Competitive conference & fieldwork funding
Financial support for Oxford University Programme in Languages (OPAL)
Funding for Blues sports
Anthony Storr Bursary Fund
Dame Ida Mann Essay Prize
Students are encouraged to attend conferences, arrange electives, and engage in fieldwork related to their areas of study. Some students may have other study-related needs, such as learning a language to enable research of primary sources, or purchasing a specialised software package to analyse data. Learning grants of up to £200 per student per fee-paying year are available to assist in these activities. (Clinical medical (BM) students can receive an extra £200 in their final year to assist with the cost of the final year elective.)
Funding should be requested on the form below. Approved expenses will be reimbursed on production of relevant receipts. The allocation may be carried forward to future years if unused, but cannot be spent beyond the end of a student's programme. Learning grants are given subject to the agreement of the Senior Tutor and students should note that grants will not be made available for the following:
- Travel to and from a student’s department or regular place of study
- Recreational travel, including travel to and from a student’s home country
- Books – if you are unable to find the books you need in the libraries open to you, ask the GTC Librarians who may purchase them for the College Library or arrange an Inter-Library Loan
- Equipment such as laptops and accessories
- Activities undertaken during a period of suspension of student status or after the completion of your programme.
Please return this form to Alison Franklin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Learning Grants, GTC also offers supplementary funding for conference and fieldwork expenses on a competitive basis (thanks in part to the generosity of GTC alumni and the Annual Fund). Applications are open to all GTC students, and will normally be considered on a termly basis. The principal criterion will be the applicant's academic excellence. Further details can be found in the 'Guidelines' document below.
Students wishing to apply should complete the application form and return it to April López, Academic Registrar. They should also ask their supervisor (or other appropriate programme tutor) to send an e-mail in support of their academic excellence and their proposed activities by the relevant deadline.
The deadline for consideration will normally be Friday of Week 3 in any term, although a second round may be held if sufficient applications are received by Friday of Week 8 and if funds remain for that term.
OPAL is run by the University of Oxford Language Centre. It is an early evening programme of courses lasting a full academic year, currently available in eight languages. Learners are expected to be highly motivated and well organized, and places are limited and competitive.
GTC students who are selected for places on OPAL courses may claim back 50% of the total cost (including course and exam fee) on the following conditions:
- A student who is allocated a place on an OPAL course must notify this to the Student Support & Scholarships Sub-committee (via the Academic Registrar) at the beginning of the course (by the end of Week 2 of Michaelmas term).
- The student should complete successfully the two terms of classes, noting that there is an 80% minimum attendance requirement.
- At the end of the course, the student should produce their certificate to the Academic Registrar in order to claim back the appropriate funding.
All GTC students on any programme are eligible for this support.
Students are strongly advised to read the ‘Guide to OPAL for applicants’ on the Language Centre website before applying.
User’s Guide to the Language Centre
If you have any further queries about this support, please contact the Academic Registrar.
Students are encouraged to organize their own academic-related events in College. Limited funding is available to assist with such events.
Applications will be considered at the termly meetings of Student Support & Scholarships Sub-committee. Applications should include:
- details of the proposed activity (type of event, proposed date(s), expected attendance, any speakers approached/booked, etc)
- how it will benefit GTC students
- any GTC Fellows or other senior members who will be involved or who support the activity
- a budget indicating the overall cost (this can be estimated if you are in the early planning stages)
- the amount of funding being requested from the College
- any other funding already received or expected from other sources.
Note that there is no application form. Students wishing to hold events should ensure that they have contacted the Conference and Events Manager to discuss availability of facilities and potential dates before making an application.
Applications should be sent to April López by Monday of Week 2 of the term in which the request is to be considered. April can also be contacted if you have any queries about the grants.
It may be possible for requests to be considered between committee meetings if necessary; again, please contact April to discuss this.
Please note that funding will not normally be given from this source for personal academic needs such as conference attendance.
GTC students who represent the University at sport and are awarded a Blue may claim up to £250 towards their sports expenses (within a period of three years).
Sports expenses covers equipment, travel, subscriptions, etc incurred in course of training for and competing in a Blues team. The claim for expenses must be supported by original receipts, which must be submitted when the claim is made.
The claim, giving a brief outline of the expenses and including original receipts, should be sent to the Bursar as Secretary of the College Life Committee. The request will be tabled at the next CLC meeting following submission of the claim.
The College has a limited amount of funds each year in case of student hardship in unforeseen circumstances. Students who feel they may be in need of hardship funds should make an appointment with Mike Newton, Acting College Accountant, in the first instance. Loans and grants will not be made available to students who have embarked on a programme with insufficient funding.
A fund exists in memory of Anthony Storr, a Founding Fellow of Green College, for the benefit of students in their fourth year of DPhil study who are experiencing financial hardship.
Eligible students should apply by letter, explaining their situation and the reasons why they find themselves in financial hardship. Applications will be considered on an individual basis by a small committee, who will usually expect an applicant to have been affected by some unforeseen circumstance. Awards are not usually greater than £1000.
Letters should be addressed to Alison Franklin, Student Administrator.
This prize, now worth £150, is open to any GTC student and is awarded for an essay on a topic relating to (in alternate years) Ophthalmology or History of Medicine (2016). The essay, which should be of not more than 3000 words, may take the form of critical review, original research, evidence-based case report(s) or other forms similar to an article which might be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The college may keep and/or publish (for example, online) a copy of the essay. No student may be awarded the prize more than once.
Details of annual closing dates and method of submission will be circulated to students in Hilary term.
Deadline for receipt of forms: Tuesday 31 May, 5pm.
Nautilus Awards have been presented since 2004 at Templeton College and the tradition continues at GTC.
The awards were created to identify and celebrate exceptional student achievement. They are intended to encourage future generations of students to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and to contribute to the vibrant life of the student community.
Up to 20 awards are made to students who have enhanced the College's reputation throughout the University through their outstanding athletic or academic achievement, or who have enriched the life of the student community through exemplary contribution to College life. Award winners receive a certificate, £100, and a piece of specially-designed solid silver Nautilus jewellery. A presentation will be made at the GTC Garden Party at the end of Trinity term (winners will be notified in advance).
The following guidelines apply:
- Students may nominate any other student for an award in any category.
- Fellows and other Senior Members may nominate any student in any category.
- Self-nominations are acceptable, but must be supported by at least one other student or Senior Member.
- A student may be nominated in more than one category but may not receive more than one award in a year.
- An award winner may not receive a second award in the same category in subsequent years. See a list of previous winners.
- A small panel, chaired by the Principal and including at least one and up to three previous award winners, will select from the nominations.
These awards are made to students who distinguish themselves by exceptional academic achievement. This could include (but is not limited to):
- contribution to the College's academic life, organization of a conference, seminars, etc
- University-level recognition, the award of an academic prize, etc
- excelling in the College's internal research presentations
- external (ie. outside the University) academic recognition.
These awards are intended to mark outstanding identification with the College, dedication, and commitment to enhancing College community life in all areas.
Students who bring distinction to the College through participating in University sports, whether recognised as Full or Half Blue, or not, might typically be nominated for a Nautilus Award. Student athletes can also be nominated for achievements such as exceptional success at College level, great improvements in skill while at the College, or managing College sports clubs and events. Selection will take into account the sporting achievement and its contribution to the society and standing of the College.
Nominations on the appropriate form (see above) should be sent to April Lopez by 5pm on the deadline date.