Every enrolled student at Somerville in possession of a brilliant idea that could have a positive impact on others is eligible to apply for a Thatcher Development Award.

This webpage will be updated in December 2022 with details of the awards in 2022/23.

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.

Standard award Up to £2,000
Travel within Europe which does not involve flying Up to £2,400 (20% more funding)
Travel within Europe which involves flying Up to £1,600 (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.


Applications have now closed for the 2021/22 academic year. This webpage will be updated in December 2022 with details of the application process for 2022/23.


Decisions will be made by the Thatcher Development Awards Committee. 


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


If you would like advice about your project or an emerging idea, please email the MTST Programme Director, who will be pleased to discuss this with you.

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the .