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Grants, Awards & Prizes

Prize competitions throughout the year include the prestigious Master’s Prize, the Emmanuel Miller Prize in the Philosophy of Science, the Constable Essay Prize on a topic within the Physical Sciences, the Mansergh Prize in History as well as the Douglas Adams Prize for Humourous Writing. In addition there are various Prizes for Photography, Art and Applied Arts.

The College aims at developing each single student’s ability to realise his or her full potential and we hope you will be inspired to take active part in our tradition of academic excellence in St John’s College.

A full, searchable list of grants, awards and prizes can be found below.

Academic Awards - Admission of Scholars

Scholarships and Prizes awarded for Academic Excellence.

As a world-class academic institution St John’s College is committed to offer its members an environment which allows them to achieve the highest academic standards. We take pride in academic excellence and we are committed to reward outstanding academic achievements...

access to learning

The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) is provided by government to enable Higher Education institutions to offer discretionary financial assistance to students on low incomes or to other vulnerable students who may need extra financial support in order to access and remain in Higher Education.

Further details, including eligibility criteria...

rugby

Grants are available from the Beard Fund for students who are members of University Sports Clubs. These grants, of up to £50 per year, are intended to assist with the cost of subscriptions to University Sports Clubs.

Full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, are available in the Student Handbook on this website.

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The Bell, Abbott and Barnes Funds help students in unforeseen financial difficulty. The funds provide short term grants to assist students while longer term plans are put in place. Further information, including eligibility criteria, is available at the link below.

Students should not hesitate to contact their...

Heliconius butterfly

St John’s College will present a one-off award of £8000 to a first year undergraduate student coming to study Natural Sciences (Biological) at the College in October 2014.

The award will be presented at the beginning of the student’s first term in Cambridge and will be selected on the basis...

College Organ

This bi-annual competition for organ playing is open to all Junior Members of the University. Entrants are required to play two pieces of organ music, selected prior to each competition by the Adjudicators, on the St John’s College Organ.

Brian Runnett was born in Tyldesley, Lancashire in 1935. From 1950 to 1955 he was a Lancashire County...

The Brian Runnett Prize for organ playing is open to all Junior Members of the University, and the competition will take place on Thursday 26 February 2015 in St John’s College Chapel.  

Brian Runnett was born in Tyldesley, Lancashire in 1935, and he was a Lancashire County...

Students may be eligible for the Cambridge Bursary Scheme, which is an annual bursary of up to £3,500 per year. For more information, please see the link below.

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Grants will be made to Junior Members to meet half the cost of nursery or other appropriate forms of care for their children. In cases of severe need, larger grants may be possible. The choice of nursery or arrangements is a matter for the Junior Member concerned. College Members can download the attached application form.

The College...

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Through a donation the College has received modest funds to assist with cases of hardship.

Current students should book an appointment to see their Tutor if they wish to apply for a grant, or need to...

Art, Applied Arts and Photography

The competition is open to all Junior Members of the College and entries are normally accepted at the beginning of the Easter Term; more information is sent to Junior...

Galaxy M106, Image: NASA/ESA et al

An essay prize for works of scholarship or the results of any research that candidates have undertaken on a topic within the physical sciences.

Information is now available, please see the attached document.

dissertation expenses

Grants equal to one half of the cost actually incurred in typing an Undergraduate dissertation or a dissertation for the MPhil degree will normally be met by the College. Help towards the cost of preparing PhD dissertations can usually be obtained (...

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Douglas Adams was a student of St John’s from 1971 to 1974, taking a BA in English. He is best known for writing The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.  He died in 2001 and the Douglas Adams Prize has been set up by his friends and colleagues in his memory.

Candidates are...

The Thinker, Rodin, 1902

By a bequest under the Will of Dr Emanuel Miller, St John's College received a sum of money for the establishment of a prize in the Philosophy of Science with special reference to the behavioural sciences (psychology and social science).

The prize of £300 will be awarded to the writer of the best essay, not exceeding 10,000 words, on a...

The Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature is to encourage a project of creative writing by making it possible for the holder to engage in relevant, project-related travel and study. The Studentship is intended to encourage creative writers in the earlier stage of their careers. Applications are usually accepted in February,...

The Foundress, Lady Margaret Beaufort

A prize will be awarded for the best short dissertation or essay, not more than 10,000 words in length, on a subject in English History.

The competition is open to members of the College who are Undergraduates in their third term of residence when the competition is advertised, usually in June. The deadline for submissions is usually at...

Applications are invited for the newly-launched St John’s College Innovation Internships, open to all current Undergraduate and Master’s students in the College with appropriate qualifications.

Two internships are available.  They will...

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The University of Cambridge has recently established a new fund for international disabled students: The International Disabled Students' Fund (IDS Fund).

Eligible offer holders and students of the University of Cambridge will be able to apply to the fund for support in meeting the costs of academic-related disability support. More...

For many people, going to university is about more than getting a degree; it inspires them to pursue new avenues of intellectual enquiry and ignites a passion for subjects which they had never thought about studying before. The John Crook Scholarship offers students the opportunity to take this further by studying for a second, two-year degree...

