In addition to the student support funds directed at unexpected financial hardship, each year the College makes a number of awards to contribute to students’ costs relating to particular activities such as travel, sports or music. Some grants are made to College societies and clubs. The College also makes two awards that recognise students’ achievements in combining excellence academically with a significant contribution to College or University life. The latter awards are not the subject of an application process.

You should also consult Section 5.5 for information about funds for subject-related other funding opportunities.

5.6.1 College General Travel Grants

Every year, the College awards some General College Travel Grants and Vacation Study Grants, whose purpose is to assist students with trips that would normally be relevant to a student’s studies. The total amount available is limited.

In some Departments, funding is provided by the University to make contributions towards maintenance costs and travel for activities which are a compulsory element of Tripos (the approved list of courses is sometimes referred to as the ‘Pink List’). The Fellow for Grants (Professor Daping Chu) or your Director of Studies can advise on eligibility. The College will not expect to fund activities that are covered by this list and that are required by your Department or Faculty, whose responsibility it is to support such course requirements.

General College Travel and Vacation Study Grants are awarded to help with funding for trips not covered through the list mentioned above. Grant applications should be submitted to your Tutor by 5 p.m. on Friday 3rd May so that your Tutor can forward the completed application with their comments to the Fellow for Grants. They will then be considered by a meeting of the Tutors. The application form will be opened during the academic year, and all students will be notified when this happens. Graduate students should not use this form except for purely recreational travel. There are separate forms and processes for applications at any time of the year which are outlined in the Graduate Guide pages. Application forms can be completed online here.

The Tutors have agreed that priority in making grants will normally be given to projects that contribute directly to a student’s academic studies; such travel will usually be given priority over plans, which, while still beneficial, have less immediate relevance for Tripos. Other criteria taken into consideration will include financial need, the quality of proposal and planning of the trip and its impact for the student’s career or future, and whether a student has previously received a travel grant. Exceptionally a Tutor may support a case that non-academic-related travel should be granted funding, for example, if an applicant has never previously travelled overseas. Consideration may be given to a student’s disciplinary record in the year of application.

Applicants will be asked to provide as full costings as possible, covering all travel and associated costs of the trip, including subscriptions, activities, and associated expenses. They should also clarify what they expect to contribute financially themselves and/or raise from other sources, including the College’s academic-related funds. Directors of Studies will be asked to comment on the academic value and relevance of the travel.

In all cases it is a condition of accepting a grant from the College that the student will undertake the travel for which they applied and that they should submit a brief report on their travel or other activities by the Division of the Term after their travel.

It is a condition of accepting the grant that the student undertakes to write a report on the trip after it is completed. Use this form to submit a report on your travel after your return

5.6.2 Specific Travel Grants

In addition to the General Travel Grants, there are some Special Travel Grants which are aimed a particular kinds of travel but considered through the same application process. If you are thinking of directing your application to one of these grants you simply indicate so on the form. You should discuss this with your Tutor before submitting your form.

The following funds require only the standard application form, including a clear indication of the fund to which the student wishes to apply:

  • The Borradaile Fund is available for zoology related travel with a preference to undergraduates.
  • The Boydell Fund is for vet students to travel to remote regions to study wildlife. It is distributed every a few years when sufficient fund is accumulated for a meaningful award.
  • The Cott Fund exists primarily to assist junior members of the College who wish to travel overseas to engage in a biological or anthropological scientific expedition/research project.
  • The Terry Dixon Memorial Travel Fund has the priority to support any students travelling to Japan.
  • The T S Cordiner Travel Bursary
    A generous gift from an alumnus provides this travel bursary to support the full costs of a current Selwyn student who wishes to travel to the United States of America during the Long Vacation. Preference may be given to those who have never previously travelled to North America and whose project is planned as both a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to undertake a potentially life-changing experience that the student could not otherwise afford. The project need not be Tripos-related. Details will be advertised in due course.
  • The Medical Mission Fund is for religious (Christian) related trips and must be used for the activities which can be regarded as missionary and medical in nature.

Like the general grants, it is a requirement of accepting the grant to complete a report. Use this form to submit a report on your travel after your return.

5.6.3 Music Awards

Around six Choral Exhibitions (£100 per annum, normally tenable for three years) are offered each year, for all voices. Holders of Choral awards form the nucleus of the Chapel Choir. All members of the Choir are expected to attend all rehearsals and services, participate in periodic concerts, recordings, tours etc, and take an active part in the general musical life of the College.

Instrumental Awards (£100 per annum, normally tenable for three years) are offered every year for certain instruments. Instrumental award holders also receive professional ensemble coaching and subsidies for their instrumental lessons. For details, see the current Cambridge Admissions Prospectus.

Organ Scholarships (£450 per annum, normally tenable for three years) are offered in two out of every three years. The Organ Scholar’s responsibilities include playing for Sunday services, and any other non- Choral services, and assisting the Director of Music in the preparation of all Choral services and practice. The Scholar is expected to take a leading part in the musical life of the College, and to conduct and arrange concerts in consultation with the Director of Music.

5.6.4 Sports Grants

As a result of generous donations made by alumni the College has a number of funds available to help members of the College with their sporting expenses, especially those competing at University level or at national level. There is an application form for these grants, and the procedure for applying will be advertised in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms for completion at the beginning of the following Term. Grants will only be made to cover expenses incurred during the academic year during which the claim is made and not retrospectively for the previous year(s). In some cases this may entail an estimate being made of the expenditure that will be incurred during Easter Term. Grants may be made to help College teams with the costs of kit, hire of facilities or the purchase of specialist equipment. Clubs should have first applied through the process described below.

5.6.5 College Societies and Sports Clubs

The College provides support for student Clubs and Societies, some of which has been raised through alumni donations. The applications should be made by the deadline in mid-October and using the form provided for that purpose: Applications for funds. In applying for and accepting funds, all societies and clubs are signing up to the College’s Guidelines.

Clubs should apply to the Societies Fund for support and should also explore other funding opportunities such as sponsorship before making an application to the Sports Grants funds. Further details and an application form can be found here.

5.6.6 Awards for which no application is necessary

In addition to the Scholarships and Prizes that are awarded for academic excellence, the College makes some further awards upon the nomination of Tutors.

Tallow Chandlers Awards
Each year two students are nominated by the Tutors for Tallow Chandlers Awards on the grounds of their academic excellence and general contribution to the life of the College. There is no application form.

Christopher Johnson Awards
Each year two students are nominated by the Tutors for Christopher Johnson awards on the grounds of their academic and other contributions to the life of the College. These awards are made to mark the long service of our Honorary Fellow, Dr Christopher Johnson, to the Selwyn College Association. There is no application form.