The College has several funds available that are dedicated to supporting students in particular subjects in academic-related activities or ambitious vacation projects. There is a distinct application form separate from that for general travel grants used collectively for all of these awards and you do not need to apply separately for each of them. The deadline for applications for most of the funds is the end of Lent Full Term, but see specific details for some that operate to a different timetable. If you incur expenses before the applications open or before the deadline for applications, please raise the matter with your Tutor. Decisions will be taken during the Easter vacation in order to allow students to include any funding they receive if they also make an application for a general travel grant. Most of the projects supported will be ambitious and will be expected to contribute significantly to the applicant’s studies, personal or professional development. It is anticipated that those who receive funding from these funds will not usually also be eligible for the travel grants covered in Section 5.4 for the same project.

For most Funds there is an application deadline of the end of Lent Full Term. The Beker Mathematics Fund and the Devonport Architecture Fund consider applications at any point in the year. The Medical Elective Fund has an earlier deadline. If funds remain unspent after the first round of decisions, new applications to a later deadline will be considered in the Easter Term.

In all cases it is a condition of accepting the grant that the student shall submit a report online about their activities by the Division of the following Term.

The Master’s Fund For Summer Projects

The College has recently received a gift to support students who wish to undertake internships or summer project work. They may also be used for other purposes such as support for dissertation research. Priority will be given to those whose application relates to such projects rather than general need. There are no restrictions as to the type of project or destination but recipients of support from the fund should be prepared to write a short report about the benefits they have gained through their experience and how it has contributed to either their academic studies and/or their personal and professional development.

The annual income from the Fund will be used to support undergraduates who wish to undertake summer projects, internships or dissertation research. Awards from the Fund may be for up to £2,000 to cover living expenses in the long vacation. The grants may be means tested, so that they can be directed towards the greatest financial need and any pay during internships will be taken into account, as will any support that is available through your department or other sources. It is hoped to make several awards annually.

The deadline for applications is the end of Lent Full Term. If funds remain unspent, there will be a second round in the Easter Term. Decisions on funding will be taken by the Master and the Senior Tutor, consulting as necessary with subject specialists, the Careers Tutor and the Fellow for Grants.

To apply, please submit the application form

If funds remain unspent after this first round of applications, later applications may be considered.

The Bassetts Fund For dissertation-related travel

The College has a small fund to be used to support undergraduates’ travel that enhances students’ studies. There are no restrictions as to subject or destination but recipients of support from the fund should be prepared to write a short report about the benefits they have gained through their experience and how it has contributed to their academic studies.

It is envisaged that the fund should be used to support ambitious dissertation projects that a student would otherwise be unable to undertake. In most years a single award will be made, with preference given to students for whom no departmental support is available. It may occasionally be possible to make two awards.

To apply, please submit the application form. It may not be necessary to compete all elements for the form, but please give as much detail as possible. The application should provide some details of relevant expenses. You should include a statement of your proposed expenditure and a one or two paragraph account of the project and how you would benefit from receiving funds.

The deadline for applications is the end of Lent Full Term. The decision on awards will then be made. If funds remain unspent after this first round of applications, later applications may be considered.

Devonport Architecture Fund

The College has received gifts from alumni to support Architecture students with costs incidental to their studies. Relatively small amounts are available that are usually used to help with the cost of equipment but which might occasionally be used to support travel that is directly relevant to a student’s studies.

To apply, please submit the application form. The application should provide some details of any expenditure along with receipts, as appropriate. You should include a statement of your likely expenditure and a brief account of the reason for the claim.

The initial deadline for applications is the end of Lent Full Term but earlier applications may be considered. A decision on awards will then be taken by the Senior Tutor and the Director of Studies in Architecture. If funds remain unspent after this first round of applications, later applications may be considered.

Ball 1987 Engineering Fund

This fund was recently established by an alumnus to promote excellence in Engineering.

This fund is used in part (up to £2,500 pa) to promote excellence in Engineering. The remainder of the fund is used to fund prizes for outstanding academic performance in Engineering. Any student currently reading for the BA/MEng in Engineering or MET at Selwyn is eligible to apply for a grant from the fund to support them in an engineering activity over and above those required by the course.

The Directors of Studies in Engineering expect to recommend the award of up to 5 grants each year and the money will normally be spent during the academic year (including the long vacation) in which the application is made.

To apply, please submit the application form and include the crsid of your Director of Studies in the appropriate box.. Your Director of Studies needs to approve the form and pass it on their colleagues so that recommendations can be made to the Senior Tutor and Master for awards. The application should include a statement of your likely expenditure and a one or two paragraph account of the project, travel or need for equipment. It should also state how you would benefit from receiving funds. You should not have already received full funding for any items you include.

