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Why Nuffield College?
The size and shape of Nuffield College, combined with the eminence of its academic fellows, make it distinctive amongst Oxford colleges. Nuffield is in its own right one of the world’s leading social science institutions, and the College has been - and continues to be - the source of many major research developments in social science. It has a rich and distinctive history too; it was, amongst other things, the first Oxford college to admit both men and women as students and academics.
Here is a summary of the main benefits and advantages offered by the College.
·        Graduate College. Since Nuffield is a graduate college, it can focus exclusively on the needs of graduates. Interaction between students and fellows is encouraged; unlike most other Oxford colleges, common room and dining facilities within the College are shared. By concentrating on social sciences we provide students with a 'critical mass' of lively peers interested in common issues, problems, and approaches (so, for example, student seminars are easy to arrange).
·         A Close-Knit Social Science Community. The College has a total student body of around 90, of which about one-third are resident in College. Each year, around 30 new students are admitted, either to postgraduate taught courses (e.g., MPhil or MSc level courses) or for postgraduate research courses (to read for doctorates, known as the DPhil). There are nearly 40 permanent academic fellows, who together make up the College’s Governing Body. There is, in addition, an active community of Senior Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, and associate members, and together this creates a vibrant and welcoming research environment, with many opportunities for interaction with teachers and researchers working in or around particular areas of the social sciences.
·         Academic Support. For all graduate students at Oxford, formal degree supervision is provided primarily by the University, but at Nuffield each graduate student is also assigned a College Supervisor, who can provide additional academic support. The College also hosts regular series of 'cutting-edge' research seminars, with speakers drawn widely from within the College and beyond. Nuffield has a vibrant academic visitors programme and regularly hosts senior academics from around the world.


·       Financial and other Support. Nuffield offers a generous student support package; during their first four Nuffield student years all eligible students currently are entitled to receive:
-       an accommodation allowance;
-       residential accommodation within College for up to two years (charged at the standard rate);
-       an annual research allowance, including a start-up grant for initial expenses (e.g. for IT equipment);
-       subsidised meals in College;
-       a study (or study bedroom) in College;
-       access to a dedicated social science library, on-site with 24-hour access;
-       membership of a Junior Common Room.
Prospective students should consult the current Student Handbook for further information.
·         Welfare Support. Nuffield College places great importance on the health and well-being of its students, and has a dedicated team of people who are able to offer help, support, and advice, including a College Counsellor, a College Doctor, and an Equality and Diversity Officer. The Senior Tutor and other staff in the College’s Academic Administration Office are also on hand to provide advice and practical help as required.
·        Career Development Opportunities. Each year, the College offers a number of Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowships (PPRFs) to outstanding young scholars in the Social Sciences who have recently completed or are close to completing their doctoral study. The fellowships are tenable for up to three years. A Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship is an ideal next step in the career development of young academics before taking up a more permanent (teaching) position. In particular, it allows young scholars to complete significant pieces of research before entering the academic job market in the US, Europe, or elsewhere. Many distinguished academics have held these fellowships in the past, including Ariel Rubinstein (Princeton & Tel-Aviv), Martin Feldstein (Harvard & NBER), Canice Prendergast (Chicago Business School), Joel Watson (UC San Diego), Avner Shaked (Bonn), Kai-Uwe Kühn (Michigan), Chris Harris (Cambridge), and Oliver Linton (London School of Economics). Recent placements of PPRFs include tenure-track positions at Harvard Business School, Finance Group; London School of Economics, Department of Government; Tel-Aviv University, Department of Economics; and University of Pennsylvania, Department of Economics.
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