics.

(Note: a Gibbs Prize is not available in the language in which the Beddington Prize is being offered)


Music

Prizes are awarded, provided that there be candidates of sufficient merit, on the results of the examination for the Honour School of Music in Trinity Term 2010. The Music Faculty Board agreed, when making its recommendation about the Gibbs Prizes, that the examiners should be able to recommend the number and level of prizes to be awarded in any one year. This was to allow flexibility for variation in comparative performance to be taken into account in different years.


Oriental Studies

Three prizes, each of £233, are awarded on the results of Moderations either in Oriental Studies (Chinese) or in Oriental Studies (Japanese) or in Oriental Studies (Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies) in Trinity Term 2010.


Philosophy

Gibbs Prizes in Philosophy, of up to £100 each, are awarded for outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in each of the seven joint Honour Schools involving Philosophy (Literae Humaniores; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology; Mathematics and Philosophy; Physics and Philosophy; Philosophy and Modern Languages; and Philosophy and Theology).

The examiners shall have the power to make proxime accesserunt awards for meritorious work.

No candidate shall be awarded both a Henry Wilde Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

Unless otherwise stated, a candidate can receive both a Gibbs Prize in Philosophy and a Gibbs prize in another subject which they offer in the examination.

Any individual Gibbs Prize can be split between two equally meritorious candidates.

In Mathematics and Philosophy, and in Physics and Philosophy, the Gibbs Prize in Philosophy is split into two parts.

In each school, a prize of £50 can be awarded for an outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in part B of the examination.

A prize of £50 can be awarded for an outstanding performance in the Philosophy papers in part C of the examination, to a candidate offering at least two Philosophy papers (which can include a thesis in Philosophy).

A candidate in part C can be awarded the Gibbs Prize in Philosophy for part C if they have already been awarded a Gibbs Prize in Philosophy in part B.

In a year where the examiners do not award a prize for performance in Philosophy in one part of the examination, the unawarded prize money for that part cannot be added to the prize money awarded in the other part.


Physics

The Prizes available in 2010 are as follows.

The Gibbs Prize for Performance in the Physics Final M.Phys examination (£250). Gibbs Prize for the best use of experimental apparatus in an M.Phys project (£100).

A Gibbs Prize for practical work in Part A (£50), two Gibbs Prizes for practical work in Part B of the M.Phys examination (£50).

A Gibbs Prize of up to £100 in value may be awarded, provided there are candidates of sufficient merit, for the best performance in the Physics Department's speaking competition in 2010.

A prize of £100 is available for the best performance in the Physics papers in the Honour School of Physics and Philosophy.

No candidate shall be awarded both the Scott Prize and the main Gibbs Prize for performance in the Physics Final M.Phys in the same examination.


Physiological Sciences

A prize of £200 is awarded on the results of each of the following examinations: Parts I and II of the First Examination for the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine in Hilary and Trinity Terms 2010. The examiners shall, in each case, have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.

A prize of £100 is awarded on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Physiological Sciences in Trinity Term 2010.

Provided there are candidates of sufficient merit, one prize of £200 shall be awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Physiological Sciences and one prize of £200 shall be awarded on the results of the examination in the Honour School of Medical Sciences. No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and the Gibbs Prize.


Politics

The Gibbs Prize in Politics (£300) is awarded on the basis of the best Politics written papers only in the examinations for the Honour Schools of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and History and Politics.

In addition, the Gibbs Thesis Prize in Politics (£300) is awarded for the best Politics thesis or supervised dissertation submitted in the same examinations.

In each case, the examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £150 for meritorious work.

There is also a Gibbs First Public Examination Prize (£200) available for the best Politics written paper in the Preliminary Examination in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, or the Preliminary Examination in History and Politics. The examiners have the power to make one proxime accessit award of £100 for meritorious work.


Psychological Studies

A prize of £175 is awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity Term 2010 in the Honour School of Experimental Psychology. The examiners shall have the power to make a proxime accessit award of £75.

A prize of £175 is awarded on the results of the examination in Trinity Term 2010 for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology. The examiners shall have the power to make a proxime accessit award of £75.

A prize of £75 is awarded for the best Research Project submitted in Hilary Term 2010 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

A prize of £75 is awarded for the best Library Dissertation submitted in Hilary Term 2010 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

A prize of £50 is awarded for the best practical portfolio in Psychology submitted in Hilary Term 2010 in the examination for the Honour School of Experimental Psychology or for the Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology.

No candidate shall receive more than one Gibbs Prize in the same examination. No candidate shall receive both the main Martin Wronker Prize in Medicine and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination. It shall be open to the examiners to award to the same candidate both a Gibbs Prize and the George Humphrey Prize.


Theology

A prize of £275 may be awarded on the results of the examination for the Final Honour School of Theology in Trinity Term 2010. No candidate may be awarded both the Denyer and Johnson Prize and a Gibbs Prize in the same examination.

A prize of £275 may be awarded for the best performance in Theology in the Honour School of Philosophy and Theology in Trinity Term 2010.

