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Other funds

The following are available to all registered Fitzwilliam students (except where specifically mentioned as 'Undergraduate only').

  • Up to £250 towards the cost of students' active participation in charitable or community projects. (Projects are normally without remuneration.)
  • Awards can be in addition to other College funding, with an overall cap at no more than 50% of the project cost.
  • To be eligible for funding, a charitable or community project should not form part of any course requirements.
  • Student members, who will have completed their course of study by the end of the Easter term of the current academic year, may still apply.

To apply: Complete the online application form giving full details of your project and stating that you wish to apply for funding for a community or charitable project.  

Deadline: 29 April for projects taking place before the end of the same academic year (30 September).

The College offers financial support to students attending conferences, symposia, workshops, etc. in Cambridge and to those organising such events at the College.


  • To apply to attend a conference or event

Undergraduate students: should apply to the Student Opportunities Fund, with support from their Director of Studies if the event is related to their academic study, or from their Tutor in other cases.

Postgraduate students: should apply through the Graduate Research Awards scheme, with support of Supervisor and Tutor, to support attendance at events relating to their academic work and through the Student Opportunities Fund, with support from their Tutor, for other activities.


  • To apply for College support in organising a conference or event at Fitzwilliam

Students organising events under the auspices of University societies, charitable activities, etc., are encouraged to hold them at Fitzwilliam College. The cost of room bookings may in some circumstances be subsidised through an award from the Student Opportunities Fund.

In the first instance, please contact the College Events Co-ordinator to enquire about room availability.

Unfortunately, the College is not able to support the organisational costs or overheads of conferences, symposia, workshops, etc,. held outside the College. 

Up to two awards, to the value of £150 each, may be made to separate deserving candidates who are Pre-Clinical or Clinical students studying human or veterinary medicine at Fitzwilliam College, to support scientific research activities. Please click here for further information

The College has funds to support students learning a foreign language through the Cambridge University Language Programme (CULP) and for the in-sessional Academic Development and Training for International Student (ADTIS) programme, if this is not a condition of admission.


  • Cambridge University Language Programme

The Cambridge University Language Programme offers courses in 11 different languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.

Each course consists of 30 lessons (50 minutes each) in the classroom, 15 hours work with online resources, and 15 hours self-study.

This programme is open to all Fitzwilliam students. Students make their own arrangements for registration on a particular course. The College will pay 50% of the course fee, on successful completion of the course. 

How to apply for College funding:

  • please send completion certificate and breakdown of marks to the Tutorial Officer (Ms Sally Law).

NOTE:

  • Students seeking support for more than one language in an academic year should also supply a letter of support from their Director of Studies (for undergraduates) or Course Director/Supervisor (for postgraduates).
  • Funding cannot be offered for 'attendance only' courses.

  • Language Centre in-sessional courses

The Language Centre runs an in-sessional support programme or those who wish to improve their academic English communication and language skills, which is tailored towards the needs of individual students.

The College will pay the full cost, for a student attending the course if:

  • Attendance on the course was not a condition of your admission to the University
  • In the case of a Graduate student, the Supervisor or Course Director supports the request and agrees that it would be beneficial
  • In the case of an Undergraduate student, the Director of Studies and the College Tutor supports the request and agrees that it would be beneficial
  • The time commitment required for the course would not be detrimental to your main study
  • The College will require termly reports from the Director of Studies or the Supervisor regarding your progress

How to apply for College funding: 

  • Review the information on the Language Centre website
  • Discuss your request to take the course with your Supervisor or Director of Studies
  • Download the In-Sessional registration form 
  • Complete the form, and take it to your College Tutor, together with the evidence of support from your Supervisor or Director of Studies, so that the Tutor can authorise the College payment
  • Evidence of support - ask your Supervisor/Director of Studies to email your Tutor, or complete this form
  • The authorised In-sessional registration form must be returned to the Tutorial Office
  • The Language Centre will invoice the College, so you should not need to pay yourself

The Master's Gift Fund provides awards to undergraduate and graduate students to support extracurricular activities which are not supported (or cannot be adequately supported) by the JMA or any other College Funds. Applications should be made through the Tutor to the Master, and can be made at any time.

