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.

Applications have now closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. This webpage will be updated in January 2022 with more information about awards in 2021-2022, including the application process and deadlines.

2020-2021 eligibility

All enrolled students can apply. 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 project does not need to be course-related. It is not normally possible to receive funding for a project that has already taken place.

2020-2021 award levels

  • Catherine Hughes Fund up to £2,500 is available. Awards of this level will support an internship of up to 10 weeks based on a living costs allowance of up to £250 per week.
  • Dr Stephanie Dalley Fund up to £4,200 is available.

2020-2021 application process for graduates

Graduates should complete the application form and email it to their Supervisor, copying in the Scholarships and Funding Officer. They should also send evidence of any estimated or actual costs to the Scholarships and Funding Officer. Applications will be forwarded to College Advisers for their comments.

2020-2021 application process for undergraduates and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBCH) students

Students should complete the application form and email it to the Scholarships and Funding Officer with evidence of any estimated or actual costs. Applications will be forwarded to Personal Tutors for their comments.

Decisions

Decisions are 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.