Grants, prizes & scholarships

St John's provides financial support for both graduates and undergraduates through grants, scholarships and prizes.

Graduate funding

There is comprehensive information on financial support and grants available for current graduate students under Financial support for graduates. Information for prospective graduate students is available on the Graduate finance page. 

Undergraduate funding

For information on course fees and the funding available to undergraduates see

Major funding

The Ioan & Rosemary James Undergraduate Scholarship (for 2021)
At St John’s the Ioan and Rosemary James Scholarship supports international undergraduates in financial need. The scholarship may cover University and College fees, a living cost grant and one return economy class flight per year. The award(s) may be partial or whole depending on the assessed financial status of the applicant(s).

All applicants must apply to the University and be offered a place for undergraduate study before their application can be considered. Priority will be given to offer-holders in Mathematics and joint courses with Mathematics before awards are considered in other subjects. Offer-holders in all subjects are eligible to apply but only if they also apply for REACH Oxford Scholarships and they satisfy the nationality requirements and subject requirements. To apply, follow the guidelines and fill in the REACH Oxford Scholarships application form and the Ioan and Rosemary James Undergraduate Scholarships application form by 12 noon GMT on 10 February 2021.

The College reserves the right to award a Scholarship to a candidate who holds an offer from another college, although preference will be given to St John’s offer holders in the first instance.

Oxford Bursaries
Oxford Bursaries are available for Home students from lower income households. Eligible students can receive between £200 and £4500 each year of their course depending on when they started their course and their household income.  If you are entitled to an award you will be sent a notification letter by Student Funding Services.

Crankstart Scholarships
Home students from the lowest household income brackets will be offered a Crankstart Scholarships which provides financial support as well as additional opportunities including access to funded internships and social activities. There is no need to apply and selected new first-year students will be offered a Scholarship from mid-September each year.

Access to Learning Fund (includes PGCE & 2BM)
Financial assistance is available for Home students who face difficulty in meeting their living costs. It cannot be used to help meet tuition fees. Students will be assumed to be in receipt of their maximum student loan entitlement. To find out more, please visit the Access to Learning Fund page.

Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust Bursaries
For UK undergraduates who are closely related to a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer. Full eligibility details and application forms are available on the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust website. 

Smaller grants and prizes

Academic Grants
Undergraduate students of the College are entitled to apply for help towards the purchase of approved books and materials of an academic nature. The grant may be used to pay for: the purchase of portable or hand-held computing devices, monitors, desktop computers, computer software or peripherals; the cost of memory/hard-disk up-grades or computer repairs; personal printers and USB ethernet adapters for better connectivity in student rooms; tickets for performances or exhibitions directly related to a student's course of study. The College will not reimburse the costs of travel, phone or data services, printer ink or paper, maintenance or insurance contracts for items purchased. Other items will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students may claim during 8th week of each term and grants will be made via cheque or bank transfer. Download the Academic Grants application form.

Vacation Residence and Grants
Undergraduate students wishing to remain in residence after the end of term, or return before the beginning of term, or to stay in College during part of a vacation, may apply for vacation residence.

In addition to vacation residence, Undergraduate students may apply on the same application form for up to 21 days vacation grant (1 October – 30 September) towards the cost of remaining in residence outside of term time. This grant is only awarded for residence for academic purposes.  It is not available for non-academic events or to support overseas students who do not return home during the vacations. Unused days from a year may be carried forward until the end of Trinity full term of the last year of your course.

The College may, at its discretion, make grants to undergraduates for the purpose of examinations, vacation study or some College events such as helping at Open Days. These grants are at the daily rate for a Grade A+ room. Applications for Vacation Grants must be approved by a Tutor - or for a College event on the recommendation of the appropriate College Officer.

After the vacation you must fill in a Vacation Grant Declaration Form.

Hardship Grants (University)
These grants are for students who experience financial hardship as a result of unforeseen circumstances. Please visit the University's Hardship page for further information.

Hardship Grants (College)
These grants are for financial hardship as a result of unforeseen circumstances. Download a College Hardship Grant application form, to be submitted to the Senior Dean at any time. Students who are concerned about financial hardship may wish to discuss their circumstances with the Senior Dean before submitting a form.

