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Hanseatic Scholarships

These scholarships have been established by the Hamburg based Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS which wishes to reciprocate the Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford from Germany. The aim of the Foundation is to promote closer Anglo-German links within a European context. Two scholarships are offered each year to either graduate or undergraduate (final year) students at the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.

The scholarships may be held at any academic institution in Germany, and are tenable for one or two years. The successful candidates must undertake research at doctoral or postdoctoral level, or give evidence of a workable project not connected to a research degree; it would also be possible to obtain a German degree.

The current value of the scholarship is approximately €15,000 per annum, although travel expenses will also be covered. The scholarship is open to members of either Oxford or Cambridge Universities who have lived in the UK (including for educational purposes) for a minimum of three years prior to taking up the scholarship, and who have either completed all the examinations required for the B.A. degree, or have embarked on a course of postgraduate study at either University. Applicants must be under 30 years of age on 1 October 2009.

Sufficient knowledge of the German language is desirable, but candidates who do not have a good knowledge of German are expected to attend a language course in Germany, run by the DAAD or Goethe Institute prior to university entry.

The application form may be obtained from the University of Oxford's website at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/io/opps/index.shtml. Applications must be sent to the International Student Advisory Services, Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, to arrive by 6 February 2009. You will need to ensure, in good time, that your referees are willing and able to write a reference for you. The International Student Advisory Service must receive the letters from your referees no later than the application deadline. We will not contact your referees for missing references on your behalf. If someone listed on your application form is subsequently unable to act as a referee, you may arrange for another person to send us a reference, as long as the person is also able to comment on your academic performance and suitability for an award.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place in Oxford on 16 March 2009 and the decision of the selectors will be announced shortly thereafter. Students unable to attend an interview on this date need not apply. For further information please visit http://www.toepfer-fvs.de/hanseatic-scholarshi.html?&L=0%2F.

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Cambridge University Reporter 07 November 2008
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