College Support

Apply for funds via Student Forms.

This page contains details of financial support for Downing students. This can include funds to support your studies, such as reimbursement for books or travel, as well as funds to help you in times of unexpected financial difficulty and hardship. Your Tutor will be able to assist you with your application for the following funds.

Details of College applications you can make

COLLEGE APPLICATION 

 

INFORMATION APPLICATION PROCESS
Course materials reimbursement: BOOKS The maximum amount awarded in total as a contribution towards your Course Materials (Books, Music or Other) is normally £300 per registered course. Please note, students who have course changes formally approved by the College's Education Committee are entitled to a further £300 to purchase books and materials for their new course of study.

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Course materials reimbursement: MUSIC LESSONS

To assist undergraduates reading Music, College will make a contribution of up to £420 (Year 1), £500 (Year 2) or £700 (Year 3) towards the cost of vocal or instrumental tuition if taking the recital option as part of the Music Tripos.

Apply via Student Forms.
Course materials reimbursement: OTHER The maximum amount awarded in total as a contribution towards your Course Materials (Books, Music or Other) is normally £300 per registered course. Please note, students who have course changes formally approved by the College's Education Committee are entitled to a further £300 to purchase books and materials for their new course of study. Apply via Student Forms.
Help with unexpected financial difficulties (previously known as hardship funds) Applications can be made at any time in the academic year. The Maximum amount awarded is normally no more than £500 per term. Apply via Student Forms.
Language course reimbursement

Applications are considered when a student has enrolled and paid for a course on the Cambridge University Language Programme (CULP), or via another agreed route.  Please note that applications can be considered for up to half the cost of any agreed course but will need to be repaid if the course is not completed or the course is not passed. 

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Travel expenses reimbursement

 

*Undergraduates: see table below

 

**Postgraduates: see table below

Grants from the University are sometimes available on application to relevant University Departments or Faculties to help with the cost of certain courses or field-work organised by Departments and Faculties, or with travel abroad which is deemed necessary for the particular University course being followed.  Please consult the list of approved vacation courses, which is also known as the 'Pink List', to first determine if you are eligible to apply for funding from your Department or Faculty.  Courses appearing on this list are not eligible for support from the College.

Apply via Student Forms.

 

Applications open all year

 

*Undergraduate applications submitted to College are divided into three categories: 

A: Academic; B: Academically related; and C: Non-academic. 

Please note, category B applications may be upgraded to the category A rate should the Vacation Study or Travel Grant make up less than a quarter of the projected total costs.  This only applies if no other external funding is obtained.  Category A grants awarded may be increased at the Senior Tutor's discretion.

 

**Postgraduate applications submitted are allocated according to the table below.

 

*Travel expenses reimbursement for Undergraduates

CATEGORY

 

A B C
Europe £450 £300 £0
Outside Europe £750 £600 £0

**Travel expenses reimbursement for Postgraduates per course of study

COURSE

 

NON-EUROPE EUROPE UK MAXIMUM
Clinical Medicine or Veterinary Studies £600 £500 £300 £600
MPhil £300 £200 £200 £300
PhD £700 £500 £300 £700

 

Other College funds

Name and purpose

 

Eligibility and typical amount awarded Application information

John Butterfield Harvard Award

Harvard University

[Summer School Course, Visiting Student Programme, Masters' or Doctor's Programme, or any other appropriate academic course qualifies]

Current undergraduate or postgraduate

 

At least one award of up to a maximum of £5,000

£4,290*

Apply by 6 April 2020

Award information

Apply online

John Maples America Fund

United States of America

[Travel and maintenance costs of a summer placement, internship, or other vacation study project in the US in the broad area of business, law, politics or international relations]

Current undergraduate, postgraduate or just graduated

 

At least one Scholarship of up to a maximum of £2,000

£2,000*

Apply by 6 April 2020

Award information

Apply online

Oon Khye Beng Ch'hia Tsio Grants

[Small project grants to assist research in any aspect of Preventive Medicine]

Current undergraduate or postgraduate

Apply by 16 April 2020

Award information

Apply online

 

Other College funding by Course not subject to application

Subject and fund name

 

Information

 

Typical amount awarded

Application process

ECONOMICS

Ivor Evans Fund

To assist undergraduates reading Economics from certain maintained schools in West Wales Criteria is widened to all subjects and the whole of Wales if no eligible undergraduates in the above category

Up to £1200 per annum is distributed equally between qualifying students No Application Form - Awarded automatically in the Michaelmas Term

ENGLISH

Denham Fund

To assist undergraduates reading English with a contribution towards the purchase of academic books relevant to the course

Year 1 [ELP1] - Amount per student to be confirmed

Year 2 [ELT1] - Amount per student to be confirmed

Year 3 [ELT2] - Amount per student to be confirmed

No Application Form - Each student coming into residence in the Michaelmas Term will be considered to receive the amount specified in a specific year