Funding is available from Somerville towards the cost of academic-related activity such as discretionary travel or projects. Please note that these awards cannot be used to fund core or compulsory elements of a student’s degree.



Enrolled graduates in the first four years of their course. Students who are on suspension, visiting students, associate students and finalists whose project will take place after the end of their course are not eligible. 

For Trinity Term applications, the planned travel or project must start after Wednesday 15th June. It is not possible to be considered for retrospective funding unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Applicants should be in need of financial support for discretionary travel or projects relating to their studies. Core or compulsory elements of a student’s degree cannot be funded through these awards. Students should also apply for other funding sources such as department or faculty travel grants.

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.

  1 year courses 2 year courses 3 year courses
Standard award over the length of the course Up to £350 Up to £700 Up to £1,000
Travel within Europe which does not involve flying Up to £420 (20% more funding) Up to £840 (20% more funding) Up to £1,200 (20% more funding)
Travel within Europe which involves flying Up to £280 (20% less funding) Up to £560 (20% less funding) Up to £800 (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

Please complete Section 1 of the application form and email it to your Supervisor, copying in the . 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 and project deadlines

There are four opportunities for graduates to apply in 2021/22:

  Deadline for applications including comments from Supervisors Deadline for starting projects
Michaelmas Term 2021 Monday 18th October Wednesday 3rd November
Hilary Term 2022 Monday 24th January Wednesday 9th February
Trinity Term 2022 Monday 11th April Wednesday 27th April
Trinity Term 2022 Monday 30th May Wednesday 15th June



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.