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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 aims to support as many students as possible with contributions towards such costs. 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. Please note that funds available in any academic year are limited, and no awards can be made after the funds for the academic year have been fully allocated.

As well as college funding, there may be funding available from your faculty or department, the central University, and external sources. We encourage you to make use of all funding opportunities, and the college does not normally fund the full cost of any activity,

Application forms must include a statement of support from your college Tutor (in the case of enrolled undergraduates) or your thesis/dissertation Supervisor (in the case of enrolled graduates).

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 that is necessary for the completion of your doctorate (including, but not limited to, fieldwork, visits to archives, and so on).

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.

Please note that this fund is not intended to fund the dissemination of research, attendance at conferences, or for activities not related to your degree. (For financial support for those activities, please see College Academic Grants (above), and Grants and Prizes for Non-Academic Purposes (below).) Moreover, Additional Research Grants will not be awarded to fund living costs in Oxford, the purchase of personal IT equipment (i.e. spare monitors, general-purpose hardware, laptops, or printers), furniture, or consumables of any kind.

There are two rounds of funding awards each year: one in Hilary Term and one in Trinity Term.  Further details, and instructions for applicants, 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 enrolled 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 fully allocated.  Click here to download an application form, and eligibility criteria for application.

North America Travel Grant

The college offers funding to enable a current student (undergraduate or graduate) to travel in North America during the Summer Vacation.  The funding covers travel costs and a spending allowance up to a total of £2,500.  Applicants will be required to demonstrate how they would use the funding.  This opportunity will be advertised by the Development Office in Hilary Term.

East Asia Travel Grant

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 East Asia Travel 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, and those who will have unusually high living costs as a result of the placement. These bursaries 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 Senior Tutor 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).