THE VIKING SOCIETY FOR NORTHERN RESEARCH
Research Support Fund and Prizes
The purpose of the fund is to assist in the development of the study of the literature, history, language, archaeology of early and medieval Scandinavia (including its relationship with other areas and cultures).
The fund is administered by a committee which is responsible to the Council of the Society (see below), and which will consider written applications made in the appropriate form.
Applications and Selection
The Council of the Viking Society expects and encourages a wide variety of applications to the fund. Along the guidelines it will use in evaluating applications will be the following:
Guidance to applicants
2. Applications may be made at any time, but the committee will normally meet three times a year, and will normally consider only applications received in due form by 1st February, 1st May, and 1st October.
3. A final report will be required from all recipients of grants, together with an account of expenditure with appropriate receipts. The report and account of expenditure, with appropriate receipts where possible, should be sent to the President of the Viking Society at the address above within three months of incurring the expenditure for which the grant was awarded. If the project is not complete when this report is submitted, a further report should be submitted on completion of the project. The President will present all reports to the Council of the Society and forward all accounts of expenditure to the Treasurer.
4. It is expected
that, except by prior agreement, any publishable work resulting from
activities funded by the Society in this way will normally be offered
first to the Society for publication, although there will be no obligation
on the Society's part to publish it. Wherever it is published, it should
contain an acknowledgment of the support provided by the Society.
The Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Council, has three members: the President and two other members of the Society (who need not be members of the Council). Members of the committee are elected by the Council, subject to confirmation by the Society at its AGM.
The President serves on the committee ex officio, and therefore for two years. The other members serve for four years, one being replaced at the mid-point of each President's term of office. Retiring members of the committee will not normally be responsible for a consecutive term.
If any elected member of the committee becomes unavailable during his or her period of office, the Council may co-opt a replacement for all or part of the remainder of the term of office of the member being replaced.
The funds available for disbursement by the committee are determined by the Council; the normal practice is for a variable annual grant to be considered and agreed at the summer meeting of the Council, to run for the following academic year.
The fund may be suspended by the Council or abolished by an AGM or EGM of the Society.
Application Form for Research Support Fund (to print out)
The Society has established an annual award prize, to be known as the Margaret Orme Prize, to be awarded to an undergraduate or new graduate student of Universities and Colleges in the United Kingdom and Eire (other than Oxford and University College London) who has distinguished himself or herself in fields of study appropriate to the Society's interests. The Prize will consist of free Membership of the Society for five years from the October following the date of the award, with an immediate gift of £50 (a sum which will be reviewed from time to time) and of such publications of the Society (excluding back-numbers of the Saga-Book before Volume XX) as the prize-winner may care to select from those available in print.
A nomination for the award should be sent either by the teacher responsible for Norse studies or by the Head of Department to the Joint Honorary Secretaries of the Society at the address below on or before 1 August in the relevant year. The nomination should be accompanied by a statement of the particular grounds for the recommendation and, if desired, by not more than one piece of written work by the student in question. Any information about examination marks or results will, of course, be treated with the strictest confidence. Adjudication by a panel appointed by the Council will normally be completed by 1 October each year. Any written work submitted will be returned as soon as a decision is made.
Additional copies of the notice may be had on application to the Joint Honorary Secretaries at the Viking Society for Northern Research, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.