Student Awards

Please see below for a full list of Somerville awards:

  • Awards for Graduate Applicants
    • Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarships
    • Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships
    • Somerville College Alumni Scholarships
  • Awards for Undergraduate Applicants
    • Undergraduate Thatcher Scholarships for Overseas Students
  • Awards for Alumni and Finalists
    • Alice Horsman Scholarships
  • Awards for Travel, Special Projects and Development
    • Travel and Special Project Grants
    • Thatcher Development Awards
    • Rhabanus Maurus Awards
  • Awards for Academic Achievement
    • Medical Fund Scholarships
    • Undergraduate Thatcher Scholarships for Home, EU and Islands Students
    • Prizes
    • Undergraduate Scholarships and Exhibitions
  • Awards for Course Costs
    • Undergraduate Second Year Book Grant
    • Graduate Research Materials Grant
    • Graduate Medical Equipment Grant

Awards for Graduate Applicants

Oxford-Indira Gandhi Graduate Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Candidates who have been accepted to study at the University of Oxford on a graduate course in areas broadly related to sustainable development. Candidates must be ordinarily resident in India or graduates of universities in India.
  • Value: Tuition fees, college fees and a grant for living costs.
  • More information: Please use the Graduate Fees, Funding and Scholarship search for more information.

Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships

  • Eligibility: For postgraduate courses (Masters and DPhils) commencing in 2018/19, three Thatcher Graduate Scholarships will be available. Two scholarships will be awarded to specific departments, one to the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and one to the Faculty of Modern Languages. Applicants to these departments will be automatically considered for the Scholarship, if they apply by the January deadline for their course. For the third scholarship, the Oxford-Qatar-Thatcher Graduate Scholarship, preference will be given to candidates ordinarily resident in Qatar or Arab countries* who have been accepted onto a post-graduate degree course offered at Somerville College. For entry in 2017/18, scholarships were offered in: the Faculty of English Language and Literature; Department of Engineering Science; and Faculty of Law.
  • Value: Tuition fees, college fees and a grant for living costs.
  • More information: Please visit the Thatcher Scholarships webpage for more information. Further information can be found at the University of Oxford website.
    * – Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates or Yemen

Somerville College Alumni Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Candidates who have been accepted to study at the University of Oxford on a graduate course in a subject offered by Somerville. All final year students and alumni are welcome to apply. Graduates entering the second or subsequent year of their course in 2018/19 are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Value: One off award of £1,500.
  • Application deadline: Applications have now closed.

Awards for Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate Thatcher Scholarships for Overseas Students

  • Eligibility: Candidates with Overseas fee status who have been accepted to study at the University of Oxford on an undergraduate course.
  • Value: Tuition fees, college fees and a grant for living costs.
  • Application deadline: Applications have closed for 2018/19 entry.
  • More information: Please visit the Thatcher Scholarships webpage for more information.

Awards for Alumni and Finalists

Alice Horsman Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Alumni and finalists who are in need of financial support for a project involving travel, research or further study that is intended to enhance career prospects.
  • Value: Up to £2,000 although most awards are up to £1,000. Finalists applying for a travel grant can receive up to £500 including the value of any previous travel grants.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Michaelmas – Monday of 2nd week
    • Hilary – Monday of 2nd week
    • Trinity – Monday of 6th week

Awards for Travel, Special Projects and Development

Graduate Travel and Special Project Grants

  • Eligibility: Graduate students who are in need of financial support for travel or projects relating to their studies. Please note that finalists whose travel or project will take place after their course has finished should apply for an Alice Horsman Scholarship.
  • Value: £350 per year up to a maximum of £1,000 for a three year course.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Michaelmas – Monday of 2nd week
    • Hilary – Monday of 2nd week
    • Trinity – Monday of minus 1st week AND Monday of 6th week

Undergraduate Travel and Special Project Grants

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students who are in need of financial support for travel or projects relating to their studies. Please note that finalists whose travel or project will take place after their course has finished should apply for an Alice Horsman Scholarship.
  • Value: Up to £500 over the length of the course.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Michaelmas – Monday of 2nd week
    • Hilary – Monday of 2nd week
    • Trinity – Monday of minus 1st week

Clinical Medicine Travel and Special Project Grants

  • Eligibility: Clinical Medicine students who are in need of financial support for travel or projects relating to their studies.
  • Value: Up to £1,250 over the length of the course.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Michaelmas – Monday of 2nd week
    • Hilary – Monday of 2nd week
    • Trinity – Monday of minus 1st week AND Monday of 6th week

Thatcher Development Awards
As part of the Thatcher Scholarships and the Development Programme, the College has launched development awards. Applications for 2017/18 have now closed.

Rhabanus Maurus Awards

  • Eligibility: Current undergraduates or graduates reading Modern Languages or one of its joint schools who require financial support for a project which contributes to their intellectual and personal development.
  • Value: Up to £1,000.
  • Application deadline: Applications have now closed.

Awards for Academic Achievement

Medical Fund Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Current students who will be entering the second or subsequent year of Clinical Medicine in 2018/19.
  • Value: One off award of £1,000.
  • Application deadline: Applications have now closed.

Undergraduate Thatcher Scholarships for Home, EU and Islands Students
The Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust has been established to create fully-funded scholarships which will enable the most promising students to benefit from the unique education and intellectual environment that is offered by Somerville and Oxford. Please visit the Thatcher Scholarships webpage for more information.

Prizes
A number of prizes are awarded each year to undergraduates and graduates on the basis of exam results.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Exhibitions
Each term, Education Committee award scholarships and exhibitions to undergraduates based on recommendations from Personal Tutors.


Awards for Course Costs

Grants for Books, Research Materials and Medical Equipment
The College provides certain grants to reimburse the cost of books, research materials and medical equipment.


Several of these awards have been made possible by the generosity of our alumni:

Maria and Tina Bentivoglio Travel Grant
To support travel for undergraduates or graduates in the Arts or Sciences.

Carmen Blacker Travel Grant
To support undergraduates with travel connected to the study of religion.

Rita Bradshaw Travel Grant
To support travel for undergraduates or graduates.

Anne Clements Travel Grant
To support undergraduates or graduates with travel in connection with their studies or international affairs.

Joan and Don Dixson Travel Grant
Two grants are available. The first is to cover travel expenses in the former GDR and/or Berlin. The second is for travel expenses in the former Eastern bloc countries (ex-GDR).

Geiringer Travel Grant
To support travel for undergraduates or graduates.

Olive Sayce Travel Grant
To support travel for undergraduates or graduates studying Modern Languages.

Daphne Robinson Award
To be used by an undergraduate who is not studying a language as part of her/his degree course but needs a language to help with her/his studies.