Clare College Cambridge

Current Awards and Grants

Thirkill Awards (undergraduates only)

Normally up to eight awards per year are awarded, worth between £200 and £300, depending on the number of awards.  Thirkill Awards are awarded on the recommendation of the Master and Tutors, to graduating students who have played a prominent part in the life of the college.  The awards are for travel and do not have to be academic related.

Hardship Funds (all Members)

`Hardship' is difficult to define in a precise way, but for the purposes of assessing eligibility for financial help it is taken to mean: 'being unable to meet the reasonable (in the College's view) costs of accommodation, maintenance, study, and living expenses, whilst having drawn fully on all normally available resources, and not having incurred any foreseeable unreasonable expenditure'.

If you wish to be considered for a College Hardship Grant, you should contact your Tutor in the first instance. Your Tutor may then give you a 'Hardship Application Form' and ask you to contact the Financial Tutor. The Financial Tutor will then meet with you to discuss your finances and may ask to see documentary evidence, such as bank statements or bills, in support of your case.

College Hardship Grants are normally made from the Atkinson Fund, established for the purpose by Edward Atkinson, who was Master of Clare for nearly sixty years.  Larger bursaries may be provided from the Heseldin Fund or from the Duveen Fund, given to the College by the Dorothy Burns Charity.

If you are a graduate, your tutor may advise you to apply for the Student Registry scheme of Hardship Awards (which includes the Lundgren Research Awards). This scheme aims to support students who have shown a high aptitude for research but are experiencing financial hardship as a result of unexpected changes in their financial circumstances. The awards are intended to support those students who would otherwise be unable to complete their research. Further information here.

Undergraduate Bursaries

The College is able to offer a number of Bursaries. These are awarded to students from lower income families, normally for the duration of their undergraduate degree. Usually these College Bursaries are held in conjunction with a Cambridge Bursary. (The Cambridge Bursary Scheme is administered on behalf of the University and Colleges by the Newton Trust.) Information about how to apply on-line for both a College and a Cambridge Bursary is given to all UK freshers upon arrival.

Access to Learning Funds (all Members)

These funds are available to 'Home' students through the University to help those who would not be able to complete their studies in Cambridge without additional financial resources. Help through Access Funds tends to concentrate on mature students, disabled students, and students with children. The Awards Committee insist that all applicants have taken out the maximum student loans and awards available to them. They also assume that the student has a certain amount available to them from other sources.

Undergraduate Travel and Research Grant

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and benefactors, the College is able to make a Travel and Research Grant available to all undergraduates who are registered, full-time members of Clare College, and who are enrolled on a course of at least three years’ duration. Each student who fulfils these criteria is allocated £300 at the beginning of his or her degree and may use it for travel that either relates to that student’s course of study, or which might be regarded as generally beneficial to them. The £300 may be used to fund one trip, or else a series of smaller trips. Application forms are available here and should be submitted to the Tutorial Office.

Undergraduate Book Grant

The College has a Book Grant system open to all undergraduates who are registered, full-time members of Clare College, and who are enrolled on a course of at least three years’ duration. Each student who fulfils these criteria AND completes the annual Student Assessment Questionnaire is eligible to receive a £50 credit on their College bill. The questionnaire is available on-line from late February and must be completed by March. Full information, followed by reminders, is sent out by the Tutorial Office in February each year. The questionnaire must be completed within the period designated by the Tutorial Office in order for the book grant to be awarded. Students who fail to complete and submit the questionnaire by the due date are not eligible for an award.

Graduate Research and Expenses Grant

Up to £400 (over the three-year period) is available to help PhD students attend conferences and travel in relation to their research. Up to £150 is available to students on a one-year M. Phil course.  A letter from your supervisor and receipts or proof of costs must support the application.

The student's Department is expected to contribute on a similar or greater scale (if not, the supervisor should explain why in his/her letter) you are also expected to have sought funding from your Grant Giving Body. The activity must be closely linked to your research activities. If the application contains anything unusual, it is usually necessary to discuss it with the Graduate Tutor to avoid it being rejected out of hand by the arbitrating panel.  Application form available here.

Graduate student Book Grant

Each year you may claim a partial refund of money spent on books, or on computer software or audio-visual source material. To be eligible for a refund, such purchases must be directly relevant to your course. The current scale of refund per academic year - credited against your College Bill - is: £50 on purchases amounting to between £65 and £90; £70 on purchases amounting to more than £90, and about 50% of any purchase over £40.  Do please hang on to any receipts for books or learning materials you may have purchased. Application form here.

Gordon Dickson Sports Award (all Members)

Members of the College are eligible to apply for assistance towards the cost of playing sport for the University.  Application available here.

Graduate Studentships and Fellowships

From time to time the College advertises special Graduate Studentships and Fellowships for open competition. This information can be found here

Prizes (all Members sitting University exams or being awarded a University Prize)

Any student gaining a First in their examinations will receive £100, either as a College Prize or as a Named Prize.

Eric Lane Travel Awards (all Members)

The Award and grants are for undergraduate or postgraduate students of the College for a project, piece of research or course of study to be undertaken in the long vacation 2016 or the subsequent Christmas (2016-17) and Easter (2017) vacations. Projects for the year following graduation in June 2017 will also be considered.

In the terms of the gift by Mr. Eric Lane, a qualifying project must have relevance to the advancement of peace or social harmony.  Further details will be released to students in February 2017 but if you require further information then do contact the Tutorial Office.

Clare-Yale Fellowship Fund (all members)

The Clare–Yale Fellowship Fund was established in 2007 as part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of Paul Mellon’s birth and the 75th anniversary of the Mellon Fellowships between Clare and Yale. The Fund was made possible by donations from former Mellon Fellows. Its purpose is to complement the Mellon Fellowships and strengthen the ties between Clare and Yale by providing partial support to students from Clare wishing to undertake a period of study at Yale. The College proposes to make one or two awards of £2000 each, for travel or study commencing in 2017.  For Further detailed information please click here.

Kirke-Greene African Travel Fund (all members)

Travel funds are available to Clare students who wish to pursue research in sub-Saharan Africa as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.  The award is open to those studying History, Social & Political Science, International Relations and Anthropology.  Further details can be found here.

Language Centre Courses (all Members)

Financial support is available to students taking Language Centre courses not paid for by their Faculty or Department. Half the cost of the course will be reimbursed when the appropriate certificate of completion in May/June is submitted to the Bursary.

Teach First (all Members)

Some awards are available for students accepted onto the Teach First scheme. Contact the Financial Tutor, Dr Parker, for more information.

Cycle Helmet/Lights Subsidies (all Members)

In order to encourage the use of cycle helmets and lights, the College has a subsidy scheme and allows £20 towards the cost of a helmet and £10 towards the cost of lights (receipts must state that it is for lights and/or helmets). To claim for either, or both of these, you must submit a receipt to the Bursary within 2 months of your purchase. There will only be one grant per student, except in the case of an accident that results in the need for a replacement helmet and/or lights.

Undergraduate Summer Placements

Clare College has three prestigious summer placement schemes at leading international institutions for undergraduate students interested in medical, veterinary and scientific research. These schemes are listed here in the order in which they were founded. Further information on each scheme, along with details of the application process are available here.

Support for students with a disability (all Members)

The University Disability Resource Centre gives disabled students every assistance to obtain funding.  Further detailed information can be found here.