Funding is available from Somerville towards the cost of course-related activity such as medical electives.



Enrolled Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBCH) students are eligible. Students who are on suspension and finalists whose project will take place after the end of their course are not eligible. Applicants should be in need of financial support for travel or projects relating to their studies. They should also apply for other funding sources such as department travel grants.

The planned travel or project must start after a certain date each term. In Michaelmas Term this is Wednesday 1st November 2023. It is not possible to be awarded 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.

Travel within the UK or outside Europe Up to £1,375 over the length of the course
Travel within Europe which does not involve flying Up to £1,650 (20% more funding) over the length of the course
Travel within Europe which involves flying Up to £1,100 (20% less funding) over the length of the course


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

  • BMBCH students should complete the application form and email it to the by 12 noon on Monday 16th October 2023. Students should also include any evidence of estimated or actual costs.
  • The Scholarships and Funding Officer will forward applications to Personal Tutors for their comments.

Application and project deadlines

Applications are accepted each term.

Term Deadline for application to be received Project must start after this date
Michaelmas Term 2023 12 noon on Monday 16th October 2023 Wednesday 1st November 2023
Hilary Term 2024 12 noon on Monday 22nd January 2024 Wednesday 7th February 2024
Trinity Term 2024 12 noon on Monday 6th May 2024 Wednesday 22nd May 2024



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


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


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