Student may apply to the Milner Walton Music and Drama fund for a grant to support a project for the current academic year. The size of individual awards varies from year to year, but applicants should bear in mind that the total available to fund all Milner Walton Projects in any single academic year is £2,500.

Criteria for evaluating proposals include

  • The contribution that the project will make to the cultural life of the College.
  • The clarity and detail of the project description and its budget.
  • The likelihood that the project will be completed within the current academic year.
  • The extent to which Fitzwilliam students are involved in the project.
  • Evidence that the applicant has explored other sources of funding for the project.

To apply:

  • Use the application form (note - form is .docx).
  • Deadlines for application - projects in same academic year - 21 October, 21 January 2019, 29 April 2019 and 18 June 2019.
  • Deadlines for application - projects in the next academic year - 17 June 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with any one of the Awards Panel (listed below) before submitting proposals for funding. 
Awards Panel: Master, Senior Tutor, Bursar, Director of Music, Music Society President, JCR President, MCR President, President of Clubs & Societies.

Students may apply to the ED Davies fund or the Dorothy Pounds Fund for a grant to assist with music lessons as follows:

  • students reading Music -  up to £50 per lesson with a maximum of £400 per year.
  • students not reading Music  - up to £20 per lesson with a maximum of £200 per year.

To apply: all students - send a covering letter and copies of payment receipts to Sally Cook in the Tutorial Office.

The Sailbridge Special Project awards were established in 2016 by a donation from Mr Philip Behenna (Modern Languages, 1985-1989) in honour of Lawrence Sail and Robert Lethbridge. Mr Behenna explains his inspiration for establishing these awards as follows: ‘Lawrence taught me to be imaginative. Robert taught me to persevere. Both qualities will be required for an interesting project. To me the word Sailbridge connotes the idea of a device that allows for movement from one state to another, a physical journey perhaps or a mental process of discovery. The sail and the bridge helped human beings overcome barriers to exploration and knowledge.’

Applicants for Sailbridge Special Project awards are encouraged to think adventurously as they plan projects that combine both physical and mental voyages of discovery. No direct connection to the student’s coursework is required, but applicants should make clear their motivation for undertaking the project. Projects that foster cross-cultural communication and meaningful interpersonal experiences are particularly encouraged. Applications should specify the purpose and likely impact of the project.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report on the project that will discuss how it was planned and carried out, its immediate outcome and likely longer-term impact. This report will be forwarded to the donor, who has stated that he hopes the reports will indicate how students have been changed, challenged, awed, terrified, frustrated and enlightened by their experiences.  Previous recipients of the Sailbridge Special Project Awards have traveled to Sierra Leone, Nepal, Kenya, Russia, Zambia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Italy, Spain and Senegal. Adventurous applications to carry out projects in any part of the world are welcomed.

Eligibility: Awards from the Fund may be made to any Junior Member of the College with the exception of those in the final year of their course (whether undergraduate or graduate).  This rule excludes graduate students on one-year MPhil or MSt courses.  Exceptions may be made, at the discretion of the awards panel, for finalists who have accepted a place at Fitzwilliam College for a graduate course, or for MPhil students who have accepted a place at Fitzwilliam College for a PhD course in the year directly following their receipt of a Sailbridge Special Project Award.

Awards: The number and value of Sailbridge Special Project Awards made shall be determined by an awards panel according to the numbers and quality of the proposals. Awards are not normally intended to cover the full costs of a project; where appropriate, applicants should demonstrate that they have applied for complementary funding from other sources. 

To apply: Complete an application form and send to the Tutorial Officer (Ms Sally Cook) (applications now closed).  
Students are encouraged to address any queries about the awards or the application process to the Senior Tutor, Dr Paul Chirico (senior.tutor@fitz.cam.ac.uk

Deadline: 29 April 2019

Thanks to the generosity of alumni of the College and other donors, the College is able to award Sports Bursaries to eligible students. 

These instructions are for both the Paul Day Sport and the Sports Support Funds

(Your application will automatically be considered for both funds and awards made from the most appropriate)


  • Paul Day Sports Fund

The Paul Day Sports Fund was established in 2013 with a donation from Paul Day (Mathematics 1977), who played table tennis for England while he was an undergraduate at Fitzwilliam.

