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

The aim of the Bursary is to help an outstanding student, who has been offered a place at St John’s College, to meet the cost of living and learning at the College. The Nathoo bursary is open to both Home/EU and International students, whose family income is less than £80,000 per annum.

All students who are offered a place to study at St John’s College 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.

Please note that the closing date for applications is Tuesday 1st August 2017. The interviews will take place in London on Thursday 31st August. The option of a Skype interview will be offered to EU and International students.

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The bursary is kindly being 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.”