The Board of Management will consider applications from full-time and part-time students on a course of study leading to a graduate degree of the University in the field of the History of the British Empire and Commonwealth, which may include Britain's 'informal empire' and the comparative or connected histories of other empires.
Applicants from faculties other than Modern History will need to show that their research contains a substantial element of Imperial or Commonwealth History.
Applicants may apply for grants to enable them to:
- examine archives in this country or abroad (see ‘Grants for Travel’ below); or
- complete a course of research which would otherwise have to be curtailed through financial difficulty (see ‘Grants for maintenance’ below) or
- publish a thesis approved by the examiners and considered by them to be of exceptional merit, provided that the work for this is normally carried out in Oxford.
The Beit Fund will not normally make any grants to fund attendance at conferences for student members. It should also be noted that PRS and M Phil students will not normally receive a grant until change of status to D Phil has been attained.
Michaelmas Term 2021 applications (closes Friday of Week 5)
The limit on individual grants will be raised to £3,000. As usual, our priority will be D Phil students, but Early Career Researchers and other staff without alternative access to research funding may also apply. D Phil students should have passed their Transfer process, but grants subject to future Transfer may be made. Grants are not normally available for conferences, first-year doctoral candidates or Masters students.
Grants are for the actual and reasonable costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence. They may be claimed in advance, except for £500 which will be paid only on the submission of a satisfactory report on work undertaken, and of receipts for costs.
Grants for Travel
Grants to examine archives in this country or abroad are available to cover the cost of travel and, where this is not already covered from existing sources, the cost of subsistence and accommodation. Grants will not normally exceed £2,500, and may be claimed in advance, except for £100, which will be paid only on the submission of a satisfactory report on work undertaken during the trip. Applicants should obtain several competitive quotations for airfares. Award holders are entitled to cover under the University’s travel insurance scheme. Applicants are responsible for ensuring they have obtained the requisite permits to conduct their research. They should also arrange to complete travel and fieldwork health and safety training (please refer to your Faculty for subject specific training).
Grants for maintenance
Maintenance grants of up to £2,000 will be considered for those nearing the end of their studies who might otherwise be unable to complete their research. However, the Beit Fund is unable to provide continuing maintenance other than through the research scholarship.