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Undergraduate Scholarships and Prizes

Currently available College prizes and awards are advertised on WebLearn (n.b. access is restricted to current students, using your Oxford Single-Sign-On password).

College Scholarships, Exhibitions and Progress Prizes

Scholarships of £250 are awarded each year to the most outstanding students, on the recommendation of their tutors.

More detailsAward 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.

More detailsAward 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.

Academic Progress Prizes of £100 are given to students following nominations by tutors for academic achievement outside of public examinations.

More detailsTutors may nominate on the basis of strong performances in tutorials, collections or any other academic activity they deem worthy of a Progress Prize. Each student may only receive one prize per academic year, but they are awarded in each term throughout the year.

Choral Scholarships and Instrumental Awards

The College aims to have eight Choral Scholars in residence each year. They are required to sing in the Chapel Choir for services each Sunday evening, and occasionally at other times. Choral Scholars receive £200 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 in the College.

Subject-specific awards

Peel 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. The Ruskin administers all applications for this award in Hilary term.
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 automatically 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. The Ruskin administers all applications for the Fine Art awards and the tutors in Maths & Philosophy determine the other awards in Hilary term each year.
 Bendhem Fine Art BursaryA 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 PrizeOne award of £200 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 BursariesTony Doyle (1959, Chemistry) established these bursaries to assist undergraduates studying any science subject who are in financial need and performing well academically. Four £700 or two £1,400 awards are usually made after the end of each Trinity Term. All eligible students are considered without application, and awards are based on tutors’ nominations.
Joe Todd Award (Engineering)This Award was set up in 2006 in memory of Dr Joseph Derwent Todd, a long-time Fellow and Tutor in Engineering at St Edmund Hall. The purpose of the award is to fund one or two Engineering students to engage in Long Vacation projects that involve personal development, engineering application/innovation, environmental/community achievement, and the enhancement of the reputation of the Hall. Up to £1500 in total may be awarded on tutor nominations each year.

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.

St Edmund Hall Masterclass

The 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.

Further details 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.

NEW - Frank di Rienzo Masterclass Award in Drama and Theatre

Thanks to a generous bequest to honour the memory of Frank di Rienzo (1959, English), a dedicated member of the John Oldham Society and passionate supporter of drama and the arts, an additional Masterclass Award of £1,000 is available for students applying for coaching in drama and theatre.

Applications can be made in any term. Applicants should read the guidelines and complete the online application form by the Monday of 5th week. Please email if you have any questions.

Please note that this fund is only for individuals and all College groups need to apply for funding from Amalgamated Clubs.

Travel Awards

(application forms are usually made available on WebLearn in Hilary Term)

Richard Fargher BursariesOne 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.
 Cochrane ScholarshipOne award of £1000 for foreign travel, available to undergraduates reading for Arts subjects.
Michael Pike AwardThis £500 award will be given to a student who proposes 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 AwardTwo prizes of £1000 each for students who need financial assistance to undertake a holiday in the UK or abroad which calls for some measure of initiative, enterprise or endurance.
Matt Greenwood Travel ScholarshipsThese Scholarships were established in 2017 by the students, staff, alumni and friends of the Hall in memory of Matt Greenwood (2013, Engineering), who loved to travel and sadly passed away while a student at Teddy Hall. A prize of up to £1000 per year will be awarded for travel in the UK or anywhere in the world for good purposes, with a particular emphasis on projects which embody Matt’s gifts of courage, adventure and concern for others. The prize is advertised in Hilary Term.

Graham Midgley Memorial Prize for Poetry

This annual prize of £500 is awarded for a single poem, of no more than 40 lines, written in English. The prize is advertised within the college during Hilary Term of each year. Any undergraduate enrolled at St Edmund Hall may enter regardless of subject area - but only one poem per student, please. In the event that two or more poems tie, the award money will be split among the winning poets.

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 by the end of fifth week of Trinity Term.

SEHA President's Prize

This prize of up to £500 is awarded to a member of the Junior Common Room to undertake some activity, experience or contribution to others which will be personally challenging.

Further detailsThe prize was established in 2015 thanks to a donation from Darrell Barnes (1963, French & German), President of the St Edmund Hall Association 2011-2014, in memory of his parents. Students are invited to apply for the Prize when applications open (usually in Trinity term). The award is likely to provide personal development, a sense of achievement and will allow the applicant to undertake something that would otherwise not be possible. Whatever the activity, it is hoped that the experience will open the applicant’s eyes to life in the wider world, help them achieve personal goals, and thus encourage others to follow their good example. This is a single award (joint applications will not be considered), and the topic should not be connected with the applicant’s course of study.

Simon, Arpi & Marie Simonian Prizes for Excellence in Leadership 

This annual prize of £500 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.

Further details Students may nominate themselves or someone else. Candidates should submit a written report (around 500 words) supporting their nomination to, by the end of Monday of 5th 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. You are also encouraged to nominate a mentor, they will not receive cash but will be listed on the prize board by the entrance to the Senior Common Room.

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

Two prizes of £300 are awarded annually to the undergraduates 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 usually made available on WebLearn in Hilary Term. The prize was founded in 2007 by George Barner (1935, Law), an American Aularian.

Student Challenge Fund Scholarships

Applicants must be current students at the College, and have applied for admission to study a postgraduate degree at St Edmund Hall in the upcoming academic year. Preference will be given to undergraduates moving on to postgraduate study, but master’s students moving on to research degrees may also be considered. Individual awards are unlikely to exceed £500.

The Student Challenge Fund has been created from the generous contributions of St Edmund Hall JCR and MCR members, along with matched funding from the University of Oxford. The Scholarships are intended to encourage closer relations between the undergraduate and postgraduate communities in the College.