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Grants for Graduate Students

Grants for Academic Purposes

College Academic Grants

The college has funds to assist with academic matters, such as travel and accommodation costs incurred while attending conferences and conducting research towards coursework or your thesis.

The college does not normally expect to fund the full cost of any activity, and applicants are normally expected to seek funds from other possible sources as well (e.g. their faculty or department, other University funds, and externally where possible). Application forms must include a statement of support from your college Tutor (in the case of undergraduates) or your thesis/dissertation Supervisor (in the case of graduates).

The amount available to each student is based on their fee liability, with £300 available for each year a student is liable for fees, further details are available on the application form. Funds available in any academic year are limited, and no awards can be made after the funds for the academic year have been exhausted.

Click here to download an application form.

Clinical medics (i.e. students reading for the 2nd BM, years 4–6 of the undergraduate medical course) are offered the following College Academic Grants:

  • Grant for books and equipment (including stethoscopes) up to £250 per annum;
  • Academic grants, e.g. for electives, up to a maximum of £500 per annum.

Additional Research Grant Fund for DPhil students

The college has an Additional Research Grant Fund for DPhil students.  Awards (up to a maximum of £750 per application) will be given to help fund primary research (including, but not limited to, fieldwork, visits to archives, and so on) necessary for the completion of your doctorate.

Applicants must seek to secure matching funding from their Department/Faculty, or other sources, where available. However, should these applications be unsuccessful, your application for the Additional Research Grant will not be automatically rejected.

This fund is not intended to fund the dissemination of research, or attendance at conferences, or for activities not related to your degree. Moreover, it will not be awarded to fund living costs in Oxford. The College does not normally fund the purchase of new equipment, or consumables for lab subjects either.

There are two rounds of funding awards each year: one in Hilary Term and one in Trinity Term.  Further details, and how to apply, will be e-mailed to graduate students in advance of those deadlines.

Grants and Prizes for Non-Academic Purposes

Sports and Arts Grants

A limited amount of funding is available to graduates or undergraduates who wish to undertake a sporting or arts activity.  Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served, basis until the funds are exhausted.  Click here to download an application form, and eligibility criteria for application.

North America Travel Scholarship

The college offers funding to enable a current student (undergraduate or graduate) to travel in North America for at least four weeks during the Long Vacation.  A condition of the funding is that the recipient stays for some of their time with alumni/ae of Exeter and acts as an ambassador for the college.  The funding covers travel costs and a spending allowance up to a total of £2500.  Applicants will be required to demonstrate how they would use the funding, and may have to attend an interview before a selection committee.  This opportunity will be advertised by the Development Office in Hilary term.

East Asia Travel Scholarship

If you’re thinking of heading to East Asia, this grant, generously supported by friend of Exeter Peter Thompson, may be for you. Your trip should have a purpose, not closely linked to your academic studies. The EAT Scholarship provides funding of up to £2,500, £2,000 of which will be available in advance to cover the cost of flights and other travel, and £500 given upon receipt of expenses. This opportunity will be advertised by the Development Office in Hilary term.

Ashok Ranganathan Travel Grant

Named to honour Ashok Ranganathan, the father of Ashwin Ranganathan (1991, PPE), this award provides funding to enable students to take up a placement at an NGO in an Asian or developing country, or alternatively to study or work in India during the Summer Vacation. The Ashok Ranganathan Travel Grant provides one award of £1,000 or two awards of £500 each. This opportunity will be advertised by the Development Office in Hilary term.

Internship Bursaries

A small number of internship bursaries are available to students undertaking internships during the summer vacation. Preference is given to those undertaking unpaid positions or who will have unusually high living costs as a result of the placement. These are currently funded through gifts to the Annual Fund. Details on how to apply are sent out from the Academic Office by email, in Trinity Term.

Language lessons (where not strictly required for a student’s degree)

The college will pay half the cost of ‘Fast Track’ courses (specifically from the Fast Track pathway) within the ‘Languages for All’ programme provided by Oxford University Language Centre that are successfully completed by undergraduates and graduates of the college, on provision of receipts and the graduation certificate. You must seek a signature of approval from the Academic Dean at the beginning of the year, prior to commencing the course, and the College will reimburse half the cost at the end of Trinity Term (upon successful completion of the full course).