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Undergraduate Grants and Scholarships

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
  • Language Learning Grants
  • Sports Grants
  • Study Grants
  • Travel (Holiday) Grants
  • Vacation Residence Grants
  • Scholarships, Exhibitions and Prizes

Book Grants

The College is running 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.

Hardship Grants

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.

Sport Grants

Junior Members may apply for financial support in relation to expenses incurred whilst representing the University in sport.  In particular, the College will consider requests for assistance with transport and other costs arising from training and fixtures arranged through a recognised University sports club.  The College may also consider requests for assistance in purchasing necessary specialist equipment needed for University sport, although it would normally expect the Junior Member to contribute at least 50% of the total cost of such equipment.

Study Grants

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:

  1. Retrospective applications will not normally be considered.
  2. 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 on the dates indicated in the College Calendar 2018-19.
  3. Applications will not normally be considered from students who have received more than £2500 (excluding hardship awards) during their course of study.
  4. Assistance will not normally be offered for expenses incurred in connection with a course requirement.
  5. Assistance will not normally be offered for the purchase of standard electronic equipment although specialist equipment might be considered.
  6. Expenses will normally be reimbursed retrospectively. Successful applicants will be issued with an expense claim form that should be returned to the Tutorial Office together with receipts for all expenses incurred. Students should inform their Tutor if retrospective reimbursement would cause financial hardship.
  7. 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, together with the expense claim form.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

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.

Vacation Residence Grants

The College will consider Applications from undergraduates for grants towards the costs of remaining in Cambridge for the purpose of vacation study. Current Vacation Residence Grant forms will be made available after each vacation period has ended. 

Scholarships, Exhibitions and Prizes

The College recognises academic excellence amongst its undergraduates with a range of annual scholarships, exhibitions and prizes, which bring both prestige and monetary reward. 

Undergraduates who take a First in a Tripos or Preliminary Examination or in a College examination that is approved as equivalent to these University Examinations are recommended to the Governing Body for a Scholarship and a College Prize. A Scholarship may be held for more than one year if a high academic standard is maintained.  Those who take a high II.1 may be recommended for Exhibitions, which may likewise be held for more than one year.  Scholarships and Exhibitions awarded on the results of a final Tripos are made retrospective.

A Scholarship is valued at £125 per annum and an Exhibition at £75 per annum.  Scholars are also invited to the Commemoration of Benefactors Dinner in Lent Term.

College Prizes, which are now all monetary, will henceforth be rewarded as follows.

An undergraduate who takes a First in the first year of study will gain £225; one who takes a First in the second year will gain £250. In the third year the prize will be £275 and in the fourth year £300. A starred First will attract a further £125 and an undergraduate who takes a First for the first time in a final Tripos will gain an extra £175.

In addition there are Peterhouse prizes in most Triposes for the best undergraduate result: some of these have rewards in hundreds of pounds. 

The new values mean that, for example, an undergraduate who takes a First in the first year of study will gain a Scholarship of £125 and a Prize of £225 before any other special prizes.  A First in higher years will produce larger sums.

Thanks to the generosity of various benefactors, the College is able to offer a number of other Prizes unconnected with Tripos:

  • The Lady Alexandra Dacre Music Prize
  • Bishop White-Thomson's Reading Prize
  • The Dwyer-Nixon Prize
  • The Kenneth Thomas Law Prize
  • Sir Geoffrey Ellis's Essay Prize
  • The Jepson Prize

Details will be posted during the year in F Staircase.