Financial support for graduates

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

Information on sources of financial support available to graduate students can be found on the University Fees and Funding page.

Grants, prizes and scholarships for current graduate students

North Senior & Beeston Scholarships

The College proposes to elect two North Senior Scholars from among its current graduate students. Applicants must be currently registered for a research degree. The Scholarships are open to candidates in all subjects. A successful candidate in the field of Middle Eastern Studies would be awarded the title Beeston Scholar. The basis for the award will be excellence in research.

Scholars will have the right to dine at High Table once a week (subject to availability due to the pandemic) in Full Term, and will receive an emolument of £1,000 per year.

The Scholarships are tenable during the period of fee-paying study up to a maximum of two years.

Application details will be posted in 2022.   

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 course 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.

St John’s College is committed to equal opportunities.

Academic Grants
Graduate 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 Grant Application Form. 

Hardship Grants (University)
These grants are for students who experience financial hardship as a result of unforeseen circumstances. Download the University Hardship Fund application form and Guidance Notes.

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 help towards travel and subsistence for purposes of an academic nature of direct relevance to the student's course. Notes of guidance can be seen here
Applications should be made online at https://forms.office.com/r/XNXSgvPs2Z 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.

D.Phil Thesis Binding Grants
The College will pay towards the costs of binding two copies of a D.Phil Thesis. One of the copies must be for submission to the Bodleian Library. Up to £50 maximum per copy may be claimed back from the College (£100 in total).
The Thesis Binding application form must be submitted, together with receipts, to the College's Accounts Office. All claims must be made within 3 months of being granted leave to supplicate for your D.Phil.

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 organizations, 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 Scholarship 
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.

Sir Royston Goode Prize for BCL or MJur
The Sir Royston Goode Prize for the BCL or MJur is awarded owing to the generosity of Sir Royston Goode C.B.E., Q.C., M.A., (L.L.B., L.L.D., Lond.), F.B.A., formerly Norton Rose Professor of English Law, and Emeritus Fellow of the College. A sum of £1000 is awarded annually to the St John’s graduate student who, in the opinion of the College Law Tutors, has achieved the best marks at the level of distinction for the BCL or MJur degrees.