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.

The application form will be available to download from this webpage in March 2023.

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.

Eligibility

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 travel or project must start after Wednesday 24th May. It is not possible to be considered for retrospective funding unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Award levels

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 over the length of the course 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 over the length of the course 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

  • Graduates should complete the application form and email it to their Supervisor, copying in the . They should also include evidence of any estimated or actual costs. Supervisors should complete their section and email the application form to the by Monday 8th May. 
  • Undergraduates should complete the application form and email it to the by Monday 8th May. They should also include evidence of any estimated or actual costs.
  • The  will forward applications to College Advisers and Personal for their comments.

Decisions

Decisions will be made by the Somerville College Travel and Special Project Grants Committee.

Reporting

Successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief report after the completion of their project.

Queries

If you have any queries, please email the Scholarships and Funding Officer.