Applications for grants from the fund should be made by the end of the Lent Full Term. Decisions on awards will be made by the start of the Easter Full Term.

Ball Fund for Geography

The College has recently received a gift from an Alumnus to support Geography students and those whose studies relate closely to geography and to promote excellence in the subject. These funds are primarily intended to support academically related travel. They may also be used for other purposes than travel. Priority will be given to those whose application relates to a specific project rather than general need.

Support is available for subject-related activities during the current academic year, the long vacation or into next academic year for purchases or activities that involve students in out of pocket expenditure and that are not fully supported from Departmental sources. It may be possible to make larger grants than are given in the general travel grants competition. The level of support will depend on the proposed expenses. However, to facilitate ambitious projects funding in excess of £1,000 (or occasionally more) may be awarded. The total amount available in any year may be up to £5,000, to be allocated across the various applicants. Eligibility is restricted to undergraduates who are returning to continue their studies in the next year. Some support may also be available for graduate students whose studies will extend beyond the present academic year. In some circumstances grants may be made to undergraduates from other Triposes whose projects have a geographical aspect, such as Land Economy or Earth Sciences, for example.

Awards from the fund will usually be made towards such things as:

  • third year dissertation projects;
  • course-related travel of benefit to a student’s second or third year geographical studies but which is not strictly connected to a particular project;
  • books and other course related expenditure not covered by the department;
  • dissertation projects in Triposes other than Geography but that relate academically to topics covered by geographers, such as Land Economy, Earth Sciences, some aspects of HSPS and other courses in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • ad hoc financial assistance for undergraduates studying Geography.

To apply, please submit to your Tutor the application form. The application must include a statement of your likely expenditure (itemised as appropriate e.g. travel, books and computing resources, other equipment, source materials or other geography-related expenses) and an account of no more than 1,000 words of the project, travel or need for equipment. It should also state how you would benefit from receiving funds. You should not have already received full funding for any items you include.

The initial deadline for applications is the end of Lent Full Term. A decision on awards will then be taken by the Senior Tutor, the Master and the Director of Studies in Geography. If funds remain unspent after this first round of applications, later applications may be considered.

Gebauer Fund for German

The College has recently received a gift from an alumnus to support students with academic interests in the German language or in Germany itself. These funds are intended primarily to support academically-related travel but may also occasionally be used for other purposes.

The fund has been established to promote German studies in the fields of language, literature and culture. The fund is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students of all subjects, who intend to visit Germany, for whatever purposes including research and study. Those wishing to be considered for an award from the fund should complete the application form and send it to their Tutor. The Tutor will then forward the application to the Senior Tutor. The application must contain an outline of the proposed project and its relevance to your academic interest in Germany. It is not anticipated that grants will be awarded to fund routine year-abroad travel to or within Germany undertaken as a compulsory part of the MML Tripos. However, trips to set up a year abroad placement or return visits to where you spent your year abroad in order to complete an academic project may be considered.

Awards from the fund will usually be made towards such things as:

  • dissertation projects;
  • graduate projects that involve research in Germany;
  • travel that relates directly to a student’s studies and has a strong German element but which is not strictly project related;
  • travel to Germany to learn or improve your knowledge of German;
  • essential course-related expenditure relating to Germany;
  • German language courses undertaken for academic purposes

To apply, please submit the application form. It may not be necessary to compete all elements for the form, but please give as much detail as possible. The application should provide some details of any travel, dissertation research, resources, other equipment, source materials or other relevant expenses. You should include a statement of your proposed expenditure and a one or two paragraph account of the project and how you would benefit from receiving funds.

The deadline for applications is the end of Lent Full Term but some applications may be considered before then. If funds remain unspent, there will be a second round in the Easter Term. Decisions on funding will be taken by the Senior Tutor, the Master and the Director of Studies in German.

It is anticipated that sums in the hundreds of pounds may be available to those who demonstrate a need. Priority will be given to those whose application relates to a specific project rather than general need.

Ashcroft Fund for HSPS

The College has recently received a gift from an alumnus to support undergraduates reading HSPS. The annual income from the fund will be used to support undergraduate students studying for the Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos. Preference will be given to those from the state sector or those with a demonstrable financial need. This support may take the form of, but need not be limited to, bursaries; ad hoc financial support; grants for books, travel, or research; vacation study and such other purposes as may be agreed by the College and the Donors from time to time.

To apply, please submit the application form. The application should provide some details of any travel, dissertation research, books and computing resources, other equipment, source materials or other course-related expenses that you will incur and for which you have not received full funding. You should include a statement of your likely expenditure and a one or two paragraph account of the project, travel or need for equipment etc and how you would benefit from receiving funds.

