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Scholarships, prizes & awards

Jesus College offers a generous variety of scholarships and prizes, to help students with their studies and award them for academic excellence.

The College also has one of the most generous access bursary schemes in Oxford, which is provided to those students needing financial support.

Awards differ in availability between level of study and subjects read. To find information on all our scholarships, prizes and awards, you can browse below or use the ‘Filter by Subject’ tool to see which subject awards are available to you. Alternatively, if you know the name of the award, enter it into the Search function at the top of the page, to find the related information page.

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BCL Scholarships

Law

Through the generosity of an alumnus and in conjunction with the Law Faculty, we are delighted to offer scholarships worth £20,000 for students embarking on the Bachelor in Civil Law degree (BCL). Read more.

Bylaw 6.3 Award

Open to applications from all graduates

Under the terms of Bylaw 6.3, the Governing Body may award funds to students for special courses of study or in respect of other academically beneficial activities. Such courses or activities must relate directly to the course of study and must not be a compulsory part of that course.

Students wishing to apply for these funds should apply in writing to the Academic Director and enclose a letter of support from their Tutor, or arrange for their Tutor to send an email in support. The application must detail the nature of the work and its connection to the current course of study. It should also detail the costs and the efforts to secure funds from alternative sources.

The maximum amount of an award is £325. There is a limit of £2,000 available per academic year for awards under Bylaw 6.3, and grants will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications should be sent in by Wednesday of weeks -1, 2 and 6 each term to allow consideration by Academic Committee. It is possible to consider applications outside this cycle, but only if the request is urgent.

Once the work has been completed, the student must submit a written report to the Academic Director for consideration by Governing Body.

Clarendon Scholarships

Clarendon Development Fund Scholarships: Two scholarships are available to students pursuing a one-year taught postgraduate course in Humanities and a one-year taught postgraduate course in Social Sciences commencing their programme of studies in 2022.

Clarendon ‘Old Members’ Award: Two scholarships are available to one student pursuing a DPhil in Humanities and one student pursuing a DPhil in Medical Sciences commencing their programme of studies in 2022.

Clarendon Barnes Atmospheric Award: One fully-funded Clarendon scholarship will be available to a student pursuing a DPhil in either Atmospheric Physics or Marine Biology commencing their programme of studies in 2022.

Further details on Clarendon scholarships can be found here.

Graduate Research Allowance

Open to applications from all graduates

Graduate students at Jesus College may make applications for funds for academic purposes (such as attendance at a conference to deliver a paper or other research trips) up to 3 months before travel. Please note that the research allowance may not be used for the purchase of computers. The grant year runs from 1 August to 31 July, and allowances should be used in that academic year: they cannot usually be carried over into a subsequent year. The grant is currently worth £800 per year for full-time students (£400 per year for part-time students). Applications can only be made whilst students are on their course, not in the summer after completing an MPhil, for instance.

Applications setting out the purpose of the application and the costs expected to be incurred (including any funds obtained from other sources) should be addressed to the Academic Director, but sent in the first instance to Carole Thomas, the Graduate Administrator in the Academic Office. A letter or email of support from the University Supervisor is also required. This should be sent directly to Carole Thomas at the same time as the application.

Jesus College Graduate Scholarships

Open to applications from all eligible graduates

The Governing Body proposes to award up to ten Graduate Scholarships tenable at this College. Applicants will be judged on their academic merit. Preference may be given to applicants in later years of study. Some account may be taken of the balance between arts and science subjects at the shortlisting stage, but not in making the awards. Please note the scholarships are not awarded on the basis of contribution to general College life or to assist in cases of financial need (those in financial need should consult the Academic Services Manager about applying for Hardship Funds).

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from present graduate members of the College. Please note, those eligible should be in the first year of a two-year fee liability course, or taking a one-year fee liability course which will lead to a further three or four year fee liability course (a defined one plus three course), or in the first or second year of a three-year fee liability course, or first, second or third year of a four year fee liability course, e.g. DTC or CDT courses. Part-time students are eligible to apply in years two, three or four of a six to eight year fee liability research course. PGCE, 2nd BM and Second Undergraduate Degree students are not eligible.

How many Scholarships are there?

There will be up to ten Graduate Scholarships awarded. The number awarded will depend on the quality of the applicants.

How much is a Jesus College Graduate Scholarship worth?