The Fund is used to support student members of the College who play sport at the highest levels and require financial assistance to take advantage of sporting opportunities.

The distribution of this expendable Fund is at the discretion of the Executive Trustees of the JMA.

  • Sports Support Fund

The Sports Support Fund was established in 2012 through donations from members of the College. The Fund is used to provide assistance to student members of the College, directly or indirectly, in taking advantage of sporting opportunities.

The distribution of the Fund is at the discretion of the Executive Trustees of the JMA.

 

How to apply:

Only one award can normally be made per applicant, in each academic year. It may be advisable to wait to apply until you know your full range of activities for the year.

Please read these guidance notes before you apply

This year the applications will be collected using Moodle.

  1.  Please follow this link which may prompt you for your Raven password
  2.  Please self-enrol in the Moodle course 'Sports Funding'
  3.  Please click on the 'Sports Funding' questionnaire (Next to an orange bullhorn icon )
  4.  Click on the link 'Answer the questions...'
  5.  Now you should find the form. Don't forget to answer all the required questions (red asterisk*) and any optional ones you wish.
  6.  Click 'Submit your answers' to complete the form. 
Deadlines: 

Michaelmas Term: 30 October 2018

Lent Term: 30 January 2019

Easter Term: 04 May 2019

 

  • John Adams Fund

For student members of the College who have done most to promote the wellbeing and success of the Boat Club.

The John Adams Fund was established in 2012 by members of the Billygoats Society in recognition of John Adams' fifty years of service to the Society and Fitzwilliam College rowing.

The income of the John Adams Fund shall be used to provide prizes and bursaries as proposed by Officers of the Billygoats Society (President, Secretary and Treasurer) and approved by the Tutorial Committee.

Application form >>

 

  • University funding

There are also University funds available to support University athletes.

Alongside the Fitzwilliam student rent review the College has developed the following schemes, funded from the Members Accommodation Account and the Student Opportunities Fund. The aim is to support students studying in Cambridge on reduced incomes. The schemes pay an allowance of £20 /night for up to 14 nights/academic year for students meeting all the criteria. 

Undergraduate students - criteria

  • Undergraduate students in all years on all forms of rent agreement
  • Nights of residence during Christmas and Easter vacations in excess of the 29 week residence period 
  • Residence is in College accommodation
  • Have been awarded a College Maintenance Bursary during the current academic year.

There is no need to apply: 

  • The Accommodation Officer will advise on the number of nights to be included
  • Awards will be processed by the Tutorial Office in May each year and credited to the students college account.

Postgraduate students - criteria

  • Postgraduate students in all years of study
  • Residence is in College accommodation on a standard graduate contract.
  • Have been awarded a College Maintenance Bursary during the current academic year.

There is no need to apply: 

  • As postgraduate students are all on a full 39 week contract, all those eligible will receive the full £280
  • Awards will be processed by the Tutorial Office in May each year and credited to the students college account.
  • Undergraduate students may apply for funds towards travel in the long summer vacation
  • An undergraduate student who will be graduating at the end of Easter term can still apply, but the travel must therefore relate to a future course of study at Fitzwilliam College
  • The maximum available for non-academic travel in both cases is £150
  • Funds are also available for both undergraduate and graduate students for travel that is related to studies.

To apply:

  • Undergraduate students use the online application form.
  • Graduate students are not eligible to apply for funding towards non-academic travel projects, unless they are charitable or community projects.

An allowances of £50 per week may be made to Undergraduates taking part in research projects or academic-related internships in or near Cambridge.  The following criteria apply:

  • Projects are during the Long Vacation
  • Projects are not directly related to the undergraduate course work
  • Awards are for a maximum of 10 weeks
  • Awards are subject to the availability of a suitable College room
  • You must be staying in College accommodation during the period of the award
  • You must have the support of both your Tutor and  Director of Studies
  • You are not receiving remuneration of over £250 per week (award will be reduced accordingly)
  • During the Long Vacation following graduation, awards are only available if you are returning for graduate studies at Fitzwilliam College

To apply:

  • Undergraduate students use the application form.
  • Graduate students are not eligible to apply for a vacation project allowance.