Decisions on awards will then be taken by the Senior Tutor, the Master and the Director of Studies in HSPS. If funds remain unspent after applications in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, later applications may be considered.

It is anticipated that sums in the low hundreds of pounds may be available to those who demonstrate a need. Priority will be given to those whose application relates to a specific project rather than general need.

Stephen Tromans QC Fund for Law and Land Economy Students

This Fund was established in 2018 as an endowed fund that will provide Law and Land Economy students with grants to support their legal studies and vacation projects that relate to those legal studies and the law more broadly. It was established through the generosity of Stephen Tromans QC. Stephen studied Law at Selwyn from 1975 to 1978, then held a Fellowship in Law from 1981 to1987, during which time he lectured at the Department of Land Economy and supervised Law and Land Economy undergraduates at Selwyn.  He later practiced as a solicitor specializing in environmental law and was a partner in a major commercial firm before moving to the bar in 1999 and, in 2009, becoming a QC.

Recipients of awards from the Fund must be current Selwyn Law undergraduates and LLM students, or Land Economy undergraduates taking a Law paper. All eligible students will receive £30 at the start of each academic year for the purchase of a legal textbook.  In addition, grants will be available from the Fund to support students who show financial need, towards vacation projects relating to legal studies and the law more broadly: such a grant should be considered as a contribution and not complete funding. As there is a limited annual income from the capital in the Fund, maximum help for such projects is currently likely to be in the region of £500 – 750.

To apply, please submit the application form. Funding from other sources, applied for or already promised, must be declared. Details of the proposed project should be clearly stated.

The closing date for applications is the end of Lent Full Term 2019

All applications from eligible students will be considered. Factors taken in consideration will include:

  • The nature of the project.
  • Whether any paid vacation projects are being undertaken in the same vacation.
  • Whether the student will be returning to study in Cambridge in the academic year following the activity for which assistance is requested.
  • Special circumstances.

Decisions on funding will be taken by the Master, the Senior Tutor, and the Director of Studies in Law.
Successful applicants will be required to submit a report of their experiences.

Funds for Law and Law students

Two Funds have recently been established to support Law related activities. In both cases the details remain to be finalised.

One Fund will aim to support a current student who could not otherwise afford to undertake an unpaid mini-pupillage during one of the University vacations. This opportunity will not be limited only to those studying Law.

The other Fund is intended to support students in a variety of ways, including the purchase of expensive textbooks. Discussions with the donor are in progress on the details of the fund.

The page will be updated as details are finalised and approved. In the meantime, do not hesitate to discuss these matters with your Director of Studies.

Beker Mathematics Fund

The Beker Mathematics Fund was set up in 2008, following a generous benefaction from Professor Henry J. Beker. The purpose of the fund is to encourage the study of mathematics and to promote excellence in the subject. Grants from the Beker Fund may be made to both students and teachers of mathematics at Selwyn, in accordance with the following order of priority: undergraduates; those reading for Part III of the Mathematical Tripos (or the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics); postgraduates; Fellows (and Bye-Fellows).

Undergraduates 

i) the purchase of recommended course books

ii) the purchase of a computer, -peripherals, or software

iii) the purchase of licences for computer programmes that are otherwise not currently available to undergraduates

iv) attendance at mathematical conferences or meetings; or travel broadly related to the applicant’s course of study

Candidates for Part III and the equivalent fourth-year course: attendance at mathematical conferences or meetings; or travel broadly related to the applicant’s course of study

Postgraduates: attendance at mathematical conferences or meetings; or travel in connection with the applicant’s field of research

Fellows: attendance at mathematical conferences or meetings (or similar professional gatherings)

Subject to the approval of the HJB Charitable Trust, it may be possible to make grants for academic purchases or activities not listed above. Enquiries should be addressed to the Senior Tutor.

3. Applications should be submitted in accordance with the following procedures:

a) Undergraduate course books: undergraduates wishing to apply for a book grant should complete the standard application form and submit it, together with proof of purchase to their Director of Studies, who is asked to confirm that the title in question is a recommended course book before forwarding the form to the Senior Tutor. Not all the elements of the form will necessarily need to be completed. Applications can be submitted at any time, but payments will only be made at the end of each Term when the managers of the fund will consider all of the claims made in that term in the light of the available resources. It is expected that, within reason, the cost of the purchase of course books will be refunded in full.

b) All other categories of expenditure: to apply, please complete the application form. . Potential applicants wishing to ascertain in advance the likelihood and scale of the grant sought should consult the Senior Tutor. Applications may be made at any time.

4. The managers of the Beker Fund are: the Master, the Senior Tutor, a Tutor for Graduates (Sciences); and the Fellows in Mathematics.

