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Scholarships, Prizes and Awards

The College awards nearly 150 scholarships, awards and prizes each year, plus additional bursaries and grants.

If you are not yet a current student, but are considering applying to St Edmund Hall, please see our information on scholarships for prospective undergraduates, postgraduates or Visiting Students.

College Grants

Available throughout the year to meet costs relating to a student's academic course (e.g. travel to conferences, purchase of texts and resources not available in Oxford, English language tuition). Undergraduates may apply for up to £300 per year, while postgraduates may apply for up to £350.

Hardship

Students who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulty should consult the hardship page.

Prizes, Awards and Scholarships for Current Students

Currently available College prizes and awards are advertised on WebLearn.

Undergraduate

College Scholarships and ExhibitionsScholarships of £250 are awarded each year to the most outstanding students, on the recommendation of their tutors. Award of a Scholarship is an indication that the tutors are confident that the student in question will achieve a First Class degree. Students who are not awarded a scholarship in their final year but who go on to achieve a First are awarded scholarships retrospectively. College Scholars are entitled to wear a Scholars' gown, and are invited to attend the Award Holders' Dinner in Hilary Term.

Exhibitions of £100 are awarded each year, on tutor recommendation, to highly performing students who do not quite meet the criteria for a College Scholarship. Award of an Exhibition is an indication that the tutors are confident that the student in question is capable of achieving a First Class degree. College Exhibitioners are invited to attend the Award Holders' Dinner in Hilary Term.
Choral Scholarships and Instrumental AwardsThe College aims to have six Choral Scholars in residence each year. Choral Scholars are required to sing in the Chapel Choir for services each Sunday evening, and occasionally at other times. They receive £150 per year, and are entitled to wear a Scholar's gown. Any vacancies are usually advertised in October.

Students are invited to audition for Instrumental Awards in October each year. Awards do not exceed £100 and are given on condition that students perform in musical events which take place in the College.
Subject-specific awardsPeel Award for Professional Practice (Fine Art students) - three awards of £500 are given to second-year Fine Art students to enable them to take part in the Professional Practice Programme. These awards are made on the basis of financial need. Tom and Eva Peel (both 1994) established these awards in their own subject areas.

Peel Awards (Fine Art and Maths & Philosophy) Two annual awards of £1,000 to second year students reading Mathematics & Philosophy and an award of £1,000 to be distributed to second year Fine Art students. All eligible students are considered for the awards, which are made on the basis of academic merit (although financial hardship may be taken into consideration). Tom and Eva Peel (both 1994) established these awards in their own subject areas.

Bendhem Fine Art Bursary - a small grant (currently about £350) is automatically disbursed to each Fine Art finalist to help with the costs of the Degree Show.

Chevron Award (Earth Sciences) - money received from Chevron is automatically disbursed to second-year Earth Sciences students to assist with the costs of the mapping project.

Ogilvie-Thompson English Prize - one award of £50 and a runner-up prize of £25 is awarded in Trinity Term for outstanding work in Old and Middle English. All English students are automatically considered for this award.

David J Cox Award (Geography) - this annual award, currently around £200, is made to the Geography student with the most worthwhile dissertation proposal, as judged by the College's Geography tutors. The intention is that the money be used towards the expenses involved in researching and writing the dissertation.

JR Hughes Book Prize (Geography) - this prize is given annually to the best-performing Geography student.

Tony Doyle Science Bursaries - Tony Doyle (1959, Chemistry) established these bursaries to assist undergraduates studying any science subject who are in financial need and performing well academically. Four £400 or two £800 awards are usually made each Trinity Term. All eligible students are considered without application, and awards are based on tutors’ nominations.

Joe Todd Award (Engineering)
St Edmund Hall MasterclassThe Masterclass Fund is open to all SEH students and supports individuals who have already reached a high level of achievement in an extra-curricular activity and are now seeking funding for additional coaching to develop and hone their skills. This may include, but is not exclusive to, the areas of writing, drama, music, art and sport.

Individual students are eligible for up to £1,000 support in any one academic year. The fund will only pay for advanced coaching and will not fund equipment, travel or accommodation costs.

Successful applicants should demonstrate that they have already attained a high level of achievement in their field, and will show how they wish to receive this coaching to further this talent, in a clear and structured plan.

Applications can be made in any term. Applicants should read the guidelines and complete an application form and send it to development.office@seh.ox.ac.uk by the Monday of 5th week.

Please note that this fund is only for individuals and all College groups need to apply for funding from Amalgamated Clubs.
PrizesPhilip Geddes Memorial Prize - this prize of £1000 is awarded to the most promising student journalist (open to undergraduates, but not 1st years) at the University of Oxford. A further award of £500 is open to St Edmund Hall students only. The prizes are given in memory of Philip Geddes, an old member of the College who was killed in the IRA bombing of Harrods in 1983.

Clive Taylor Prize - this prize of £1000 is awarded to a student journalist (open to all current graduates or undergraduates regardless of  year of study) who specialises in sports writing. The prize is given in memory of Clive Taylor, the distinguished cricket writer. 

Graham Midgley Memorial Prize for Poetry - this annual prize of £100 is awarded for a single outstanding poem in English, of no more than 25 lines, written by an undergraduate student. The prize is advertised in Hilary Term each year.

Aularian Prize - the St Edmund Hall Association has established this annual prize of £300 for undertaking an exceptional enterprise or voluntary commitment in an activity which falls outside of established College or University pursuits. All current students, including visiting students, are eligible to apply for this award. The application form must be emailed to development.office@seh.ox.ac.uk by the end of first week of Trinity Term.

