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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.

Note that some awards are only applicable to certain subjects, whereas others are relevant to all students.

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Academic Prize for Collections

Open to applications from all undergraduates

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Academic Prize for Progress

Open to applications from all undergraduates

Tutors may recommend to Governing Body that a Progress Prize is awarded to a student who has made particularly good progress in their academic work over the year and in their Public Examinations. First-year undergraduates may also be recommended for such a prize at the end of Hilary term based on their work over their first two terms.

The value of the prize is set by Governing Body. The prize takes the form of books which must be approved by the student’s tutor prior to purchase.

Annual Fund Prize for Top Performance in First Public Examinations

Open to applications from all undergraduates

Summary of Purpose:

Owing to the generosity of Jesus alumni who have donated to the Annual Fund, the College is able to offer new prizes for outstanding performance at First Public Examinations.

Who is eligible?

There will be awards of up £1,000 each for students who are ranked first in their School for Mods or Prelims. Students ranks in the top three may also be eligible upon advice from their tutors regarding the ranking and size of School. A maximum of £2,000 in total will be available to be award in any one academic year.

You do not need to apply for this award; College will write to you if you are awarded this prize.

Bahram Dehqani-Tafti Memorial Prize

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

The Bahram Dehqani-Tafti Memorial Fund was set up in 1981 in memory of Bahram Dehqani-Tafti. The Fund provides money for the educational purposes of current students, including the Bahram Dehqani-Tafti Memorial Scholarship.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has produced meritorious work in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. It is awarded in recognition of progress and diligence as well as achievement.

The Tutors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics make a recommendation to the Governing Body during Trinity Term each year and, if approved, the Scholarship is then held from the following Michaelmas Term. The value of the Scholarship is determined by the Governing Body. The Governing Body also has the authority to remove a Bahram Dehqani-Tafti Memorial Scholarship from the person to whom it was awarded should they cease to be worthy of it.

Bleackley Prize for an Essay in German Language or Literature

Modern Languages

The Bleackley Prize Fund was set up using a donation from Mr Peter Bleackley, former Scholar of the College in memory of three of his contemporaries who predeceased him. They are J Maxwell Mitchell (1933), Alexander Ramsay (1932) and Martin Watkin (1932). The Prize is awarded annually for an essay on a subject in the field of German Language and Literature. The essay may be in German or English but may not be one which has previously been submitted as tutorial work. The subject must have prior approval from Professor Kohl, the Tutor in German, and should not exceed 5,000 words.

Who can enter?

All Jesus College undergraduates reading Modern Languages or a joint school including Modern Languages. The winner will normally be in their second year of study.

How many prizes are there?

There is usually one prize. If no entry is of sufficient merit, the judge will recommend that no prize is awarded.

How much is the Bleackley Prize worth?

The prize is worth up to £120 in books, at the discretion of the judge, Professor Kohl. The selection of books must be approved by either Professor Kohl or the Academic Director.

How do I enter?

Essays should be submitted in an envelope clearly labeled with the name of the prize to the Academic Director by Friday of 1st Week Trinity Full Term.

Dr Alexandra Lumbers
Academic Director

Bylaw 6.3 Award

Open to applications from all undergraduates

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.

D G Ritchie Prize in PPE

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

The Prize is awarded annually in Trinity Term, on the recommendation of the Tutors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). It is given to a student who has produced meritorious work in PPE with regard to progress and diligence as well as attainment.

The value of the Prize is determined by Governing Body and takes the form of books chosen by the prize-winner and approved by the Tutors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Davies Prize

Open to applications from all undergraduates

The Davies Fund was established using a gift from the Rev R A Davies. It is intended to reward academic merit.

The Prize is awarded annually in Trinity Term, following the publication of finals results. Subject Tutors make their recommendations to Governing Body, who decide which of the nominated undergraduate students has achieved the most outstanding performance in a Final Honours School.

The value of the Prize is determined by Governing Body and takes the form of books chosen by the prize-winner and approved by their subject Tutor.

Denis Stevens Prize in Music

Music

The Denis Stevens Prize Fund was set up using money provided by Daphne Stevens-Pascucci to establish a prize in memory of her father, Professor Denis Stevens CBE, former member of the College.

The Prize is awarded annually in Trinity Term on the recommendation of the Tutors in Music. The Prize shall be awarded for meritorious work in the history or analysis of Western music, excluding predominantly improvised repertories.

The value of the Prize is determined by Governing Body and takes the form of books chosen by the prize-winner and approved by a Tutor in Music.

Downs Prize

Biological Sciences, Chemistry

The Downs Prize Fund was established using money donated by former Chemistry students and colleagues of Professor A J Downs on the occasion of his retirement.

The Prize is awarded annually in Trinity Term, on the recommendation of the Chemistry Tutors. It is usually awarded to the undergraduate student who has achieved the most outstanding result in their third year examinations, but Tutors also consider the progress and diligence of students throughout their second and third years when making a recommendation.

The value of the Prize is determined by Governing Body and takes the form of a payment by bank transfer.