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Welcome to the Parkes Foundation


The Foundation

The Parkes Foundation exists as an independent grant-making charity, providing funds to help postgraduate students undertaking research in the interdisciplinary field of biosocial science, and organising Workshops on related topics, and the publication of the proceedings.


Sir Alan S. Parkes, FRS (1900-1990)


Student Grants

Each year, the foundation considers awarding around 6-8 small grants (maximum £1000 each) and 1 PhD grant (maximum £3000) to help Masters and PhD students conduct research.

The list of Parkes Foundation Grant awardees for 2018 is now released.

Information for 2019 grant applications will be announced in November 2018.


The Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture 2018

Professor Geoffrey A. Harrison (1927-2017)

The 2018 Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture on human/biosocial sciences will be given in Oxford on Friday 2nd November 2018.

This year, the prize is awarded to Professor C G Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Human Population Biology and Health & Director of Research (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Department of Public Health), University of Cambridge, UK. The title of his talk is: From genes to latrines: A biosocial journey.

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