Cambridge University Reporter

Hanseatic Scholarships

These scholarships have been established by the Hamburg based Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS. The aim of the Foundation is to promote closer Anglo-German links within a European context. At present two scholarships are offered each year.

Candidates must be British subjects, and graduate or undergraduate (final year) members of Oxford or Cambridge Universities. They should not have passed their twenty-eighth birthday by 1 October 2007; the date by which the scholars elected in 2007 will be expected to take up their scholarships. These are tenable for one or two years at any academic institution in Germany. The successful candidates must undertake research at doctoral or postdoctoral level, or give evidence of a workable project not connected to a research degree. There is the opportunity to obtain a German degree.

The value of the scholarships is currently 15,000 Euros per annum (approximately £10,200) and is subject to regular review. Travel expenses to and from Germany will be paid for by the Foundation. 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 prior to university entry.

The application form may be obtained from the University of Oxford's International Office website: Applications must be sent to the Student Funding & International Office, University Offices, University of Oxford, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, to arrive by 16 February 2007. There is no application form; but applications should include the applicant's full name and age, a photograph of the applicant, a curriculum vitae, including a statement of the candidate's extra-curricular activities and interests, a programme of the work that the candidate proposes to undertake, and the names of two referees who have been asked to supply references. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that references reach the Student Funding & International Office by the closing date. A certificate from the head of the candidate's college that the application is made with the approval of the college and that the applicant is a British citizen is also required.

Interviews will take place in Oxford on the 12 March 2007 and the decision of the selectors will be announced shortly thereafter.