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. 

Applications will open in March and close on Monday 8th May.

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.

Application process (graduate)

  • The application form will be available to download from this webpage in March.
  • 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 process (undergraduate)

  • The application form will be available to download from this webpage in March.
  • Undergraduates should complete the application form and email it to the  by Monday 8th May. 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 process (BMBCH)

  • The application form will be available to download from this webpage in March.
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBCH) students should complete the application form and email it to the  by Monday 8th May. 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.

Decisions 

Decisions will be made by the Thatcher Development Awards Committee. 

Reporting

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

Queries

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 .