It is well known that some students are managing on limited funds. At times this financial hardship can affect students' ability to work, their health and general welfare. There are a number of ways in which these difficulties can be alleviated; please speak to your tutor for further advice. The college also offers funding to support study, travel, language learning, and sport; futher details are provided below.
NB: Students who wish to apply for a grant should read the advice below before competing the relevant form (available here). They should also ensure that they have contacted their tutor BEFORE submitting the form.
Types of Grant and Scholarship
- Book Grants
- Hardship Grants (For Hardship Grants arising from the current COVID-19 emergency, please be sure to contact your Tutor in the first instance.)
- Language Learning Grants
- Sports Grants
- Study Grants
- Thesis Binding Grants
- Travel (Holiday) Grants
The College runs a scheme whereby Junior Members may receive a grant of 50% of the cost of books required for academic work and approved by each Junior Member's Tutor, up to a maximum of £100 per annum. Students must purchase books themselves.
In cases of financial hardship, the college may be able to offer a grant or loan. Please speak to your tutor either to request a loan or before submitting a grant application form.
Language Learning Grants
Junior Members may apply for financial support towards the cost of language courses.
Junior Members may apply for financial support in relation to expenses incurred while playing sport. The College will consider requests for assistance with transport and other costs arising from training and fixtures. The College will also consider requests for assistance in purchasing necessary specialist equipment, although it would normally expect the Junior Member to contribute at least 50% of the total cost of such equipment.
The College encourages applications from Junior Members for grants towards expenses incurred in relation to their academic studies. This might include travel to and attendance at academic conferences, and expenses incurred in respect of fieldwork and language courses. Applicants should read all of the following before making an application:
- Retrospective applications will not normally be considered nor will the College normally pay for food.
- Applicants must ensure that their Tutor receives their application by midday on the Wednesday one week before the College Grants Committee meeting at which it is to be considered. The Grants Committee meets twice per term.
- Applications will not normally be considered from students who have received more than £2,500 (excluding hardship awards) during their course of study. Grants towards medical electives are normally capped at £1500, and grants towards internships are normally capped at £1000.
- Students must declare on the application form ALL previous grants, of ANY kind, received from Peterhouse.
- Assistance will not normally be offered for expenses incurred in connection with a course requirement.
- Assistance will not normally be offered for the purchase of standard electronic equipment.
- Assistance will not normally be offered for equipment or consumables required for a research project, where these might reasonably be expected to be provided by the organisers of the research project.
- Expenses will normally be reimbursed retrospectively. Successful applicants will receive a letter from the Senior Tutor giving details of when they should present receipts for all expenses incurred to the Tutorial Office. Students should inform their Tutor if retrospective reimbursement would cause financial hardship.
- For grants awarded in connection with travel to conferences, fieldwork or similar, students are required to make a short report (1 page of A4 as a maximum) giving an account of how the grant was used and how it has been of benefit to their academic studies. The report should be submitted to the Tutorial Office within one month of return or by the date specified on the Senior Tutor's letter, together with receipts for all expenses incurred to cover the full amount of the award. If final expenses were less than that of the original award, students will be asked to reimburse the difference.
- In cases where a student is attending a conference but not presenting a paper or poster, the College will normally only consider contributing up to 50% of the cost of attendance.
- Students should normally avail themselves of the resources of the University's Language Centre before applying for funding to take a language course elsewhere. (The College will also be sympathetic to paying for a student to stay in Cambridge to do a language course if it is to be followed by an in-country course.)
- Students in receipt of a grant to take a language course (including English for Academic Purposes) should provide the Tutorial Office with a copy of their certificate of attendance.
- Payment of Study Grants will normally be by credit to College bills. Students may, however, make arrangements with the College Office for direct payment to their bank account.
Thesis Binding Grants
The University may be able to assist with the cost of binding your thesis. More information is available on the university website.
Travel (Holiday) Grants
The College annually makes a limited number of grants to both graduate students and undergraduates for the purpose of travel (not normally for study) during the Christmas, Easter and Long Vacations. Please read the guidance notes before completing the form.