Grants and Bursaries
The College has an extensive range of bursaries and grants.
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 on the College WebLearn site, 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 - £1400. 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.
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 a letter from the Bursar and you can expect to receive your payment within seven working days from receipt of this letter. 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.
Vacation Study Residence Grants: Undergraduate 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 Grants. Normally no student will be credited more than 28 nights in the year unless for exceptional welfare reasons.
Extra-curricular Grants: The 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): 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 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. The Book Grant Application Form is available on WebLearn.
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. Students are required to provide a rationale related to their academic work. Application forms are available from the Oxford University Language Centre.
Subject Specific Grants for Undergraduates:
History: The Morgan Fund is used to award prizes and travel bursaries to undergraduates reading History. Applications are made direct to the History Tutors on the K.O. Morgan Application Form on WebLearn.
Medieval History: Beryl Smalley Fund. This is available to assist undergraduates reading history (or a joint school including history) with travel in connection with medieval studies. Applications are made through the History Tutors.
Classics: Christina Keith and Mary Burn Fund. This fund is managed by the Principal. The donor provided that it should be used for an undergraduate student of Classics 'most likely to profit thereby'. Grants are conventionally made to classicists (including those in joint schools) for travel relevant to their studies. Applications should be made through the Classics tutors.
English: Rosalind Jane Bairstow Bursary. This annual bursary is intended to assist one undergraduate reading English (or a joint school including English) with one year's graduate study abroad. Applications are accepted from eligible final year undergraduates and the scholarship should be taken up in the academic year immediately following completion of the undergraduate course. Application Form on WebLearn.
Subject Specific Grants for Graduate Students
History: The Morgan Fund is used to award prizes and travel bursaries to graduates reading History. Applications are made direct to the History Tutors on the K.O. Morgan Application Form on WebLearn.
Medicine: The Jenny Tyrrell Fund provides £500 for Clinical Medicine students' electives in addition to travel funding (as above). Clinical students can also claim up to £200 for clinical equipment. Enquiries to the Accounts Office.
Medieval Studies: The David Wulstan Fund is for graduate students reading for a postgraduate degree in any subject in the field of medieval studies. Grants are made to fund costs relating to research purposes, such as travel to visit libraries or archives or to participate in a conference (eg giving a poster or paper presentation). Applications are invited for any sum up to a maximum of £800 and should be made on the David Wulstan application form on WebLearn. The deadline for applications is Wednesday of 2nd week of Hilary Term 2017.
Humanities: The Kojo Minta fund is for graduate students in the Humanities, and currently awards two travel and research grants (up to £500 per award) each Hilary Term. MCR members are invited to apply for these in order to complete research and undertake travel to support their studies. Applications should be made on the Travel Grant application form or the Research and Study Grant application form provided on the College WebLearn site. Recipients of this grant are required to write a short report (of around 200 words) detailing how the funds were used. To see sample reports please visit The Kojo Minta Memorial Fund page.
Post Graduation Prizes and Bursaries
History: The Hildegard Prize is an annual award to a History, or History and Joint Schools, student of St Hilda's College to assist them in undertaking postgraduate research or to participate in a research programme, internship, or training that will further their development as an historian. Candidates must be either current undergraduate or graduate students of St Hilda's or have graduated from the College within the last three years. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic excellence and potential. The annual award is £1500. Applications should be made on the Hildegard Prize application form found in the link above and on the College WebLearn site. which should be submitted, along with a CV, and a proposal of no more than 500 words stating the purpose for which the Prize will be used, to the Academic Office in St Hilda's by the deadline of 31 March 2017.
Teach First Bursaries: Teach First is an influential charity that is delivering far-reaching social and economic change by addressing educational disadvantage. Their approach is to attract high-calibre, highly motivated graduates into leadership development programmes focusing on the achievements and aspirations of pupils and their access to further opportunities in education and beyond. The Teach First Leadership Development Programme combines teacher training and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with one-to-one coaching and the opportunity to study for a Masters qualification in the second year. To apply for Teach First you will need to register interest and fill in an online application form here. St Hilda's College provides a bursary (normally £500, subject to the number of participants in any year). There is no application needed: Teach First advises the College which students from the College are joining the programme. Those accepting the bursary will be expected to engage with College in its outreach activity to ensure that the brightest pupils apply to St Hilda's College, regardless of background.
I received a St Hilda's travel grant to take part in the Japan Project with the Oxford University Orchestra in March 2019. The trip will be an amazing experience for me to develop my performance capabilities as a cellist, especially as I will be taking solo performance and chamber performance for my finals. The outreach work we will be focusing on during the trip is also particularly important to me. I am taking music in the community as a module for finals, and community music and music therapy is something I would like to go into later in my career. We are working with El Sistema, a children's orchestra that is working with a group of children whose lives were affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. It will be an incredible opportunity to influence the lives of people affected by this positively with our music, especially people from completely different cultures, showing that music really does transcend all culture and race.
Between my 2nd and 3rd year of reading English at St Hilda's, a travel grant enabled me to intern in Seoul for the NGO North Korean Human Rights (NKHR). With the funding, I could afford flights. It also contributed significantly towards my accommodation. NKHR helps North Koreans escaping their country and supports resettleers in the South to integrate into society. I was at the heart of efforts to tackle an ongoing humanitarian crisis. I was able to explore a new country, discover Korean culture, and contribute to NKNR's work. This special, rare experience was made possible partly by the travel grant.