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Learning grants

Competitive conference & fieldwork funding
Financial support for Oxford University Programme in Languages (Fast Track)
Academic grants

Funding for Blues sports
Anthony Storr Bursary Fund
Dame Ida Mann Essay Prize
Nautilus awards

Learning grants

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 £220 per student per fee-paying year are available to assist in these activities. (Clinical medical (BM) students receive a double allowance in their final year to assist with the cost of the final year elective.)

Reimbursement, with relevant receipts, should be requested on the form below. 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
  • Subsistence costs (ie. food and drink)
  • 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
  • Equipment such as laptops and accessories
  • Activities undertaken during a period of suspension of student status or after the completion of your programme.

Download an application form for a Learning Grant.

Please return this form to

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Competitive conference & fieldwork funding

In addition to Learning Grants, and with generous support from Christopher Adams, Emeritus Fellow, GTC also offers supplementary funding for conference and fieldwork expenses on a competitive basis. Applications are open to all GTC students, and will normally be considered on a twice-termly basis (subject to available funds). The following criteria will apply:

  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate academic excellence in their programme of study.
  • Applicants should explain how the conference or fieldwork relates to their studies.
  • Applicants must provide an itemised breakdown of associated expenses, and specify how much money they are applying for. Legitimate expenses include travel cost, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. Subsistence costs (ie. food and drink) will not be reimbursed.
  • The maximum level of any single award will be £500. Multiple applications may be made in an academic year, but the total awarded will not normally exceed £500.
  • Applicants must declare what other financial support they have secured and/or are applying for in relation to the conference or fieldwork (for example, from their department or a sponsor organization).
  • The awarding panel will take into account whether the applicant has used their Learning Grant and whether any other competitive funding has been awarded previously.
  • Priority may be given to students who have not previously been supported from this fund and/or to those who have no other financial support.
  • For conferences: priority for awards is as follows:
    • Delivering a paper to a plenary session​
    • Delivering a paper to a stream or workshop
    • Otherwise involved in conference proceedings (eg. poster session, chairing a session, etc)
    • Attending the conference.​

Application form for Competitive conference & fieldwork funding (PDF)
Application form for Competitive conference & fieldwork funding (word)

Students wishing to apply should complete the application form and return it to James McBain, Student Administrator. They should also ask their supervisor (or other appropriate programme tutor) to send an email 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.

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Financial support for Oxford University Programme in Languages (Fast Track)

Fast Track 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 Fast Track 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 Fast Track course must notify this to the Academic Administrator, James McBain, at the beginning of the course (by the end of Week 2 of Michaelmas term).
  • The student should successfully complete the course.
  • At the end of the course, the student should produce their certificate to the Academic Administrator, James McBain, 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 before applying. 

If you have any further queries about this support, please contact the Academic Administrator.

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Academic grants

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 Ruth Loseby by Monday of Week 2 of the term in which the request is to be considered. Ruth 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 Ruth to discuss this.

Please note that funding will not normally be given from this source for personal academic needs such as conference attendance.

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Funding for Blues sports

Until 31 July 2017 GTC students who represent the University at sport and are awarded a Blue may claim up to £250 and a ½ Blue £125 towards their sports expenses (within a period of three years).

From 1 August 2017 GTC students who represent the University at sport and are awarded a Blue or ½ Blue may claim up to £200 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.

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The College has limited funds each year to help current students who are experiencing hardship, which is defined as unexpected financial difficulties with living costs. Awards do not normally exceed £1,000. Students who feel they may be in need of hardship funds should make an appointment with Alison Franklin, Academic Registrar, in the first instance. Students may be directed to other sources of funding before an application to the College's funds can be considered. Grants/loans will not be made available to students who have embarked on a programme with insufficient funding.

Read Hardship Policy.

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The Anthony Storr Bursary Fund

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.

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Dame Ida Mann Essay Prize

This prize, worth £150, is open to any GTC student and is awarded for an essay on a topic relating to (in alternate years) Ophthalmology (2017) or History of Medicine. 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.

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Nautilus awards

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).

Nautilus earrings   Nautilus Necklace   Nautilus cufflinks

The following guidelines apply:

  • Students may be nominated by themselves, other students, Fellows, or other senior members of the College. Self-nominations must be supported by at least one other person in the College.
  • 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.
  • A small panel, chaired by the Principal and including at least one and up to three previous award winners, will select from the nominations.


Academic Achievement

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.

College Citizenship

These awards are intended to mark outstanding identification with the College, dedication, and commitment to enhancing College community life in all areas.

Sporting Achievement

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 will open in Trinity Term.

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