Jin Cui, Environmental Change and Management 2016, Yungtai Hsu Scholar
The Scholarship is generously supported by Yungtai Hsu (Modern History, 1971)
'My goal is to research effective toolkits on shaping smart, informed, and resilient communities, through in-depth understanding of environmental change and responsible governance, coupled with the power of digital technology. I am truly enjoying my time at St John's for its beautiful, safe, and enabling environment. I am grateful to have been able to receive a scholarship from one of our alumni; this will always remind me to give back to those who carry with them big dreams in the future.'
Rose Hodgson, DPhil Clinical Medicine 2016, 450th Anniversary Fund Scholar
The Scholarship is generously supported by St John's alumni who contributed to the 450th Anniversary Fund
'My DPhil involves researching the genetic basis of immunodeficiency in the Cornall Lab, based at the Old Road Campus. In particular, I will be investigating the stages of early lymphocyte development and the induction and maintenance of B cell anergy. As a member of St John's College, I have really enjoyed becoming part of the MCR and have made firm friends through this. It is an honour to be able to contribute to such a thriving academic environment. I already feel a strong connection to St John's and its community and know how I am lucky to be a part of it.'
Edward Love, DPhil Oriental Studies 2016, Nicholas Bratt Scholar
The Scholarship is generously supported by Nicholas Bratt (PPE, 1967)
'My research involves studying the Egyptian corpus of 'Letters to Gods', complemented by the practice of 'Magical Texts', in which individuals were able to interact directly with deities in order to bring about tangible changes to their lived experience. I believe this can provide fresh insights into the conceptions of, and interaction with, the divine in the minds of ancient Egyptians from Egypt's Late Period (circa seventh century BCE) to the 'end' of Egyptian culture in the Roman Period (circa third century CE). I feel very grateful for the funding I have been awarded, and particularly as it is a result of the generosity of an alumnus of St John's, someone who has lived the same rewarding experience that I have. I feel not only an immense sense of gratitude to my College, University, and to the predominant benefactor of my scholarship for facilitating this transition to DPhil, but also a sense of responsibility to contribute to the diverse environment that makes up St John's; an environment that I am sure my benefactor, like myself, continues to treasure.'
The Alumni Fund
The Alumni Fund is a critical source of funding which provides flexible support for St John’s students. In addition to scholarships and bursaries, the Alumni Fund can help students with unforeseen hardship, offer grants for supplementary academic study and help in many other ways that students find they need.
Evelyn Collins, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History 2014
'I have been really lucky to benefit from a number of grants awarded by College, which have enabled me to carry out and enrich my studies. In the summer of 2015, I flew to Rome with two other Oxford CAAHists. Much of our trip was taken up exploring the major ancient sites: the obligatory visit to the Colosseum, the fora, the Ara Pacis. We were also able to visit Augustus' Mausoleam, the Theatre of Marcellus, and the Circus Maximus. As well as these major and world-famous sites, we also visited a number of more niche sites, such as the last remaining fragment of an insula (apartment block) in ancient Rome and an arch of Domitian's circus under the Piazza Navona. It was wonderful to be able to explore these lesser-known, but nonetheless fascinating sites. These trips have, without doubt, benefitted my studies and I could not have experienced them without the Special Grant. They have added a richness to my understanding which cannot be gleaned solely from books. I would like to thank the generous alumni who donated and allowed me to expand my classical horizons in ways that I would not otherwise have been able to do.'
Jessica Prince, Medicine 2014
'I have benefitted enormously from the Special Grant enabling me to undertake two internships, both of which focused on looking at the cell cycle, as I find this and its link with cancer development particularly interesting. In my first year I was able to undertake an internship at the Gurdon Institute at Cambridge University, which specialises in cellular and molecular medicine. There I researched the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint in mitosis, looking at the role of a protein, RNF8. These checkpoints, when defective, have been linked to cancer. I am hoping to be able to work abroad after my studies, so I was excited to be able to intern at Konstanz University in Germany, in the summer of 2016, where I studied the Go phase of the cell cycle, and in particular ciliogenesis that, when disrupted, has been linked to a number of diseases. These were both very insightful experiences, which I could not have afforded without support available at St John's. I would like to thank anyone who has donated; these funds have given me some incredible opportunities, which I'm sure have played a role in shaping my future.'