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. 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 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. Care Leavers and Estranged students (those studying without the support or approval of a family network) can also appply for an Care Leaver and Estranged student bursary of up to £1,500 per year through the University.
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 Grant. 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.
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.