Special Grants
For special academic purposes such as travel to undertake research in archives, in support of work directly relevant to your course, e.g. field trips/compulsory activities, attendance at meetings, summer schools, conferences, for academic project work to be carried out in Oxford, travel to undertake voluntary work.

Notes of guidance can be seen here
Applications should be made online at if you are applying for a grant towards the cost of accommodation in College during a vacation and at if you are applying for a grant towards the cost of travel. 

Applications must be made by noon on Thursday of Week 5 in Michaelmas Term and noon on Thursdays of Weeks 0 and 5 in Hilary and Trinity Terms.

Blues Squad Grants
The College pays grants of up to £250 per year to cover the costs incurred by students through membership of university representative team squads. Claims are made on a Blues Grant application form which after completion should be accompanied by receipts, countersigned by an official of the relevant university sports club, and submitted to the Sports Officer.

Mapleton-Bree Prize for work in the Creative Arts
The College will offer a prize of up to £300, which may be shared if deemed appropriate by the judges, for original work in any branch of creative art (drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry, music, photography, etc.).  If there is no entry of adequate standard there will be no award.
All junior members, whether graduates or undergraduates, may compete and the entries will be judged by a Committee consisting of both junior members and senior members of the College. Competitors should send in one example of work done during the previous twelve months. Entries are considered in Trinity Term each year and should be sent to the President's PA not later than the end of the third week of Trinity Term.

Alister Sutherland Award
This award is for a journey in the high mountains. Applications are invited for this award which has been instituted as a result of a generous gift from Dr Gillian Sutherland in memory of Alister Sutherland, distinguished economist, who read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St John's. The award, up to £350, will be made annually to an undergraduate or graduate member of St John's who presents the most imaginative and best planned proposal for a journey in the high mountains, preferably (but not necessarily) in mountainous regions where the summits exceed 3000 metres in height. The purpose is to encourage the discovery and the enjoyment of the high mountains.
Applications are considered in Hilary Term each year and should be sent to the President's PA not later than the end of the third week of Hilary Term.

Hans Michael Caspari UN Travel Grant
This grant is for studies in the field of International Relations. It was established through the generous gift of the late Professor Sir Fritz Caspari and his wife, in memory of their eldest son Hans Michael, who like his father and brother, attended St John's. The award, of up to £700, will be made annually to an undergraduate or graduate member of St John's to assist them to travel to Bonn, New York, Geneva, Vienna or one of the other seats of the UN or more generally to the seats of other international organisations, in order to further their study of International Relations.
Applications, in the form of a letter of no more than two pages with a separate CV and marks if available, should be sent to the College Office by Friday of 1st Week of Hilary Term and will be awarded in time for travel during the Easter or Long Vacations.

Burke Knapp Travel Grant
This scholarship is for students in pursuit of development issues in the Third World/Emerging Economies. Applications are invited for this travel fund, which has been established through the generous gift of the late Mr Joseph Burke Knapp, Honorary Fellow of St John's College. The award, of up to £500, will be made annually to an undergraduate or graduate member of St John's to cover travel and related expenses in pursuit of development issues in the Third World/Emerging Economies. Applications should be made to the College Office by Friday of 1st Week of Hilary Term and will be awarded in time for travel during the Easter or Long Vacations.


Choral Scholarships
Each year, up to eight Choral Scholars are elected after auditions in Hilary term.  Choral awards are open to women and men who are matriculated members of St John’s reading any subject, both graduates and undergraduates, who are able to demonstrate musical excellence and willingness to play a responsible role in the choir, both in terms of administration and encouragement of others.

Choral scholars are expected to have good sight-reading, the ability to lead their section and competence to sing solos when required.  The responsibilities include attendance at all services sung by the choir and the preceding rehearsals (a commitment of around six hours per week) and charge of the chapel music library.

In return, the college offers an award of £300 per annum, plus up to £360 per annum for singing lessons to its choral scholars, plus a modest fee per service, in addition to the opportunity to sing at notable college feasts, to tour and to give concerts with the choir.