Applications are now open for Trinity Term and will close on Monday 8th May.


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 are eligible. 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. 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.

The planned travel or project must start after a certain date each term. In Trinity Term, this is 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.

  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

  • Graduates should complete the application form and email it to their Supervisor, copying in the . We recommend that this is done at least a week before the application deadline. This is to allow enough time for Supervisors to complete their section. Students should also include any evidence of estimated or actual costs.
  • Supervisors should complete their section and email the application form to the  by Monday 8th May.
  • The Scholarships and Funding Officer will forward applications to College Advisers for their comments.

Application and project deadlines

Applications are accepted each term.

Term Deadline for application to be received from Supervisor Deadline for project to start
Michaelmas Term 2022 Monday 17th October (2nd week) Wednesday 2nd November (4th week)
Hilary Term 2023 Monday 23rd January (2nd week) Wednesday 8th February (4th week)
Trinity Term 2023 Monday 8th May (3rd week) Wednesday 24th May (5th week)



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.