These Fellowships offer interesting opportunities for graduate study in the USA at Harvard University or MIT.

Further information can be found on the following websites: www.kennedytrust.org.uk and...

The Master with the Larmor Award winners 2015

Each year at St John’s, students who excel academically and contribute to the life of the College, can be nominated for the prestigious Larmor Awards, which are presented on the morning of General Admission, or “Degree Day”.

The Awards, presented by the...

Learning and Research Fund

The Learning and Research Fund (L&RF) is available to help both undergraduates and graduate students towards half the costs of the purchase of approved course related books, periodicals, software, hardware, equipment, teaching aid and towards the full costs of approved course related or research related activities such as conferences,...

The Louis Singer Scholarship is a scholarship for US undergraduates, who have the American nationality. The scholarship will cover, either fully or partially, the tuition fees and/or maintenance costs for the duration of undergraduate studies in Cambridge. The award will be made on the basis of academic excellence but financial...

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Two prizes of £150 will be awarded for the best short dissertation or essay, not more than 10,000 words in length, on a subject in History. There is no restriction as to the country or period of study to which the dissertation or essay shall relate.

The competition is open to members of the College who are, at the time of the prize's...

law books

A candidate must be a member of the College who bona fide intends to prepare for practice in the profession of the law, and intends to commence a course for the Bar or Law Society final examinations or for the Common Professional Examination.  A member of the College who has been placed in the first or upper second class (or is...

£5,000 to kick-start your career at St John's

It doesn't matter where you went to school or what your circumstances are; if you've got what it takes to make the most of everything that life at St John's has to offer, then we want you.

So, for the academic year 2016-'17, every UK student who is offered a...

maths blackboard

Each year St John’s College awards the Pythagoras Prize to a first year home undergraduate student coming to study Mathematics at the College.

The prize of £9000 is awarded as a one-off prize at the beginning of the student’s first term in Cambridge.

The award is...

saxophone

One or more Reinstein Prizes of £500 will be awarded to members of the College who are outstanding jazz musicians.

The prize is open to members of the College who are undergraduate (including affiliated students) or graduate students when the prize is announced, usually in March. The deadline for applications is usually in April, with...

St John’s College is proud to reward outstanding academic achievements through Scholarships and Prizes. We are delighted to include the list of awards made following the recent examinations.

Scholarships have played a central role in the history and the traditions of the College. The name of the Scholarship/Prize is usually the name of...

The Singapore Academic Award has been recently introduced thanks to the generosity of three Johnians, who have donated the money for the award. It is a one-off prize of $20,000 Singaporean Dollars and the successful student will receive the money in the week before the admission to the College.

All Singaporean...

From 2016, students whose household income is less than £25,000 will receive additional financial support from St John's, designed to help with their living costs while at Cambridge. Studentships are automatically offered to all home and EU undergraduates at the College who fall into this eligibility threshold; there is no need to apply (see...

This is the first year that this new scheme of Summer Bursaries is being launched by the College. The aim of the scheme is to help undergraduate students to pursue educational interests or career development opportunities, for a period of up to 8 weeks, during the...

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If you're interested in teaching, and make a successful application to the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (TFLDP), you could be eligible for a bursary of £1000 from the College; up to 2 bursaries will be awarded.

After applying...

Awards to students, undergraduate or graduate of either gender are made on the basis of potential established financial need.

Applications should address the following criteria, which are those that the Trustees will use to judge suitability for an award: 

  • Applications must be supported by an appropriate senior member of...
master chris dobson

Up to three prizes of £300 (for 2011/12) are awarded for writings, on any subject, in prose or in verse, published or unpublished.

The award is open to all members of the College who are Undergraduates (including affiliated students) when the prizes are advertised, usually in November.

Candidates may submit either writings on a...

The Salim and Umeeda Nathoo Bursary has been set up to support Home, EU and International undergraduate students at St John’s College. An annual award of £10,000 will be awarded to one first-year undergraduate student for the duration of his/her studies, whether 3 or 4 years. The amount may also divided equally to...

thesis binding

Graduate students can apply to the Board of Graduate Studies' General Fund in cases of financial hardship, towards the costs of printing and binding thesis for the PhD, MSc and MLitt degrees.

The application...

Photo by Aurora Horwood, 2012

Every year, applications are invited for the following Travel Exhibitions and Grants for the promotion of travel during the Long Vacation. As part of the online application you will submit a description of the proposed travel, about one side of A4. Tutors will be glad to advise their students about their applications. Successful applicants will...

flowers

This fund is available to help junior members in financial hardship. Assistance may be either by way of grant or (interest-free) loan.

If you are a current student, your Tutor will be able to advise...

Photo by B Borcsok, 2012

A number of grants from College funds are available to support undergraduate academic research projects or academic Summer Schools related to their courses, to be undertaken in the...

2013 Winner: Ephraim Levinson and the Master

**Please note that with apologies the Wilkinson Essay Prize Competition will not run in 2014. Information below explains how the scheme has run in previous years and further information will be posted next year should the competition resume.**

What is the Wilkinson Essay Prize?

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