As a college, we believe all internships should be paid. However, we recognise that many are not at the present time and, recognising this reality, are determined not to disadvantage those students who wish to advance their careers by undertaking an internship.
Funding is available from Somerville for current students towards the cost of internships, research placements and unpaid work experience. Awards are made from two funds:
- Catherine Hughes Fund to fund initiatives to raise aspirations and expand horizons in the student community with a focus on intellectual curiosity and social conscience.
- Dr Stephanie Dalley Fund to fund internships with non-profit organisations, be they cultural or charitable.
Enrolled students. This includes research graduates who have submitted their thesis, but not received leave to supplicate. Students who are on suspension, visiting students and associate students are not eligible. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received previous awards.
The planned internship must start after Wednesday 15th June. It is not possible to be considered for retrospective funding unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Environmental sustainability is integral to Somerville’s commitment to social responsibility. Students who are applying for funding for travel within Europe will now be incentivised to choose lower carbon travel solutions. The following award levels will apply unless there are exceptional circumstances. These could include disabilities that prevent long train journeys, caring responsibilities or the need to avoid travelling through particular countries.
Catherine Hughes Internship Award
|Standard award||Up to £2,500|
|Travel within Europe which does not involve flying||Up to £3,000 (20% more funding)|
|Travel within Europe which involves flying||Up to £2,000 (20% less funding)|
Dr Stephanie Dalley Internship Award
|Standard award||Up to £4,000|
|Travel within Europe which does not involve flying||Up to £4,800 (20% more funding)|
|Travel within Europe which involves flying||Up to £3,200 (20% less funding)|
Students should refer to the University’s Guide to Sustainable Business Travel for information about reducing carbon emissions. They are also encouraged to offset flights using an offsetting scheme compliant with the Gold Standard.
Application process for graduates
Please complete Section 1 of the application form and email it to your Supervisor, copying in the Scholarships and Funding Officer. We recommend that you do this by Monday 23rd May. This is to allow enough time for your Supervisor to complete their section and submit the form on your behalf. You should also include any evidence of estimated or actual costs. Applications will be forwarded to College Advisers for their comments.
Applications must be received from Supervisors by Monday 30th May.
Application process for undergraduates and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBCH) students
Please complete Section 1 of the application form and email it to the Scholarships and Funding Officer. You should also include any evidence of estimated or actual costs. Applications will be forwarded to Personal Tutors for their comments.
Applications must be received by Monday 30th May.
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.