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Henry and Procter Fellowships, 1998-99


The Trustees of the Charles and Julia Henry Fund expect to offer two Henry Fellowships for the academic year 1998-99, one at Harvard University and one at Yale University, and to select candidates for nomination to one or two Procter Fellowships at Princeton University tenable for the academic year 1998-99.

There is a single competition covering both awards. Candidates must submit seven copies of the application form. One blank copy of the form will be supplied on request. Candidates must return that copy completed and six good photocopies of the completed form by Friday, 5 December 1997. Candidates must ensure that each copy of their application form is easily legible: type or use black ink. Three referees' report forms will also be supplied with each application form. Candidates are asked to complete Part A of each referee's form and to send a copy direct to each referee, with a request that the completed form should then be sent by the referee direct to the Secretary of the Trustees (Dr A.Clark, University Registry, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TN) by Friday, 5 December 1997.

Before applying for one or both of these awards you should satisfy yourself that you are eligible for the Fellowship concerned. Please note in particular that Henry Fellows are not normally allowed to be candidates for Harvard or Yale degrees.

Henry Fellowships, 1998-99

The Henry Fund was founded by the Will of the late Julia Lady Henry ''in the earnest hope and desire of cementing the bonds of friendship between the British Empire and the United States'' to provide Fellowships for British subjects at Harvard and Yale Universities and for American citizens at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The Fellowships are open to men and women and are not renewable. Henry Fellows may not (except in special circumstances) be candidates for a degree of the American University. The Fellowships consist of an assured place for which separate application is unnecessary, a maintenance grant, tuition fees for the course of study approved by the Trustees, health insurance, and a grant towards the cost of travel. In 1997-98 the maintenance grant is US $15,535, and the travel grant is £1,200: these amounts are reviewed annually. The maintenance grant is normally paid in instalments.

Candidates must be citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies, unmarried and under the age of twenty-six on 1 January 1998, and either (a) undergraduates of a University in the United Kingdom who will have completed at least six terms residence there on 1 January 1998 or (b) graduates of a University of the United Kingdom who are in their first year of postgraduate study at a university in this country.

While a high academic standard will be required of successful candidates, the Trustees also attach importance to other attainments and personal qualities relevant to the Founder's intentions. Candidates must produce evidence of character and intellectual ability, and must also submit a definite scheme of study or research to be carried out at the American Universities. The Trustees must be satisfied that the proposed work falls within ordinary university facilities. The choice of the subject of study to be undertaken by the Fellow can be regarded as unrestricted, provided the scheme of work meets with the approval of the Trustees and that of the American University.

The Fellow will report on arrival to one of the American Trustees at Harvard or Yale, who will act in an advisory capacity throughout the tenure of the Fellowship. Such emergency matters as a possible change of work or leave of absence will be at the American Trustee's discretion. The Fellowship is vacated on marriage. The University may naturally exercise its right to expel a Fellow in the case of grave misconduct. Such expulsion would terminate the Fellowship.

The Trustees will only consider candidates prepared to give their whole time to the objects of the Fellowships - which include study, social activities with fellow students, and travel within the United States. Fellows are also required to undertake to return to the British Isles (or some part of the Commonwealth) at the expiration of their term of tenure. This condition may be waived or modified in a special case.

Procter Fellowship to Princeton University, 1998-99

Procter Fellowships are awards of Princeton University. Candidates are nominated to the authorities of Princeton University by the Vice-Chancellors of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, who act on the recommendation of the Henry Trustees. The final appointment is made by Princeton University, after review and approval by the appropriate academic department of the University.

Procter Fellowships are open to men and women, married or single. Candidates must be Commonwealth citizens; must by the time of taking up their Fellowships, have taken at least the B.A. Degree or its equivalent at any University in the United Kingdom with First Class Honours in the final examinations; and must be certified as of 'good health, high character, excellent education in distinctively liberal studies, and exceptional scholarly power'. Preference is normally given to candidates who would be in their second or third year of postgraduate research when, if elected, they take up their Fellowship.

The Fellowship is normally tenable for one year as a visiting award, but provision also exists exceptionally for a Fellow to be nominated for admission to a Ph.D. programme at Princeton. Candidates who wish to be considered by the Henry Trustees for nomination for the Ph.D. programme should so state on the application form.

Fellows reside in the Graduate College at Princeton, and will be required to devote themselves to advanced study and investigation in 'a branch of subjects of one of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, exclusive of professional, technical or commercial subjects'. During the tenure of the Fellowship a Fellow must not engage in teaching or in any other remunerative work. The emolument of the Fellowship consists of a stipend (in 1997-98 $11,200), full tuition and student medical insurance paid by Princeton University. The stipend amount is reviewed annually by the Graduate School. Room and board charges at the Graduate College are deducted from the stipend (which is paid by the University in ten monthly instalments). US Federal income tax is deducted from the stipend, and in some circumstances may be payable on tuition.

Interviews and Reports

Candidates for both Fellowships are interviewed on the same occasion. Interviews will be held in London in February 1998. A medical examination may be required later.

The Henry and Procter Fellows for 1998-99 are required to send reports to the Henry Trustees on their year at Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, by 30 September 1999.

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Reporter Special No 7: Awards, Funds, Studentships, and Prizes - 12th November 1997
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