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College hardship funding for current postgraduates

The College has funds available to postgraduates to assist with maintenance and other living costs. The funding listed here has been made available partly from the College's own funds, but also from the generous donations of our benefactors. 

College hardship funding is both restricted and unrestricted. Restricted funding is available with qualifications, such as field of enquiry, nationality, or for particular types of hardship, such as the provision of childcare. Unrestricted funding can be used for any purposes at the discretion of the Postgraduate Tutor for Finance.

Please remember that in tandem to exploring hardship funding at Catz, students should also explore hardship funding available through the University, your department/ faculty, and via external sources. 

General Hardship

The following grants are designed to help students who are generally in need.

Eric Allen Bursary Fund

This fund can provide bursaries for postgraduate students in need.

Hilary Morse Bursaries

Bursaries shall be awarded on the basis of financial need and the availability of alternate sources of support.

Ivan O’Dell Postgraduate Studentship Fund

The Ivan O’Dell Postgraduate Studentship Fund provides awards to postgraduate students of the College.

1960 Postgraduates’ Bursary Fund

The Governing Body may award one or more bursaries annually to assist students of the College in financial need, on the recommendation of the postgraduate tutors. The value of a bursary is usually around £500.

1973 Members’ Bursary Fund

The Governing Body may award one or more bursaries annually to assist students of the College in financial need, on the recommendation of the postgraduate tutors. The value of a bursary is usually around £500.

Unrestricted hardship funding

Each year, St Catharine’s alumni raise funds to support the postgraduate community and students in financial hardship. The amount of available funding varies by year and each case is considered on its own merits. Grants made to eligible applicants are usually in the region of £100–£2,000.

Hardship associated with childcare

Thriplow Charitable Trust Postgraduate Support Fund

The Thriplow Charitable Trust Postgraduate Support Fund provides grants to postgraduate students of the College for the support of their research and study, including attendance at conferences, travelling expenses, the purchase of books and equipment, the provision of childcare, and the relief of hardship.

Alan Battersby Postgraduate Support Fund 

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.

Overseas Bursary Fund 

The Overseas Bursary Fund is for international students domiciled, or resident, or normally resident, outside the United Kingdom and other countries of the European Community. It supports applications for financial assistance for any reason. Applicants should apply using the normal hardship form and should state that they wish to be considered for this bursary, and should demonstrate eligibility.

Candidates for Holy Orders

Drury Memorial Exhibition 

The Drury Memorial Exhibition may support a member of the College who is a candidate for ordination in the Church of England and in financial need. The tenure of an award shall be up to three years, and an award of a shorter duration may be extended to a total of three years.

The Johns Memorial Fund

The Johns Memorial Fund may support members of the College pursuing ordination training at an Anglican theological college who are in financial need.

How to apply

In order to apply for Hardship Funding of any type, please download and complete the College Hardship Application Form. Please make sure you write the name of the award or awards you wish to be considered for at the top of the form and, in a sentence or two, justify your eligibility if you are applying for a restricted fund.

Once completed, the form should be submitted to the Postgraduate Administrator.

Please note:

  • The College prioritises cases whereby students have sought additional financial support from other sources, such as their department or from the University. We will not reach a final decision until you have notified the Postgraduate Administrator of the outcome of your other applications. Contingency awards can, however, be made in cases of immediate need.

  • The College prioritises cases whereby financial difficulty was not foreseeable.

  • Hardship funding is not designed to be a long-term solution for postgraduates. The budget planner on the application is designed to help you think about how you intend to manage your expenses and costs going forward. Students who have provided a thorough budget plan will be prioritised.

  • It is essential that your supervisor provides the relevant endorsement for your application.​ Incomplete applications will be returned.

Contact

If you are not sure whether or not you are eligible to apply for hardship funding at Catz, please contact Angela Abbott, the Postgraduate Administrator (grad.admin@caths.cam.ac.uk).

 
 

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