Old Court

Financial support

Thanks to the continuing generosity of large numbers of Petreans past and present, Peterhouse is in the fortunate position of having funds available for the support of its undergraduates and graduates.  Careful stewardship by the current and previous bursar has ensured that these have grown steadily in value and are now quite significant.  Last year we were able to help students a total of 337 times - it is not unusual for students to be awarded more than one grant in the course of a single year. In addition, 58 students were in receipt of Cambridge Bursaries which are partially funded by the College.  Different categories of grant are distributed in different ways. Undergraduate Bursaries are means tested and awarded in collaboration with the central bodies as part of the Cambridge Bursaries Scheme.  Peterhouse Research Studentships and Scholarships are awarded by the Research Studentships Committee.  Other grants, such as hardship grants, are distributed by the Grants Committee; travel grants are distributed by the Travel Grants Committee.

Undergraduate  Bursaries: In 2014, 58 students were in receipt of Cambridge Bursaries for a total cost to the College of just over £99,000 from the endowment, the Postan Fund, the Dick and Edna Airey Fund and donations from Petreans including the Friends of Peterhouse.

Research Studentships and Scholarships:  In 2014, 17 full or partial Peterhouse Graduate Studentships were awarded at a total cost to the College of over £215,000.  The vast majority of the full awards were in the arts as successful applicants in the sciences were subsequently partially or fully funded by Scientific Research Councils.  Of these fully funded awards one was supported by the Blacker-Loewe Fund for Chinese/Japanese and Classical studies.  One PhD and 3 MPhils were supported from the College’s Graduate Studentship Funds in the Arts and in the Sciences thanks to the generosity of Petreans.

Travel grants:  In 2014, the Travel Grants Committee awarded 57 travel grants for a total of over £12,000.

Book Grants:  Over £800 in book grants for 22 awards.

Cowling Fund:  (bursaries for historians) 7 awards totalling almost £5,000.

Donation Fund:   (awards for hardship, vacation residence, medical expenses) 15 awards totalling over £17,000.

Edward Lipman Fund:  (financial assistance for Graduates and Undergraduates in Classics, English, History, Music, and Politics) 2 awards totalling £1,300.

Bruckmann: made possible by a substantial donation from PACK Bruckmann (m. 1936) this fund is used to support language study and travel abroad related to conferences and research.  In 2014-15 21 awards were made totalling over £18,000.

Friends of Peterhouse: 25 grants totalling over £20,000 a variety of purposes hardship, medical, sporting, and research.

Stemson: 12 awards totalling almost £2,500 to help with the cost of representing the University in sport.

Gehring Fund:  (for a student from abroad in financial difficulty): 1 award £500.

Greta Burkill Fund for Graduates:  39 grants to graduate students for a variety of purposes including language courses, travel to conferences and travel for research totalling £32,500.

Gunn Studentships: 1 award of almost £3,000 towards the final year of a PhD.

Undergraduate medic and science students:  Over £1,000 on research related travel and language acquisition.

Plevy Newman Fund:  (for medical students): 6 grants totalling over £4,500 towards conferences and the cost of electives.

Kidd Bequest:  (vacation study grants): Over £22,000 to support students remaining in College over the vacations - 114 awards.

Morgan Fund:  (support for those seeking ordination):  3 grants totalling £19,000 to cover fees and maintenance.

Muir Wood Award:  (for graduates in maths engineering and science) For attending conferences, hardship and long vacation residence 5 awards totalling over £3,500.