Medical Elective Fund

This Fund was established in 2009 after an appeal when multiple donations were received from medical alumni and others, with one large donation from an individual alumnus. It was instigated to supply financial help for students planning medical electives usually, but not exclusively, away from Cambridge.

Recipients must be Selwyn clinical students studying Clinical Medicine at the Cambridge Clinical School. Occasionally, if sufficient funds are available, undergraduate medical students undertaking medically orientated vacation projects may be helped. Funds can be used for travel, subsistence or fees and should be considered as a contribution and not complete funding. As there is a limited annual income from the capital fund, maximum help at present is usually in the region of £200-300.

The designated application form should be submitted by the closing date. Funding from other sources, applied for or already promised, must be declared. Details of any projects of an academic nature should be clearly stated.

The closing date for applications for 2019 is 31st January 2019

All applications will be considered and funds allocated as fairly as possible. Factors taken in consideration will include:

  • Projects that are of an academic nature that may lead to a publication or presentation at a scientific meeting.
  • Proof that applications have been made to other grant sources. A list of potential sources can be obtained from Dr Robert Whitaker.
  • Special circumstances.

The Fund is administered by Dr Robert Whitaker and the Senior Tutor.

Successful applicants will submit a report on their research or experiences and should be prepared to address the Selwyn College Medical and Veterinary Society about it when requested to do so.

Music fund

All undergraduates reading Music and all undergraduates holding a Music Award (Organ, Choral, or Instrumental) are entitled to receive a contribution towards the cost of the instrumental/singing lessons. Details of funding to undergraduates reading Music and to holders of Music awards in 2015-16 will be communicated to those eligible at the beginning of Michaelmas Term.

Walters Kundert Sciences Summer Studentship Fund

The College has recently received a gift from the Walters Kundert Foundation to support students in Chemistry and other sciences subjects, and to promote excellence in Selwyn sciences. These funds are primarily intended to support summer project work. They may also be used for other purposes. Priority will be given to those whose application relates to a specific summer project (especially those in Cambridge) rather than general need.

The annual income from the Fund will be used, in order of preference:

  1. To support chemistry undergraduates who wish to undertake summer projects in or around Cambridge. Awards from the Fund will be for up to £2,000 to cover living expenses whilst gaining additional laboratory experience and extended research practice and understanding in the long vacation. The grants may be means tested, so that they can be directed towards the greatest financial need.
  2. To provide a range of smaller grants for books and equipment. Equipment may include lab coat and glasses, a calculator, molecular model sets or similar. Grants are likely to vary from £50 to £100.
  3. To provide small grants to undergraduates studying Natural Sciences and Engineering.

To apply, please submit the application form. It may not be necessary to compete all elements for the form, but please give as much detail as possible. The application should provide some details of relevant expenses. You should include a statement of your proposed expenditure and a one or two paragraph account of the project and how you would benefit from receiving funds.

The deadline for applications is the end of Lent Full Term. If funds remain unspent, there will be a second round in the Easter Term. Decisions on funding will be taken by the Senior Tutor, the Master and two Directors of Studies in Natural Sciences, at least one of whom shall be a Chemist.

Jamie Netschert Fund for Veterinary Students

This Fund was established in 2018 to provide veterinary students with grants to support different aspects of their studies. This can include help towards work experience, elective costs, or grants towards necessary equipment or specialist clothing for example. It was established by his wife, Donna, in the name of Dr. Bruce ‘Jamie’ Netschert, who died in November 2016. Jamie studied at Selwyn from 1975 and retained a close interest in the college throughout his career. He went on to run the Clifton-Centreville Animal Clinic in Centreville, Virginia.

To apply, please submit the application form. Recipients must be current Selwyn Veterinary students. Preference will be given to students who show financial need in supporting either travel, subsistence or fees for EMS or for elective placements that take them outside the UK. They should be considered as a contribution and not complete funding.

The application form should be submitted by the closing date at the end of Lent Full Term. If funds remain unspent after the first round of applications, a second round may be opened in the Easter Term.

Funding from other sources, applied for or already promised, must be declared. Details of any projects of an academic nature should be clearly stated.

All applications from eligible students will be. Criteria taken into consideration will include:

  • Whether projects are of an academic nature that may lead to a publication or presentation at a scientific meeting.
  • Proof that applications have been made to other grant sources. A list of potential sources can be obtained from Dr Eves.
  • Whether a student will be returning to study in Cambridge in the academic year following the activity for which assistance is requested.
  • The particular individual circumstances of the applicant.

Decisions on funding will be taken by the Master, the Senior Tutor, the Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine and a Tutor.

Successful applicants will submit a report of their research or experiences and should be prepared to address the Selwyn College Medical and Veterinary Society if requested to do so.