Jean Thomas PhD award

Due to the generosity of a St Catharine's alumnus, Peter Dawson and of his wife Christina, the College is delighted to be able offer one fully-funded PhD studentship per year to a Home or EU student undertaking a PhD at St Catharine's College.

Award details

Known as the Jean Thomas PhD Award in honour of our former Master, Professor Dame Jean Thomas, the award is to be made annually on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrable financial need. The award is open to applicants in any subject, although preference will be given to those in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. Preference will be given to candidates who list St Catharine’s as their 1st choice of College on their GRADSAF or those who have previously undertaken an undergraduate or graduate degree at the college.


The Award is tenable for three years subject to satisfactory progress and covers the full University Combined Fee plus an annual maintenance stipend at the minimum rate set by the Graduate Admissions Office.

How to apply

Candidates should hold an offer of a place to study with a department or Faculty within the University. To obtain such a place, a separate application must be made to the University by the applicant before applying for a bursary. For more information on how to apply for Graduate study, please refer to the University’s website at:

The deadline for applications to be received at St Catharine's is 31st March each year and the results will be published later in the spring. Eligibility for an award may be conditional on the results of the candidate's current degree. The awarding committee will consist of the Graduate Tutors, the Financial Tutor and the Master.

Applications for the award should be made using the application form which can be downloaded from the right-hand sidebar of this page. Completed forms should be submitted electronically in PDF format (one single file) to the Graduate Administrator at

Please note two full academic references must be provided and we will not contact referees on any candidate's behalf. Referees may email their references directly to the Graduate Administrator at the address above.