Prizes, Awards and Grants for Postgraduates
There is a wide range of financial support available for postgraduate students at St Edmund Hall. Every postgraduate student can apply for a College Grant of up to £350 per year to use on academic-related expenses (e.g. travel to conferences, purchase of texts and resources not available in Oxford, and language tuition). For those who face unexpected financial difficulty, both the College and the University of Oxford offer hardship support.
Four 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 in Hilary Term.
Postgraduate research students – DPhil, MLitt, MSc(Res) – who have been granted leave to supplicate may claim for the cost of binding up to two copies of their thesis, to the value of up to £30 each (£60 in total).
This bursary was set up in memory of Mrs Brown, who was the Middle Common Room (MCR, the postgraduate common room) Butler for over 25 years. Three awards of £500 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 in Hilary Term.
The Masterclass Fund is open to all Teddy Hall 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 £1000 support in any one academic year.
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 College’s John Oldham Drama Society and passionate supporter of drama and the arts, an additional Masterclass Award of £1000 is available for students applying for coaching in drama and theatre.
Our travel awards are usually open for applications from current students during Hilary term.
Michael Pike Travel Fund – this £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 Award – two awards of up to £1000 each for 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.
Matt Greenwood Travel Scholarships – these 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 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.
- Equipment 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.
This prize was established by alumnus Tony Doyle (1959, Chemistry). It provides an award of up to £800 for a research student (DPhil or MSc by research) in the sciences to engage in an academic-related activity additional to those funded by external or departmental funding. Activities may include travel to conferences, collaborative work at other universities, fieldwork and study projects, etc. The prize is usually awarded in Hilary Term.
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. Eligible students will be contacted with details of how to apply in Trinity term. 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.
This fund is to be used at the discretion of the Principal to provide direct support to current Hall students who wish to undertake special projects such as charitable work, choral and drama tours, travel for unusual academic opportunities and to assist others. Keith Gull initiated this fund during his tenure at the Hall, reflecting his commitment to both ‘Hall Spirit’ and supporting student ambition.
This Travel Award was set up by Aularian Zhenbo Gao (2014, DPhil Organic Chemistry) and his wife Huijie Ning. It provides an award of up to £800 for a St Edmund Hall Chemistry DPhil student who wishes to attend an overseas course-related chemistry conference, and it can be used to cover expenses such as travel, conference registration fees and accommodation. A preference may be given to students who have already exhausted college and/or departmental grants and to those who wish to attend a conference in order to present their own exciting results.