The Salim and Umeeda Nathoo Bursary

Bursary Details

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 £11,000 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 be divided equally to two students, in which case each of them will be awarded £5,500 per year for the duration of their studies.

The aim of the Bursary is to help outstanding students, who can demonstrate strong leadership skills, passion and potential, to meet the cost of living and learning at the College. The Nathoo bursary is open to all students, who have been offered a place at St John's and whose family income is less than £80,000 per annum.

All students who are offered a place to study at St John’s College and their family income is below £80,000 per annum are eligible for the bursary. The first shortlisting of offer holders is based on their academic records and their performance at the admissions interview in December. The shortlisted candidates are then notified by the College and are invited to submit their application for the Nathoo bursary. The applications are reviewed and the strongest applicants are invited to attend an interview in London. The option of a Skype interview is offered to EU and International students.

The closing date for applications is usually in July. The shortlisted candidates are also notified by email.

For further enquiries about the Nathoo Bursary or the selection procedure, please contact the Scholarship Administrator.

The bursary is kindly donated by St John’s graduate Salim Nathoo and his wife Umeeda

“St John’s offers a world-class education and provides a great opportunity for students to learn, develop and excel,” Mr Nathoo said. “We very much hope that this bursary will attract future leaders in whatever field they choose to pursue.”


Anastasia Ershova, recipient of the Nathoo Bursary in 2015

 “Receiving the Nathoo Bursary has made my aspiration of studying Natural Sciences at St John’s come true – as well as all the great experiences that come with it! From dropping squash balls into liquid nitrogen in Materials Science practicals to kayaking on the river Cam, setting up a Rubik’s cube society and attending thought-provoking lectures delivered by Nobel prize winners, this year has been more eventful and exciting than I could have possibly dreamed of it being. I have learnt more things than ever before, and I am very grateful to St John’s and the Nathoo family for making this possible.”