These Scholarships will be of the value of £900 per annum (£450 per annum for part-time students). They also carry the entitlement to dine at High Table without charge on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights up to a maximum of eight times in Full Term (weeks 1-8) during the academic year (payment is required for any wine taken). When gowns are required, Scholars are also eligible to wear a Scholar’s Gown (which will be paid for by the College). The scholarships will be tenable in the first instance for one year from 1 October and will be renewable for a period equivalent to the relevant research board award, subject to the satisfactory performance of the scholar.

How do I apply?

Please send details of your academic CV, the names of two referees, and a brief statement of your course or programme of research (e.g. DPhil, MPhil, MSc(Res)); this statement should be no more than two sides of A4 and should outline your studies or research, setting out your methodology, research aims, etc. Applications should be addressed to the Academic Director and sent by email to the Graduate Administrator Emily Huang. There is no application form. Applicants must arrange for two references to be received by Carole Thomas by the closing date. The closing date for applications is Friday of 4th Week of Trinity Term and interviews are likely to take place in 7th Week of Trinity Term.

Dr Alexandra Lumbers
Academic Director

Jesus College Writing-Up Allowance

Open to applications from all graduates

Jesus College Writing-Up Allowance is tenable to graduate students at Jesus College. Applications will be judged on their academic merit.

Who can apply?

All doctoral students in their 4th year, if unfunded, may apply for up to £1,000 to help with the costs of completing their doctorate.

How do I apply?

Applications should be made to the Academic Director, via the Graduate Administrator, setting out the costs expected to be incurred in their unfunded year. The supervisor will need to supply a reference confirming the student is in good academic standing and that the student is not in receipt of funding. The student must have passed their Confirmation of Status at the time of application. Those in the 5th year of a 4-year DTP/CDT/DTC programme are ineligible (however we may consider these applications in 2020/21 owing to the ongoing pandemic if COVID Hardship Funding is not appropriate) if the 5th year is as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Meyricke Graduate Scholarship

Open to applications from all graduates

The Governing Body awards up to two Meyricke Graduate Scholarships each year. Candidates are selected who appear in the judgement of the panel to be of sufficient academic merit to be Meyricke Graduate Scholars of the College.

Who can apply?

Applicants should have taken or become qualified to take a degree of the University of Wales. Successful candidates will normally be expected to have commenced a course leading to a degree or diploma of the University of Oxford at the start of Michaelmas Term.

How many Scholarships are there?

There will be up to two Meyricke Scholarships awarded. The number will depend on the academic calibre of the applicants.

How much is a Meyricke Graduate Scholarship worth?

These scholarships will be of the value of £900 per annum and also carry the right to wear a Scholars’ gown and certain dining rights. The scholarships will be tenable in the first instance for one year from 1 October in the current year and will be renewable annually up to the end of the period of fee liability, subject to a continuing strong academic performance of the scholar.

How do I apply?

For further informtion on how to apply, please contact the Graduate Administrator in the Academic Office, and arrange for two academic referees to write by the closing date. Applications and references should be addressed to the Academic Director, Jesus College, Oxford, marked clearly “Meyricke Graduate Scholarships” on the envelope. The closing date for applications is Friday of 2nd week of Michaelmas Term. Interviews will take place on the Friday of 3rd week.

Dr Alexandra Lumbers
Academic Director

OOC AHRC DTP–Jesus College Scholarships

The OOC AHRC DTP – 450th Anniversary Scholarship is available to one student pursuing a DPhil in Philosophy commencing their programme of studies in 2022. Details of how to apply can be found here.

The OOC AHRC DTP- History Scholarship is available to one student pursuing a DPhil in History commencing their programme of studies in 2022. Details of how to apply can be found here.

Oxford David Jones Scholarship

History

The Scholarship is named after an alumnus who left a generous legacy to the College. The endowed scholarship will fully fund a student pursuing a postgraduate course in History at Jesus College for entry in 2022-23.

For further information consult this page.

We will consider all eligible applicants to Oxford for our college scholarships, regardless of whether or not you state Jesus College as your preferred college on your graduate application form. If we offer you the Oxford David Jones Scholarship we will also offer you a place at Jesus College, which will take the place of any earlier college offer you may have. There is no separate application for this studentship; you simply need to apply for your graduate course by the relevant January deadline.

Oxford-Bounden Graduate Scholarship

Open to applications from all graduates

The Oxford-Bounden Scholarship is open to one Home fee status candidate who has been accepted by the University to commence doctoral studies in 2022. It cover full University and College fees and a maintenance award for up to three years. There is no separate application for this scholarship, you will need to apply to the University of Oxford under the standard procedures for graduate degrees by the relevant January deadline. Further information can be viewed here.