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Wolfson provides financial support for students through bursaries, awards and grants.
Travel Grants for Fieldwork and Conference Presentations
The College awards travel grants to the value of about £40,000 annually. Funding to support travel is available each academic year to Wolfson students presenting at conferences related to their studies or undertaking fieldwork in the UK or abroad. The Travel Grant application form is available to download below, and this contains full details of the scheme.
Students may apply for up to a fixed maximum amount per year, depending on programme of study and fee liability status. Completed applications for these grants must be submitted by Friday of Week 3 and Week 7 of each term. You should plan to submit your application as early as possible, and ideally before the conference or fieldwork is to take place. Travel must take place before thesis submission (for research students), or final exams or assessment (for students on taught courses) and during the period of fee liability. Please note that funding is limited, and not all applications will be successful, though we hope the additional flexibility provided by this revised system will allow more students to access funding.
Completed applications should be sent by email to the Academic Office. The Academic Office will aim to provide a response within two weeks of the deadline. Please remember that applications received during the vacation will be rolled forward to the next deadline, so you might wish to take this into account when considering when to submit an application.
The University also offers some support for travel and research abroad. Details can be found on the International Opportunities page under the Fees and Funding section of the Oxford website.
The College can provide some financial assistance towards the cost of completing fast track language courses where this is required for your Oxford programme of study. The Academic Office will reimburse up to £150 on receipt of the course completion certificate. You should also provide a statement from your supervisor which confirms that the course is necessary to your studies, as well as proof of payment.
College Hardship Fund
The College Hardship Fund is a discretionary fund intended to provide short-term financial support for students experiencing unexpected and unforeseeable financial difficulties. To be awarded a loan or grant students must be enrolled and be in good academic standing. Doctoral students who have submitted their thesis are not normally eligible for a hardship grant. All applications are considered on a case by case basis. Exceptionally, more than one application may be made, but the fund is not able to provide long-term recurrent support for students, rarely exceeds £500 and is not intended as a substitute funding body for students without scholarships. Students considering making an application to the College Hardship Fund should review the information on the University Hardship Fund, and particularly the definition of unexpected circumstances. Students should also apply to the University Hardship Fund and speak to their department about any other funds they may be eligible to apply for.
The College Hardship Fund is supplemented by the Joyce Bonnie Farley Award, which provides bursaries to current Wolfson students from under-represented backgrounds who encounter unforeseen financial hardship during their studies. There is no separate application process for this bursary; applicants to the College Hardship Fund will be automatically considered for the award.
Students undertaking a nine or twelve month course are unlikely to be considered for hardship funding.
Applications for hardship funds are considered by the Senior Tutor and Bursar on a termly basis. There is an appeals panel headed by the Vicegerent and including two other fellows. Further information about the procedure is available on the application form.
To apply, please complete a College Hardship Application Form and return it to the Academic Office by the end of Week 6. We strongly advise students considering submitting an application to contact the Academic Registrar in the first instance for further guidance, and/or if your situation is very urgent.
University of Oxford Hardship Funds
There are also University Hardship Funds to which you may be eligible to apply, with information available on the University of Oxford website.
Course Fee Bursaries
Course fee bursaries are principally awarded on the basis of hardship. In deciding between candidates with equal needs, the College will give regard to academic merit and whether bursaries have been awarded previously. All current Wolfson students who in 2019-20 will be entering their second year or beyond of their current course, and who are self-funding their fees can apply. The maximum amount that may be awarded is £3,300. Applications should be submitted using the College's Bursary Application Form 2019, available to download at the bottom of this webpage. All elements of the application, including references, must be submitted to email@example.com by 21 June 2019.
George Peters Bursary
Two bursaries of £500, in the name of Professor George Peters, who was a Fellow of the College (1980-2001) and Vicegerent (1991-93), are available ths year. The bursary is open to current Wolfson students from developing countries and is awarded on the grounds of financial hardship. Applications should be submitted using the College's Bursary Application Form 2019, available to download at the bottom of this webpage. All elements of the application, including references, must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 June 2019.
A course fee bursary to the value of £3,300 is available for a student pursuing a course of study related to the history of Christianity in the Mediterranean Basin from 400 to 1500 AD, and who in the academic year 2019-20 will be in their second or subsequent year of study. Applicants must not currently be in receipt of a full scholarship. Applications should be submitted using the College's Bursary Application Form 2019, available to download at the bottom of this webpage. All elements of the application, including references, must be submitted to email@example.com by 21 June 2019.
4 September 2019Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2020
Wolfson College together with the English Faculty announce Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2020.4 September 2019Philomen Probert's book on the Latin Accent published
Congratulations to Philomen Probert on the publishing of her book "Latin Grammarians on the Latin Accent: The Transformation of Greek Grammatical...26 July 2019Bryan Magee - Obituary
Bryan Magee, philosopher, writer, broadcaster, politician, died at St Luke's Hospital, Headington, on 26 July 2019 aged eighty-nine.
Lectures and Seminars20 - 20Sep SepBeyond the Picture: Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book in Sultanate IndiaFriday 20 September - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
A lecture by Eloïse Brac de la Perrière. Numerous fields of investigation await the attention of specialists of Sultanate India. In particular, the study of illustrated manuscripts offers many perspectives: the iconography, the text, and the book itself, including its materials and their assemblage. The calligraphy from this period has scarcely been studied, despite its marked peculiarities. Calligraphy also provides a bridge between the artistic, intellectual and spiritual fields.Conference01 - 03Oct OctFutures Thinking ConferenceTuesday 1 October - 8:30am to Thursday 3 October - 1:00pm
Futures Thinking is a TORCH research network that uses Humanities methodologies to think through future-oriented technologies and concerns. This conference seeks to explore the future of reading and narrative in relation to how questions of inequality, bias in programming and developing technologies are changing the way that human beings create and interact with narrative and the self.Networking04 - 04Oct OctRF/JRF Lunch TableFriday 4 October - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
RF/JRF informal lunch table in Hall (12:30-1:30pm). Wine and beer are served. Partners and children are welcome.