A book prize of £200 may be awarded on the results of the Preliminary Examination in Theology in Hilary Term 2010.

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Oppenheimer Fund

The Oppenheimer Fund provides grants to assist the academic exchange of senior members between the University on the one hand and universities and similar institutions of higher education in the Republic of South Africa on the other. Applications are invited from senior members of the University who wish either to visit one or more universities in South Africa or to senior members of South African universities who wish to visit Oxford. Grants may be awarded to assist with living expenses for a maximum of three months, and travel costs. Visits for the sole purpose of attending a conference (or similar short event) will not normally be eligible for support from the fund.

The maximum level of grants is currently up to £1,000 per month for subsistence for those going to South Africa or £1,200 for those coming to Oxford. From 1 August 2010 these amounts will increase to £1,100 and £1,300 respectively. Additionally, up to £700 may be given to assist with the cost of travel between Oxford and South Africa.

Applications for grants from the fund should include: a statement of the purpose of the proposed visit (including an outline of the research to be carried out during the visit); duration and estimated costs, details of any other available sources of funding; a curriculum vitae and a letter of support from the institution in South Africa, or a letter of support from the host in Oxford if the applicant is coming from a South African university. For visitors to Oxford, the host should also confirm in the letter that he or she will assist in arranging suitable affiliation to a college/department and access to any necessary research materials. The host should also assist in finding accommodation in Oxford.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 16 April. After this, the next opportunity to apply will be in late Michaelmas Term 2010. Applications and any enquiries about the fund should be sent to John- Paul Roche, Graduate Admissions and Funding, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)70182, e- mail: john-paul.roche@admin.ox.ac.uk). Information about the fund is also available at www.admin.ox.ac.uk/studentfunding/oppenheimerfund.shtml.

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Rothermere American Institute

Three-year Graduate Studentship in American Politics or History

The Rothermere American Institute invites applications from current or prospective graduate members of Oxford University for election to a three-year graduate studentship to the value of £12,000 per annum, designed for students embarking on postgraduate study at Oxford and to be awarded to a student working on a topic within the fields of American Politics and Government or American History. The successful candidate will enter upon the Studentship on 1 October 2010.

Applicants should have an excellent first degree and include the following information in their proposals: (1) full name, age, and nationality; (2) summary of education and qualifications to date; (3) a statement of intellectual purpose in which the applicant specifies the nature of the subject; the research question to be addressed and an indication of that question's intellectual importance; (4) two completed academic references; (5) an e-mail address and a telephone number where the candidate can be contacted from 3 May.

Candidates should submit five hard copies of their application to the Academic Programme Coordinator, Rothermere American Institute, 1 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB, not later than noon on 28 April.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview on 13 or 19 May.


Two one-year Graduate Studentships in American Politics or History

The Rothermere American Institute invites applications from current graduate members of Oxford University for election to two one-year graduate studentships, each to the value of £12,000 per annum, for fourth-year graduate students working in the fields of American History or American Politics.

These one-year studentships are intended to support outstanding students who are in the process of finishing their doctoral research, and for whom a fourth year would allow the completion of their thesis. Candidates must not already have secured research funding elsewhere.

In the application a candidate should include the following information: (1) full name, age, and nationality; (2) summary of education and qualifications to date; (3) a sample chapter of the thesis and an outline of the project as a whole; (4) a reference from her/his supervisor making clear her or his judgement as to the likely completion date of the thesis were the scholarship to be awarded (5); an e-mail address and a telephone number where the candidate can be contacted from 3 May.

Candidates should submit five hard copies of their application to the Academic Programme Coordinator, Rothermere American Institute, 1 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB, not later than noon on 28 April.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview on 13 or 19 May.

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Deirdre and Paul Malone Prize in International Relations

The Deirdre and Paul Malone Prize was established by Dr David Malone in honour of his parents. It is awarded annually by the International Relations Graduate Studies Committee.

Nominations are made by the examiners for the M.Phil in International Relations. Eligibility is limited to M.Phil candidates who intend to continue to the doctorate in International Relations. The prize recognises outstanding achievement in the M.Phil, including the M.Phil thesis, and the quality of the doctoral proposal. The current value of the prize is £2,000.

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The Oxford Italian Association

Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Bursaries: amended notice

The Oxford Italian Association invites applications for open bursaries set up by friends and colleagues to commemorate the life and work of Clara Florio Cooper (1947–2004). This year it is intended to offer two annual awards of up to £700 each to promote graduate research into aspects of Italian culture (including, for instance, travel to consult manuscripts in Italian archives). Applications (closing date 30 April 2010) should include a brief curriculum vitae, preferably with an e-mail contact address, an outline of the research proposed (on no more than one page of A4), and a letter of support from the applicant's supervisor, and should be sent to Dr Dante Ceruolo, Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT (note: not to Dr Franca Pellegrini, as previously notified).

Smaller top-up grants (usually of no more than £100), intended for graduates specifically based in Oxford and working on Italian culture, are also available, and applications should be sent as above.

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