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5.5 Funds for subject-related activities and Vacation placements

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The College does not support travel to areas which the government advises travellers to avoid. In all cases, the College expects all who receive grants to assess risk carefully, to keep up with all British government guidance and to abide by any U.K. or other government regulations. 

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 separate application form separate from that for general travel grants. The application form is used for all of these awards. You do not need to apply separately for each of them.

If you incur expenses before the applications open or before the deadline for applications, please raise the matter with your Tutor. With the two exceptions listed below, the usual practice is to consider retrospective applications for expenses incurred after 1st October of the current academic year rather than take piecemeal decisions during the year. Applications pertaining to the previous academic year or the long vacation before the current year will not usually be considered.  

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.

If funds remain unspent after the first round of decisions, new applications to a later deadline will be considered in the Easter Term.

For most Funds there is an initial application deadline of the Friday 17th March. The following funds operate to a different timetable:

  • The Beker Mathematics Fund is open for applications at any point in the year.
  • Devonport Architecture Fund is open for applications at any point in the year.

To apply, please submit the application form. Please indicate for which Fund(s) you are eligible. You may tick more than one. Please do not submit multiple different applications to the different funds for the same project.

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.


Two funds are less directly subject related than the rest. These are listed first. Please follow the links for more details about each of the Funds:

The Master’s Fund for Summer Projects

Purpose: Internships, dissertation research, research or other projects
Eligibility: All subjects, undergraduates and postgraduates
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting statement from: DoS and Tutor
Find out more

The Bassetts Fund for dissertation-related travel

Purpose: Dissertation research
Eligibility: Undergraduates
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement from: DoS
Find out more

Architecture, Devonport Fund

Purpose: Course-related expenses
Eligibility: Undergraduates studying Architecture
Deadline: No deadline - fund open year-round
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor
Find out more

Engineering, Ball 1987 Fund

Purpose: Course-related research or other projects
Eligibility: Undergraduates studying Engineering
Deadline: Start of Easter Full Term
Supporting Statement From: DoS
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Geography and Land Economy, Ball Fund

Purpose: Internships, dissertation research, research or other projects
Eligibility: Undergraduates and postgraduates studying Geography or Land Economy
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor
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German, Gebauer Fund

Purpose: Internships, dissertation research, research or other projects related to German and Germany
Eligibility: All subjects, undergraduates and postgraduates studying German(y)
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor
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HSPS, Ashcroft Fund

Purpose: Dissertation research, research or other projects related to HSPS
Eligibility: Undergraduates reading HSPS
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor
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Law, Macpherson Fund

Purpose: Projects relating to the Law
Eligibility: Undergraduates reading Law, about to change to Law or considering a legal career
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor
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Law and Land Economy, Stephen Tromans QC Fund

Purpose: Internships, dissertation research, research or other projects relating to Legal subjects
Eligibility: Law and Land Economy undergraduates and LLM students
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS
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Mathematics, Beker Fund

Purpose: Support for those studying Mathematics and Mathematics more generally
Eligibility: Maths undergraduates and postgraduates and Fellows
Deadline: No deadline, funds available all year
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor

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Medical Elective Fund and Steinacher Fund for Medicine

Purpose: Support for Medical Elective Projects, whether travel or research
Eligibility: Clinical Medical Students preparing their elective
Deadline: 17th March 
Supporting Statement From: Tutor 
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Sigmund Munz Asian Travel Fund

Purpose: Travel to Asia
Eligibility: Undergraduates who have not previously been able to visit Asia
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor
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Natural Sciences, Walters Kundert Physical Sciences Summer Studentship Fund

Purpose: Sciences internships, dissertation research, research or other projects
Eligibility: Undergraduates studying Chemistry, other Physical Natural Sciences and Engineering
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor
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Natural Sciences, Davies Fund for Biochemistry and Zoology

Purpose: Sciences internships, dissertation research, research or other projects
Eligibility: Undergraduates studying Biochemistry and/or Zoology
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS
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Russian, The Sarah Adams Fund

Purpose: Internships, dissertation research, research or other projects [awards may not be made in 2022]
Eligibility: Undergraduates and postgraduates studying Russian and those with Russian studies interests
Deadline: 17th March [conditional on prevailing circumstances]
Supporting Statement From: DoS and Tutor
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Jamie Netschert Veterinary Studies Fund

Purpose: Clinical Veterinary Electives
Eligibility: Clinical veterinary students preparing an elective
Deadline: 17th March
Supporting Statement From: DoS in Veterinary Medicine
Find out more

The College’s support for travel does not imply that it is responsible for the safety of the traveller. These are independent projects. Tutors will expect their students to confirm that applicants for these funds have undertaken any appropriate risk assessments and that they have checked Foreign Office advice on their destination(s). The College also encourages any traveller to ensure that they have all appropriate vaccinations before they travel.