Student Awards

Somerville is pleased to offer a number of student awards for both undergraduates and graduates.

Awards for Graduate Applicants

Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarships
Somerville College and the University of Oxford have established the Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarships with the generous support of the Government of India. The scholarships are available to candidates ordinarily resident in India or graduates of universities in India, who demonstrate exceptional academic merit and who have been accepted to study at the University of Oxford in areas broadly related to sustainable development. Please use the Graduate Fees, Funding and Scholarship search for more information.

Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships
The Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust has been established to create fully-funded scholarships which will enable the most promising students to benefit from the unique education and intellectual environment that is offered by Somerville and Oxford. Please use the Graduate Fees, Funding and Scholarship search for more information or visit the Thatcher Scholarships webpage.

Somerville College Alumni Scholarships
The Somerville College Alumni Scholarship (SCAS) provides financial support from a range of restricted funds held by Somerville College to support academically outstanding Somerville students to remain at or come back to Somerville for graduate study. Scholarships may be named in honour of a particular fund, should a suitable match between the purpose of the fund and the subject to be studied. The SCAS is open to final year Somerville students and to all Somerville undergraduate and graduate alumni. You must have been accepted onto a graduate course of study in a subject offered by Somerville by the deadline. Scholarships are offered on the basis of academic merit and potential. Applications will open on Monday 6th March and close on Wednesday 12th April 2017.


Awards for Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate Thatcher Scholarships for Overseas Students
The Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust has been established to create fully-funded scholarships which will enable the most promising students to benefit from the unique education and intellectual environment that is offered by Somerville and Oxford. Please visit the Thatcher Scholarships webpage for more information.


Awards for Alumni

Alice Horsman Scholarships for Alumni
The Alice Horsman Scholarship was established in 1953. Alice Horsman, a Classics student at Somerville who matriculated in 1908, was a great traveller who wished to provide opportunities for former Somerville students to experience other countries and peoples, whether through travel, research or further study. The Alice Horsman Scholarship is open to all Somerville undergraduate and graduate alumni who are in need of financial support for a project involving travel, research or further study that is intended to enhance career prospects. Applications are accepted at the start of each term and have now closed for Hilary Term. Applications for Trinity Term will open on Monday 6th March and close on Wednesday 12th April 2017.


Awards for Travel, Special Projects and Development

Travel and Special Project Grants
The College has certain, limited funds available to enable it to make grants to both undergraduate and graduate students for costs relating to their studies. The award could be used to support the cost of travel that is not a core part of a student’s course but nevertheless relates to her/his studies. It could also be used to cover the cost of courses, expeditions or residences abroad, as well as events in Oxford. Education Committee allocates these awards on the basis of the recommendation of the applicant’s Personal Tutor or College Adviser. Applications are accepted at the start of each term and have now closed for Hilary Term. Applications for Trinity Term will open in March.

Alice Horsman Scholarships for Finalists
The Alice Horsman Scholarship was established in 1953. Alice Horsman, a Classics student at Somerville who matriculated in 1908, was a great traveller who wished to provide opportunities for former Somerville students to experience other countries and peoples, whether through travel, research or further study. The Alice Horsman Scholarship is open to final year students who are in need of financial support for a project involving travel, research or further study that is intended to enhance career prospects. Applications are accepted at the start of each term and have now closed for Hilary Term. Applications for Trinity Term will open on Monday 6th March and close on Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Thatcher Development Awards
As part of the Thatcher Scholarships and the Development Programme, the College is launching development awards. Applications from students for the 2016/17 academic year will close on Friday 17th February. Please use the following application form:

Rhabanus Maurus Awards
Thanks to the generosity of Catherine Hughes (Principal, 1989-1996), we are able to offer three Rhabanus Maurus awards of up to £1,000 each for a project which contributes to the intellectual and personal development of an undergraduate or graduate reading Modern Languages or one of its joint schools. In exceptional cases, it may be possible to make an award of up to £1,500. Examples of past projects include a study of museums of migration across Europe; a trip to explore locations of medieval Occitan poetry; intercultural exchange through a stay in China. If you have a project for the summer 2017 which relates to your course and meets those criteria, please submit your proposal (up to 300 words which set out how the project would expand your intellectual horizons) and a budget to academic.office@some.ox.ac.uk by email, quoting ‘Rhabanus Maurus award’ in the title line. Projects should have been completed by 30 September 2017. Deadline for applications: Monday, 24 April 2017, 9.00a.m.


Awards for Academic Achievement

Medical Fund Scholarships
Somerville is pleased to offer one or more Medical Fund Scholarships to students who will in the following academic year be in their second or subsequent year of Somerville study for the Second BM (Clinical Medicine) or Graduate Entry Medicine course. All students will be able to re-apply for each year that they are studying for the Second BM/Graduate Entry Medicine at Somerville. The Scholarship(s) will be awarded to the applicant(s) whose academic record manifests the highest level of performance in the previous academic year. Applications for Trinity Term will open on Monday 6th March and close on Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Undergraduate Thatcher Scholarships for Home, EU and Islands Students
The Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust has been established to create fully-funded scholarships which will enable the most promising students to benefit from the unique education and intellectual environment that is offered by Somerville and Oxford. Please visit the Thatcher Scholarships webpage for more information.

Prizes
A number of prizes are awarded each year to undergraduates and graduates on the basis of exam results.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Exhibitions
Each term, Education Committee award scholarships and exhibitions to undergraduates based on recommendations from Personal Tutors.


Awards for Course Costs

Grants for Books, Research Materials and Medical Equipment
The College provides certain grants to reimburse the cost of books, research materials and medical equipment. Please click on the relevant links for the application forms:


Several of these awards have been made possible by the generosity of our alumni:

Hansell Scholarship
A scholarship for undergraduates or graduates, preferably for short periods, in connection with their own studies or with international affairs. Under exceptional circumstances a woman from another College might be considered.

Joan and Don Dixson Travel Grant
Two grants are available: the first is to cover travel expenses in the former GDR and/or Berlin; the second is for travel expenses in the former Easter bloc countries (ex-GDR)

Carmen Blacker Travel Grant
To support undergraduate travel connected to the study of religion.

Daphne Robinson Award
To be used by a student who is not studying a language as part of her/his degree course but needs a language to help with her/his studies.