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Summer Bursaries

Bursary Details

We are very pleased to invite all eligible undergraduates to enter the competition for the 2018 Summer Bursaries.

The aim of the Summer Bursaries competition is to enable eligible students to pursue educational interests or career development opportunities, for a period of up to 8 weeks during the Long Vacation 2018. 



You are invited to apply to the Summer Bursary competition if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are an undergraduate student at St John’s (MVST students are only eligible during the first three years of their course);
  • Your fee status is either Home or EU;
  • Your household income is below £66,444;
  • You are returning to St John's in the 2018-19 academic year to continue your undergraduate studies or to pursue a postgraduate degree *; and
  • You are planning to spend a significant part of the summer engaged in an academic, educational or career development activity.


* Applications from students who intend to progress into the fourth year of their degree programme but do not yet know if they will be accepted into the fourth year will be assessed on a discretionary basis. We may seek feedback from their Directors of Studies and we may decide to award the Summer Bursary on condition that a student is subsequently accepted for the fourth year of the degree programme. Each application that falls into this category will be reviewed independently and it will be on the discretion of the College to add a condition or not.


Example activities

The funded activities may involve research projects, summer courses at other Institutions, exploring new academic and educational interests, unpaid work experience and internships. This list is not exclusive and any activity which would clearly add value to your career and personal development could be considered.

Your application will be considered and assessed on an individual basis if you are undertaking a paid internship or have other sources of funding from the College or an external organisation.

Additional Information

Additional Information

For successful applicants, the amount of the bursary awarded will depend on their household income as well as the duration of their planned activity, with a maximum of £2,070 for 8 weeks.

Successful applicants, whose household income is below £42,620, will be awarded the full amount, which is £259 per week. If the household income of successful applicants is above this threshold, a partial bursary will be awarded.

Conditions of the award

All recipients of Summer Bursaries will be required to:

(a) Submit to the Director of Education & Senior Tutor a report on their Summer Bursary project by the first day of Michaelmas Term 2018; and

(b) Make a presentation on the outcome of their Summer Bursary project to stakeholders of the College if asked to do so by the Director of Education & Senior Tutor.


The deadline for applications is Monday, 21st May 2018. The application form is attached at the bottom of this webpage. Applicants should either submit their application electronically to Student Services or leave a copy to the Student Services' pigeonhole. Please make sure that you also send a copy of your application to your referee for their comments. Your referee can either be your Tutor or your Director of Studies. If your activity is intimately related to your course, you are advised to send it to your Director of Studies for their comments.

Student Services would be happy to respond to informal enquiries and requests for information.


Summer Bursary Application Form 2018 (doc)

Summer Bursary Application Form 2018 (pdf)


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