Peterhouse Grants to Graduates and Undergraduates
The Friends of Peterhouse Well-being Fund
This Fund has been created by a generous donation from the Friends of Peterhouse in response to the current extraordinary situation. Members of the JCR and MCR are encouraged to apply to the Fund through their Tutor for anything that improves their sense of physical, mental or spiritual well-being.
The following list is indicative rather than exhaustive – it is intended to give people ideas rather than to limit their imaginations:
- exercise or sports equipment, e.g. yoga mats, running shoes, resistance bands, subscriptions to online exercise classes, etc.
- access to life-enriching skills e.g. subscriptions to language courses online via CULP or another resource, access to other online personal development programs.
- subscriptions to Audible and other online resources where taken out for forms of self-development or the enhancement of well-being.
- creative pursuits, e.g. paints and other artistic supplies, baking materials, subscriptions to online courses, etc.
- research related materials: laptop stands, external keyboards, monitors, noise cancelling headphones, access to books, e-books, etc.
This list is not intended to be exhaustive: students will have to make their case for their claim, and it will be at the discretion of the Tutors. Applications for support should be made by email to the student’s Tutor. It may facilitate the rapid deployment of the funds if students arrange a call with their Tutor in advance to discuss their proposal.
Following discussion with the JCR Committee it has further been proposed that £2000 be set aside for the production of a Yearbook for finalists.
A portion of the fund will be set aside to provide financial support for those who will have missed out on their graduation to enable them to return to College next year for a celebration to mark their achievements if they would otherwise be unable to afford to do so.
The Development Director will be reporting to the Friends on how their donation has been spent and the best way to thank the donors is to use the money creatively in ways that achieve the objective of easing this difficult time when we are separated from each other and coming to terms with greatly reduced social interactions.
Travel Grants (for Holidays)
NB. GIVEN THE CURRENT UNCERTAINTY ABOUT TRAVEL IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, WE CANNOT CONSIDER GRANTS FOR STUDENT TRAVEL AT PRESENT. THIS POLICY WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW FOR THE TIME BEING UNTIL TRAVEL IS AGAIN PERMITTED AND ADVISABLE.
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.
Download the form for further details:
To make an application for STUDY, LANGUAGE and SPORTS grants, YOU MUST go and discuss it first IN PERSON with your Tutor before submitting the form to the Tutorial Office.
NB. GIVEN THE CURRENT UNCERTAINTY ABOUT TRAVEL IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, WE CANNOT CONSIDER STUDY GRANTS THAT INVOLVE TRAVEL AT PRESENT. THIS POLICY WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW FOR THE TIME BEING UNTIL TRAVEL IS AGAIN PERMITTED AND ADVISABLE.
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. Please carefully read the procedures below before making an application:
- Retrospective applications will not normally be considered.
- Applicants must discuss their application in person with their Tutor, ensuring that this is done well before 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 2019-20.
- Applications will not normally be considered from students who have received more than £2,500 (excluding hardship awards) during their course of study.
- Assistance will not normally be offered for expenses incurred in connection with a course requirement.
- The College does not normally pay for the cost of food (unless it is included in the cost of the conference) on the basis that everyone needs to eat wherever they are.
- Expenses will normally be reimbursed retrospectively. Successful applicants will receive a letter from the Senior Tutor detailing when they should submit to the Tutorial Office, their report and receipts for all expenses incurred, covering the full amount of the award. 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 so that the College can show their gratitude to the donors of the funds. The report should be submitted to the Tutorial Office within one month of return, the exact date will be on the letter.
- 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 receipt of payment and 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.
Undergraduate Vacation Residence Study Grants
NB. GIVEN CURRENT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, STUDENTS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO RETURN TO CAMBRIDGE, AND THE COLLEGE IS CURRENTLY UNABLE TO CONSIDER REQUESTS FOR VACATION RESIDENCE.
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.
The College will continue to support students for residence during the Easter vacation. However, students will be asked to cover 50% of accommodation costs for the days they remain in College during Christmas and the Long Vacation. Hardship and study grant applications will still be considered where applicable, so speak to your tutor if you think you may be eligible.
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.
NB The generosity of the Friends of Peterhouse has made it possible for us, during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown, to fund 50% of a further £100 of book purchases for those students who have already applied for and been paid the maximum.
Please discuss this IN PERSON with your Tutor, providing receipts for all purchases, before submitting your form to the Tutorial Office.
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.
Please discuss this IN PERSON with your Tutor, providing receipts where possible, before submitting your form to the Tutorial Office.