The Alice Horsman Fund was established in 1953.
Its purpose is:
- To provide alumni with opportunities to travel at such time in their careers as may be of most value to them, in order to either broaden their experience of other countries and their peoples or to carry out research
- To support alumni in a significant career change
Alice Horsman was a Classics student at Somerville College, Oxford. She matriculated in 1908 and was among the first women to be called to the English Bar. She practiced law for many years until deteriorating hearing forced her to end her career. Her law chambers were destroyed in the Blitz in 1940, and in 1943 she bought the Drimnin estate in Morvern, Argyll and took up farming. With her adventurous spirit she took up sailing at the age of 65, cruising across the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean and later across the North Sea to Norway, keeping a medicine cupboard of Scotch whisky on board and never once succumbing to seasickness! She died in 1978 at the age of 89, but her abiding interest in her College never waned in her lifetime.
All Somerville alumni are eligible with the exception of visiting and associate students. It is not possible to use the fund to support course-related travel or research costs incurred by alumni studying at other universities or Oxford colleges. This includes Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBCH) students. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received previous awards.
Applicants should be in need of financial support, and be able to demonstrate that their proposed project meets one of the two aims of the Alice Horsman Fund:
- To support travel in order to either broaden experience or carry out research
- To support a significant career change
The planned travel or project must start after a certain date each term. It is not possible to be considered for retrospective funding unless there are exceptional circumstances.
2021/22 award levels
Up to £1,000. In exceptional circumstances, it is possible to make awards of up to £2,000.
Applications have now closed for the 2021/22 academic year. This webpage will be updated in September 2022 with details of the application process for 2022/23.
Decisions will be made by the Somerville College Travel and Special Project Grants Committee.
Successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief report after the completion of their project.
If you have any queries, please email the Scholarships and Funding Officer.