College funding for current postgraduates

Whilst postgraduates need to have sufficient funding for their fees and basic maintenance costs in place prior to starting their course, St Catharine's offers a range of support for current postgraduate students to assist them with their studies. In addition to research, travel and hardship support, as well as prizes for academic merit, the College has a range of bursaries to assist postgraduate study. Please be advised that all of these awards are subject to availability and several are shared with undergraduates. Students should ensure that they put the name of the fund or funds that they wish to be considered for in their application for financial support.


Postgraduate Support Fund

The Postgraduate Support Fund awards grants, scholarships, and bursaries to postgraduate students. It also supports and encourages postgraduate activities in the College.

The Master's Fund

This fund provides grants to individuals or specific projects in areas that are otherwise unlikely to be supported through existing funds. Find out more and apply.



The Higham Prize(s) can be awarded to support postgraduate archaeological fieldwork in the region known as Southeast Asia incorporating the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. 

Business Administration and Management

The Benavitch Fund for Business Studies can award grants to members of the College reading for higher degrees in Business Administration and/or Management Studies in conjunction with the Judge Business School.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Alan Battersby Postgraduate Support Fund can support postgraduate research and study in the fields of Chemistry or Biochemistry, including attendance at conferences, travelling expenses, the purchase of books and equipment, the provision of childcare, and the relief of hardship.


The Christopher MacGregor Memorial Fund can award research grants and prizes in the field of English Literature.

Physics, Chemistry, Material Sciences, Geochemistry, Geophysics and Astronomy

The Exact Scientists Fund awards grants to assist students of the College working in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Material Sciences, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Astronomy, by enabling them to attend conferences, to visit other workers in their field, and to defray the expenses of their research in so far as those expenses cannot be met from research grants.


The William Balchin Travel Award Fund provides financial assistance towards exceptional travel costs arising from academic activity for postgraduate members studying Geography, such as fieldwork for a thesis or dissertation, or other academic undertakings requiring travel. Students wishing to apply for the award must apply to the Balchin Travel Award Committee not later than the end of the second week of Full Easter Term, setting out the proposed project, the cost, and any other sources of financial assistance that have been sought or received.


The Eric Stokes Fund awards grants to postgraduate members of the College who are engaged in research on overseas history (including the history of the United States of America) and, at the discretion of the Managers, for any other purpose related to the study of history in the College.

History, geography or culture of the Malay World

Bowring project grants of up to about £5,000 are available for postgraduate students currently working on topics within its remit, thanks to a generous donation by alumnus Philip Bowring (1960, History).


The Tom Ivory Fund may provide grants to postgraduate members of the College studying Law for the support of their research and study. 

The Gooderson Memorial Fund may provide grants to members of the College, in particular those preparing to become barristers or solicitors or commencing in legal practice.

Theology or Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The Jarrett Fund provides research awards to postgraduate students undertaking research in Theology or Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. 

Veterinary Science

The Daniel Owen Morgan Fund For Veterinary Science can provide maintenance awards for postgraduate veterinary students who have obtained the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine or any other veterinary degree that can be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  

To apply

Unless a specific application process is advertised, please complete the application form which can be downloaded here and return it to the Postgraduate Administrator at




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