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Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship
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Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship

Applications are invited from members of the University of Oxford for the Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Award information

The scholarship is intended to enable the award holder to undertake study or research in a field of their choice, at any university, excluding art and music academies, in Germany.

Award details

Duration:Usually one year
Value:The scholar will receive a monthly maintenance grant. A small grant will be paid at the beginning of the award period to cover incidental expenses and books. An additional grant will be paid to assist with travel expenses. Scholars who are married before taking up the award will receive an additional allowance, if accompanied by their spouse.
Number:One award


Nationality:All nationalities, however preference will be given to those who have not already enjoyed an extended period of schooling or education in a German-speaking country.
Fee status:Home/EU and Overseas.
Level of study:Graduate and undergraduate (final year)
Year of study:Graduate students of all years. Undergraduates in their final year.
Subject:All subjects
College:All colleges
Other criteria:

Candidates will normally be expected to show a reasonable proficiency in the use of the German language, but a further grant may be made available to candidates who do not have a good knowledge of German to enable them to attend a language course in Germany at the beginning of their stay.

Candidates’ proposed programmes of research must be such that they can best be carried out at a German university or other institution of higher learning.

Other information

The scholarship is not tenable concurrently with any other travelling award, and it should be noted that the scholarship does not include payment of any University of Oxford fees for which the scholar may be liable for whilst in Germany. Candidates who hold UK Research Council studentships may however apply for suspension of their awards and suspension of status to enable them to take up the scholarship if selected.

Candidates will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • the excellence of their academic career and performance to date (in the case of current undergraduates one would normally expect a predicted First)
  • the coherence, interest and feasibility of their project or proposed programme of study and their qualifications for that programme; and, for candidates embarked on a research degree, their likely contribution to the subject
  • the value of a stay at a German university for their career plans and/or research project.

The combined Board hope to be able to award at least one of the German Scholarships (Michael Foster or Hanseatic) to an undergraduate in their final year provided someone of sufficient calibre puts themselves forward.

How to apply

The next application cycle is due to open in October 2016.