HAPP Visiting Fellowships at St Cross College
The Centre is able to offer one Visiting Fellowship per term, which is based at St Cross College and has a tenure of one term, to established academics/scholars coming to Oxford. Visiting Fellowships carry full membership of the College with use of all its facilities and Visiting Fellows are required to be based in Oxford for the term in which they hold the position.
When considering whether to apply, applicants are advised to assess the financial implications carefully. Each Visiting Fellowship carries no stipend or accommodation, but Visiting Fellows are entitled to free lunch daily in College as well as one Hall Dinner on Tuesdays weekly in term-time. You will need to budget an amount from your own income to cover all other meals, drinks and entertainment as well as research expenses, travel and other miscellaneous expenses.
Before applying, applicants must already have a personal invitation to hold visitor status at the University of Oxford in either the Faculty of History, the Faculty of Philosophy, the Department of Physics or the Museum for the History of Science to carry out research on a topic in the history and philosophy of physics during the term in which they are applying as a HAPP Visiting Fellow.
Applicants should submit a CV, personal statement and research proposal in PDF format, and should ask their proposed Faculty or Department at Oxford to write in support of their application to the Director of HAPP by email to email@example.com.
The Trinity Term 2023 HAPP Visiting Fellow, Professor Arne Schirrmacher gave a seminar entitled "How Students Created Their Own Curriculum - Physics and Chemistry Clubs in 19th an 20th Century Oxford" at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 13th June 2023.
The Trinity Term 2023 HAPP Visiting Fellow, Dr William Simpson gave a seminar entitled "Why Middle-Sized Matters: The Limits of Quantum Mechanics" at 5:45 pm on Wednesday 24th May 2023.
The Michaelmas Term 2022 HAPP Visiting Fellow, Professor Arne Schirrmacher gave a seminar entitled "From Awe to Experience, from Artefacts to Edufacts? On the Post-War Revolution in the Objects of Science Communication" at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 25th October 2022.
The Michaelmas Term 2017 HAPP Visiting Fellow, Dr Filip Buyse gave a seminar entitled "Galileo's Microscopic and Telescopic Observations: Their Impact on How Bodies are Conceived" at 5 pm on Thursday 2nd November 2017.
HAPP Essay Prize in the History/Philosophy of Physics
The HAPP Essay Prize in the History/Philosophy of Physics is awarded for an outstanding essay produced by an undergraduate or Master's student in History, Philosophy or Physics at the University of Oxford on any topic in the history or philosophy of physics, and is an award of £250.
The prize is intended for an essay which is based around a short piece of formal work submitted for academic study at Oxford with a maximum of 3,000 words, although this should be rewritten to make the submitted essay accessible to non-specialist readers.
Submissions for the prize (one entry per applicant) with the word count given and details of the current undergraduate/Master's course included should be sent to the Director of HAPP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 24 May 2024.
The 2023 Prize was awarded to Zhengrong Qian for his essay entitled "Is Thermodynamics Worryingly Anthropocentric?".
The 2022 Prize was awarded to Amit Karmon for his essay entitled "Two Seconds per Second".
The 2021 Prize was awarded to Kabir Bakshi for his essay entitled "Dualities and Empirical Equivalence".
The 2020 Prize was awarded to Marta Bielińska for her essay entitled "The Best System Approach and Scientific Practice".
The 2019 Prize was awarded to Julian Waddell for his essay entitled "Microscopy and Leibniz's Argument Against the Void".
The 2018 Prize was awarded to Manveer Sahota for his essay entitled "Painting the Correct Picture of Probability in Everettian Quantum Mechanics: Why Branch Counting is Untenable".
The 2017 Prize was awarded to Rebecca Charbonneau for her essay entitled "Intelligent Life in the Universe: The Influence of Cosmism in Mid-20th Century Astrophysics".