Simon & Arpi Simonian Award for Excellence in Leadership  - this annual award of £200 is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates. The prize is awarded to an individual who has shown significant leadership qualities during their time at the Hall in any area, e.g. sport, charity work, journalism, theatre/drama, music, potential future academic leadership, or other outside interests.

Students may nominate themselves or someone else. Candidates should submit a written report (around 500 words) supporting their nomination to the Deputy Director of Development, sally.smith@seh.ox.ac.uk, by Monday of 3rd week of Trinity Term. In your report, you may wish to cover these areas - what has changed because of your leadership, how your influence has inspired others and what has happened as a consequence of your leadership. The Principal will decide who receives the award. Note that presidency of the JCR or MCR is not in itself sufficient cause for application.

The prize was established by Aularian Simon Simonian (1962, Physiology) who is now a leader in the treatment of vascular disease in the United States.

George Barner Prize for Contribution to Theatre - this prize, worth £150, is awarded annually to the undergraduate deemed to have contributed most significantly to theatre at the Hall either through acting, directing and/or other behind-the-scenes work. Application forms are usualy made available on WebLearn in Hilary Term. The prize was founded in 2007 by George Barner (1935, Law), an American Aularian.

Luddington Prize (Finalists) - a prize of £500 is given to each St Edmund Hall student who manages to achieve both a First Class degree and a University Blue.
Travel awards (application forms are usually made available on WebLearn in Hilary Term)Richard Fargher Bursaries - one or two awards to a total value of £5000 awarded to students reading for any undergraduate degree, who wish to undertake a programme of study and travel abroad which has among its objectives the improvement of their linguistic skill. First year students (except for Senior Status students) or those who will complete their course in the current academic year are not eligible. Students on a year abroad may apply.

Muriel Radford Prize - an annual award to the value of £200 for undergraduates wishing to undertake a vacation project. It is awarded on the usefulness (practical, cultural or otherwise) to the community at large, and the academic worthiness of the applicant.

Cochrane Scholarship - one or more awards to the total value of £800 for foreign travel is available to undergraduates reading for Arts subjects.

Michael Pike Award - this £200 award will be given to students who propose to engage in some outdoor activity for which a spirit of enterprise and physical endeavour are required. The award is contributed by old members in memory of Michael Pike (1948). 

Graham Hamilton Travel Award - a sum of approximately £1500 will be split amongst a number of students who need financial assistance to undertake a holiday in the UK or abroad abroad which calls for some measure of initiative, enterprise or endurance.

Postgraduate

Mrs Brown BursaryThis bursary was set up in memory of Mrs Brown, who was the MCR Butler for over 25 years. Awards in the region of £300 are available for MCR members who face financial difficulties which will make it hard to complete their course of study. The bursary is usually advertised on WebLearn in Hilary Term.
Graduate Writing-up GrantsFour bursaries of £1000 each are available to postgraduate students to provide financial support during the final write-up of their thesis. Applications are open to St Edmund Hall students who do not hold other scholarships or awards worth more than £15,000 per annum, and who are at the final stage of writing up. The bursary is usually advertised on WebLearn in Hilary Term.
St Edmund Hall MasterclassThe Masterclass Fund is open to all SEH students and supports individuals who have already reached a high level of achievement in an extra-curricular activity and are now seeking funding for additional coaching to develop and hone their skills. This may include, but is not exclusive to, the areas of writing, drama, music, art and sport.

Individual students are eligible for up to £1,000 support in any one academic year. The fund will only pay for advanced coaching and will not fund equipment, travel or accommodation costs.

Successful applicants should demonstrate that they have already attained a high level of achievement in their field, and will show how they wish to receive this coaching to further this talent, in a clear and structured plan.

Applications can be made in any term. Applicants should read the guidelines and complete an application form and send it to development.office@seh.ox.ac.uk by the Monday of 5th week. 

Please note that this fund is only for individuals and all College groups need to apply for funding from Amalgamated Clubs.
Besse Scholarship (post-doctoral)Available every five years, the next Besse Scholarship will be for the 2015-16 academic year.
PrizesClive Taylor Prize for sports journalism - this prize of £1000 is awarded to a student journalist (open to all current graduates or undergraduates regardless of  year of study) who specialises in sports writing. The prize is given in memory of Clive Taylor, the distinguished cricket writer.

The Aularian Prize - the St Edmund Hall Association has established this annual prize of £300 for undertaking an exceptional enterprise or voluntary commitment in an activity which falls outside of established College or University pursuits. All current students, including visiting students, are eligible to apply for this award. The application form must be emailed to development.office@seh.ox.ac.uk by the end of first week of Trinity Term.
Travel Awards (application forms are usually made available on WebLearn in Hilary Term)Michael Pike Award - this £200 award will be given to students who propose to engage in some outdoor activity for which a spirit of enterprise and physical endeavour are required. The award is contributed by old members in memory of Michael Pike (1948). 

Graham Hamilton Travel Award - a sum of approximately £1500 will be split amongst a number of students who need financial assistance to undertake a holiday in the UK or abroad abroad which calls for some measure of initiative, enterprise or endurance.
Bursaries for Clinical MedicsEquipment Grant - to fund the purchase of a stethoscope (£175) by 4th-year Medics.

Accommodation Bursary - to fund the cost of accommodation left vacant during the elective period (£1000) for 6th-year Medics.

Elective Grant - to fund transport costs during the elective period (£500) for 6th-year Medics.

These three funds are automatically disbursed to eligible students.

Current postgraduates can also apply for the William R. Miller awards, the Emden Doctorow award, the E.P.A. Cephalosporin Scholarship or a Pontigny Scholarship.