Jill Hart Trust for Indo-Iranian Philology

Subject Area: Indo-Iranian Philology
Chair: Professor Mark Smith - Chair of Faculty Board
Administrator: TBA

Previous Awards:

  • Charitable purposes connected with the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Committee for Comparative Philology

Regulation

§ 168. Jill Hart Trust for Indo-Iranian Philology

[Made by Council, 16 June 2005]

1. The bequest from the late Gillian R. Hart (‘Jill Hart’), together with any further donations for this purpose, shall be known as the Jill Hart Fund for Indo-Iranian Philology.

2. The University shall retain all of the Fund as a permanent endowment and shall apply the net income of the Fund towards the object of the Fund, which shall be to support elementary language teaching and learning, and philological teaching and study, of Vedic Sanskrit and of the languages belonging to the Iranian branch of Indo-European at their earliest attested stages; and to support the study of the early linguistic history and prehistory of the Indo-Iranian language family.

3. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

4. The board of management shall apply the net income of the Fund in furtherance of the object as specified in paragraph 2 but any unspent income may be carried forward for use in subsequent years.

5. These regulations may be amended by Council provided the object as specified in paragraph 2 is kept in view.

Standing Order

Committee of Management for the Jill Hart Fund for Indo-Iranian Philology

The fund shall be administered by a committee set up by the Oriental Studies Board, comprising the Chair of the Board ex officio; the Boden Professor of Sanskrit ex officio; one further member appointed by the Oriental Studies Board; the Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology ex officio; and one further member appointed by the Committee for Comparative Philology, Linguistics and Phonetics. Those members not ex officio will be appointed for three years and be capable of reappointment. The chair of the Committee shall be alternately the Boden Professor of Sanskrit and the Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology, each serving as chair for a period of three years with the possibility of continuation for a further three years.

The duties of the committee shall be:

(a) to make or recommend expenditure from the fund to support elementary language teaching and learning, and philological teaching and study, of Vedic Sanskrit and of the languages belonging to the Iranian branch of Indo-European at their earliest attested stages; and to support the study of the early linguistic history and prehistory of the Indo-Iranian language family;

(b) to advertise the availability of funds as widely as possible.

(c) to produce an annual report on the activities of the committee to send to the Board and to the benefactors, and to such other persons as the Board sees fit.

The committee shall be empowered to make grants of up to £600 provided that such grants are reported to the next meeting of the Board. For grants of over £600 the committee shall submit recommendations for the Board’s approval

Any surplus income remaining in the funds over and above that awarded for the foregoing purposes shall at the discretion of the Board be carried forward for expenditure in a subsequent year.

Any changes to these Standing Orders will also be subject to the approval of the Committee for Comparative Philology, Linguistics and Phonetics.

Committee Members

  • Professor Mark Smith 
  • Professor Christopher Minkowski
  • Professor Andreas Willi
  • Dr James Benson
  • Dr Philomen Probert
OS No. 40 SOF B1702 Index II/46