Grants and Bursaries

The College has an extensive range of bursaries and grants for current students.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are encouraged to apply for grants if their personal or study circumstances would benefit from them. The following four grant applications (underlined below) are made on forms available below and in hard copy from the Accounts Office. Applications may be submitted in each term (the deadline is noon on Wednesday of Week 2) apart from Extra-curricular Grants that are Hilary Term only. The members of the Support and Travel Grants Committee are the Senior Tutor, the Dean, the Tutor for Graduates, the Bursar, and the Accountant. The Support and Travel Grants Committee meet in Week 4 of each term to consider applications.

Travel, Research & Study Grants:  Travel, research and study awards range from £50 - £1000 (grants awarded to a student are unlikely to total more than £1,000 per year). Travel, research and study support is defined as necessary travel to visit libraries and archives; for fieldwork; clinical medical electives and overseas placements; and attending conferences, where a definite connection with the course of study can be demonstrated. Specific grants are also available for internships in media and law.

Hardship Grants: St Hilda's has generous funding for hardship support for both undergraduate and graduate students. Hardship Grants can be made outside of the normal application dates. If your application has been successful you will receive an email from the Accounts Office. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified. There are also funds available from the St Hilda's JCR and the University to help students who are facing financial hardship. Care Leavers and Estranged students (those studying without the support or approval of a family network) can also apply for an Care Leaver and Estranged student bursary of up to £1,500 per year through the University.

Vacation Study Residence GrantsUndergraduate students are permitted to stay in the College during a vacation period for an important academic or welfare purpose. Priority is normally given to those in the year of their major final examinations. Students can apply for this period to be subsidised by the College with a Vacation Study Residence Grant. Normally no student will be credited more than 28 nights in the year unless for exceptional welfare reasons.

Extra-curricular GrantsThe DD White Fund can help students to pay for sport and other extra-curricular activities. Awards are normally £50 or less. Applications are once a year, in Hilary Term.

The Adams Bursary (£1,000): This is for final-year Oxford Bursary holders studying at St Hilda’s and St John’s who are in financial need. Oxford Bursary holders are contacted directly by Student Finance. Finalists from St Hilda's who are not awarded the Adams Bursary will be automatically considered for College-held bursaries.

Book Grant: This grant is to assist first-year students (first-year undergraduates, and graduate students in the first year of a postgraduate taught course) with the purchase of course books up to a maximum value of £60. Eligible students may apply only once during their first year and the application may be made in any term of their first year. 

Music Grants: Music students may claim grants of up to £220 per term (excluding travel) for music tuition lessons. A grant form does not need to be completed. For reimbursement, receipts should be sent to the Accounts Office and must be received during the academic year in which the expenses were incurred. Reimbursement will be made to the student, and the College will not make payments directly to Music tutors on behalf of the student.

Language Courses: offered through the Oxford University Language Centre. The College will pay £50 per student per year for a "fast track" language course at the Oxford University Language Centre upon completion. Students are required to provide a rationale related to their academic work. Reimbursement forms are available from the Oxford University Language Centre.