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The David Nicholls Awards

The David Nicholls Memorial Trust is committed to assisting original research about Caribbean societies, and the region at large, and has established several awards in memory of David Nicholls. The Trust is delighted to fund the David Nicholls Memorial Essay Prize awarded every two years by the Society for Caribbean Studies. The David Nicholls Scholarship was established to enable a postgraduate student to complete doctoral research at the University of Warwick. This scholarship is no longer running, but a limited number of annual bursaries are available to support Caribbean-related research projects – further details of these are given below. These awards have been made possible by a generous donation from Aileen Sleigh. 


Research Bursaries

Applications for the following Research Bursaries are currently invited for the annual closing date of 1st April. The proposed research should be completed within six months of the specified start date, and within twelve months of the original application submission date.

Two types of Research Bursary are available:

1)   The first Research Bursary (with a maximum award up to £1500) is available to support original research towards a dissertation or thesis that will benefit directly from access to the David Nicholls Memorial Library. Postgraduate students attending universities in the UK or overseas are eligible to apply.

Applicants should state clearly how the proposed research will benefit from extended access to The David Nicholls Memorial Library, which is housed at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. This contains David’s personal library, including research notes and his published materials on Haiti, Trinidad and modern politics in the Caribbean, as well as an extensive collection of publications on Caribbean societies, politics and theology. The library catalogue is augmented annually by acquisitions of new publications on current Caribbean research from across the Social Sciences and Humanities. Applicants may also indicate how their research might benefit from access to material housed in other libraries in Oxford. Of particular note are the archives of the Baptist Missionary Society (including material from Haiti, Trinidad and Jamaica) in Regent’s Park College, as well as materials on the Americas in the library at Rhodes House. Details of the holdings at Oxford can be viewed via the Bodleian Library catalogue.

This Bursary is intended as a contribution towards expenses such as travel to and subsistence in Oxford; library fees, or copying charges for material in the David Nicholls Memorial Library. Applications are particularly welcome from students in the Caribbean.

2)    The second Research Bursary (with a maximum award up to £1500) is available to support original substantive research and field work in the Caribbean, with a minimum stay of two weeks. Postgraduate students attending academic institutions in the UK are eligible to apply.

This Bursary is intended as a contribution towards expenses such as travel to and subsistence in the Caribbean, and other costs incurred directly in relation to the research project.

Postgraduate students applying for either Research Bursary must provide:

Applications should be sent  as electronic attachments ( as .doc or .pdf files) to Dr David Howard, Chair, The David Nicholls Memorial Trust, Kellogg College, Oxford OX2 6PN via david.howard@kellogg.ox.ac.uk. No late or retrospective applications will be considered for the current year of submission.

Successful applicants will receive two-thirds of the grant in advance of the project, and one third on completion. All awards must be claimed within six months of the completion of the proposed research visit. A statement of actual expenses with receipts and a 500-word summary of the research results and analysis should be forwarded to the Chair. It is a condition of each Research Bursary that the award is acknowledged in any subsequent publications or output, which draw directly on work supported by the Trust.The Trustees would be glad to house copies of publications or theses that arise from these awards in the David Nicholls Memorial Library.

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