Frere Exhibition and Curzon Memorial Prize

Frere Exhibition for Indian Studies

Entries are invited for the Frere Exhibition for Indian Studies. The Exhibition will be awarded by the Board of Management for the trust set up for this purpose.

The Exhibition

The Exhibition is awarded to enable its holder to undertake a specified piece of work, approved by the Board, in the field of Indian studies. It will be offered in Trinity Term 2018, for one year, and to a value of £2,500, subject to consideration of the financial resources already available to the successful candidate. The Board of Management may, exceptionally, extend the award at the end of the year. It may also award grants to candidates for the Exhibition, to encourage the study of matters relating to India.

The work must be carried out in Oxford unless the Board gives dispensation otherwise in the interests of the work. Candidates should specify in the application where they would wish to pursue their work.


The Frere Exhibition is open to Members of the University who, on the day of election, have not exceeded twenty one terms from their matriculation. In recent years successful candidates have been well advanced in their research.

How to apply

Closing date: Friday 25 May 2018

Applications must comprise:

  • A completed application form – available here.
  • A statement of no more than two pages in length, describing the work proposed.
  • An example of the candidate’s written work on a matter relating to India, of not more than 5,000 words in length.

Candidates should also ask three referees, one of whom would normally be the candidate’s supervisor, to provide in confidence a letter commenting on the candidate’s academic progress, the value of the intended project, and the reasons for requesting this funding. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that these references are requested and sent to the address below by the closing date.

Applications and references should be sent to

If you have any questions about the Exhibition, please contact Professor Christopher Minkowski, Chair of the Board of Management for the Frere Exhibition, on

Please see a PDF of this information here.


Curzon Memorial Prize 2018

The Curzon Memorial Prize will be awarded in Hilary Term 2018 for an essay on some aspect of Indian life or history.

The prize has a value of approximately £1000 and is open to all members of the University who have not exceeded fifteen terms from matriculation by the closing date for entries (10 March 2018). The prize cannot be awarded a second time to the same person. A second prize may be awarded for an essay of sufficient merit.

Entries should comprise no more than 12,500 words and need not reach that length. A bibliography should be attached. Entries must be sent to before 10 March 2018.

Essays should be unmarked, however authors are required to send with their entry a separate sheet detailing their name, college, contact details, title of their work, and date of matriculation.

Essays submitted for the prize may be submitted also as theses for the Honour Schools of Modern History or of Modern History and Modern Languages or of Modern History and Economics or of Oriental Studies in accordance with the faculty board's regulations.

If you have any questions about the prize, please contact Professor Christopher Minkowski, Chair of the Board of Management for the Frere Exhibition, on

Please see a PDF of this information here.