The Gordon Godfrey Bequest promotes the advancement of theoretical physics within the University by providing
limited financial support to assist in the travel and
accommodation expenses of academic visitors to the
University in this area.
Applications for financial support for visitors in 2014 will be considered shortly by the Gordon
Some background information on the grants and criteria
used for ranking applications is below.
Please have applications submitted electronically to Patricia Furst
(tel 9385 4566, fax 9385 6060, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
by 5pm Friday November 29, 2013.
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Gordon Godfrey Bequest
The Gordon Godfrey Grants Committee makes financial awards to
partially support the travel and living costs of academic
visitors to the University in the field of theoretical physics.
Awards are made on the basis of a ranking of competitive
Each application has a sponsor who would usually be a member of the
academic staff of the University and one who is interested in working
with the visitor on a specific project in theoretical physics.
There is no application form as such.
Applications should provide:
Details of the visitor's academic position and record
including a curriculum vitae or equivalent.
Outline of any previous research collaboration between
the visitor and sponsor.
Outline of the proposed research work for the visit.
Outline of a proposed course of theoretical physics
lectures suitable for under-graduates or post-graduates,
or a proposal for a Gordon Godfrey Public Lecture/Seminar.
Some evidence should be provided of the visitor's
effectiveness as a communicator of ideas. While such
lectures are not mandatory, the committee will tend to
rank more highly those proposals which include them.
Duration of the visit and approximate date of arrival.
All other sources of support.
The requested level of support and justification for it.
The committee meets twice each year, generally in
November-December and May-June. A reminder notice is circulated
about two weeks before each meeting, but applications
may be submitted to the Secretary of the committee at
any time. The committee makes recommendations to the
Dean for financial support for visitors for the
If an award is made, the sponsor remains responsible
for all the formalities of arranging the visit.
However, the awards themselves are made to the specific
visitor and are not transferable to another visitor
even for the same project. If the length of the visit
has to be shortened awards are rescaled in accordance
with tentative funding formula.
The mean award from the Bequest over the past few
years has been $4000 and the mean period of a visit 5-6 weeks.
Awards are made on the basis of competitive ranking,
with the overall criterion being the promotion of
theoretical physics within the University. Specific
points considered in the ranking have included :
The visitor must be recognized as a theoretical
physicist and the project must be a project in
Is the proposed project directly related to the
Sponsor's currently active research work? (It is quite
possible for the Sponsor to be working in experimental
physics as long as the proposed project itself is
clearly in theoretical physics. Proposals for projects
which mainly involve numerical analysis of experimental
data have not generally been supported.)
The track record of the visitor in the area of the
Does the proposal include a course of under-graduate or
post-graduate lectures in theoretical physics or a
Gordon Godfrey Public Lecture/Seminar?
Applications for supplementary support have been
favoured, that is cases where the visitor has been
partially supported from other sources of funds such
as their own travel grants, support from a bilateral
There have generally not been sufficient funds to support
visits by theoretical physicists at the post-doctoral -
or more junior - level.
The longest partially supported visits have been six
months, and the shortest two weeks. The most commonly
approved visits have been from one to two months.
Another area of support are the two prizes per year
totaling $400 recognizing outstanding undergraduate
performance in theoretical physics.
There are also Gordon Godfrey scholarships of
$1800 each per year which can be awarded to
outstanding students pursuing postgraduate study in
theoretical physics. These scholarships are renewable
annually subject to satisfactory performance for a
maximum of three years. The usual application procedure
is for the student's supervisor, or potential supervisor,
to submit a one page nomination on behalf of the student
making the case for the award on the basis of outstanding
promise. In the past scholarships have been awarded to
students of University Medal level or the equivalent.