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    Murray Edwards has a number of awards available for a variety of purposes for both undergraduates and graduates. Many of these are funded by the Rosemary Murray Fund, which is generously supported by alumnae. The College’s Funding Committee meets termly and students should look out for emails informing them of the deadlines for applications from the Tutorial Office. Please note that in almost all cases, awards will not be made from multiple sources for the same purpose.  Students will not, for example, be able to receive both an Academic Needs award and a Rosemary Murray Travel Exhibition for the same project.  However, students can apply for both a Travel Exhibition and Gateway Challenges Funding for the same project, and may also sometimes make multiple use of certain other restricted funds for the same project (e.g. Brian Evans Travel Fund, Clinical Elective Funding).  Please speak to the Senior Tutor if you have any questions about this.

    Academic awards

    Financial need and hardship

    Sports funding

    Travel awards

    Support for health-related needs

    Academic awards and funding

    Rosemary Murray Fund

    The Rosemary Murray Fund may be able to assist graduates and undergraduates with expenses incurred in connection with their studies (e.g. research expenses for projects or dissertations, or special equipment needs). Students wishing to apply should discuss their application with their Director of Studies (for undergraduates) or Supervisor (for graduates) who should write a short supporting statement on either the Undergraduate Academic Needs form or the Graduate Academic Needs form.  Amounts for academically-related travel are likely to be between £50 and £300. Applications are not normally considered for books or laptops. 

    The Undergraduate Academic Needs form can also be used by undergraduates to apply to the Barbara White Fund for support while undertaking academically-related placements over the summer vacation.  Awards of £100 per week may be made for a total of up to five weeks.  The Posen Fund is also available for support of this kind and applicants may be eligible for a larger award: preference will be given to Natural Scientists but applications from students studying other subjects may be considered should sufficient funds remain.

    Applications for financial support for accommodation over the vacation for academic purposes outside this will not normally be considered under Academic Needs funding, but students may make an application to the Financial Need and Hardship Fund if they find that they are experiencing financial hardship as a result of any accommodation costs incurred over the vacation. 

    Modern and Medieval Languages students may apply for funding for language courses during vacations.  Awards will be up to £600 in total to cover the course-fee and travel (but not living expenses).  Students are normally eligible for only one such award during the course of their degree.  


    Graduates may also apply to the Graduate Research and Fieldwork Fund, which provides small grants to assist with research/fieldwork expenses, such as travel costs to present papers at seminars/conferences or consult archives.  Applications will also be considered for exceptional costs in the production of a thesis, e.g. the provision of photographic materials. Requests for research equipment/lab supplies may be made to the Academic Needs Fund (see above). Grants from the Graduate Research and Fieldwork Fund can be used to supplement funds available from other sources such as departments and faculties but will not be awarded in addition to an  Academic Needs award for the same project.

    Applications should be submitted on the Graduate Research Application Form. Students must ask their supervisors to include a brief supporting statement and to sign the form. Successful applicants will be asked to provide receipts in the amount of the award.  Over the whole period of their course, a graduate student may receive up to £900 in total from the Graduate Research and Fieldwork fund.

    Funding for Educational Assessments

    For funding covering the costs of assessments for specific learning difficulties, please see the Students with Disabilities page.

    Rosemary Murray Scholarships

    Rosemary Murray Scholarships of £400 are awarded each year to those undergraduates who perform outstandingly well (a First Class degree in any part of the Tripos). It is also offered to those doing one-year LLM, MCL or MAST courses who obtain marks equivalent to a First.

    Robin Hammond Prize in English

    One award of £250 is made annually to the English undergraduate who obtains the highest mark in an exam paper or dissertation for English Literature Part I, Paper 4 (Renaissance 1500-1700).

    Dr Robin Hammond was appointed College Lecturer in English at New Hall in March 1954 and, along with Dame Rosemary Murray, was one of the two senior members at New Hall at its foundation. Dr Hammond directed studies in the Arts subjects, and she and Dame Rosemary worked as a team to manage the College and its students.

    After New Hall moved to Huntingdon Road, Dr Hammond was Tutor and then Senior Tutor before retiring in 1974. Before her death, Dr Hammond was delighted that alumnae wished to establish this prize in her honour.

    Mary Dyson Scholarships in Engineering

    These awards will be advertised to current Engineering students who are eligible to apply as follows:

    • 2nd or 3rd year students who have achieved a 1st or high 2:1 at the end of the previous year
    • Demonstrable interest in mechanical/electronic/aerospace/aerothermal engineering
    • Passionate about engineering

    The Award is £2,500 with a guaranteed interview for a Dyson internship (but award holders are not required to apply for the internship).

    Financial need and hardship

    Undergraduates experiencing financial hardship should speak to their Tutor, who may refer them to Dr Paola Filippucci, the Deputy Senior Tutor. Dr Filippucci can offer support with advice on budgeting and with applications to relevant College and University funds. This includes the College's Rosemary Murray Fund for financial hardship, which is considered by the College's Funding Committee on its own merits and in strict confidence, each term.

    In order to apply to the Rosemary Murray Fund, please download the two-part undergraduate application form and complete both parts in collaboration with Dr Filippucci. (Please note that this is an Excel file, with page 1 on the first tab at the bottom of the screen and page 2 on the second tab.)

    In cases of severe financial hardship, and where there is a clear academic need for a student to remain in College over the vacation, the student should see their Tutor to discuss their circumstances. Exceptionally, College hardship funds may be used to help students with vacation rent; however, students who are aware that they will need to spend vacations in College are reminded to consider the 39-week leases early on in the room ballot process.

    Graduate students who experience financial difficulty should see their Graduate Tutor in the first instance and may apply for hardship funds by completing the graduate hardship application form

    Applicants will be expected to have applied for any other funds for which they may be eligible and to have applied for the maximum loans for which they are eligible.

    Bell, Abbott, and Barnes (University)

    Bell, Abbott, and Barnes is a centrally-administered fund which can consider a range of student hardship applications. Applicants must be candidates for the BA Degree who have shown proficiency in their studies and who are recommended by the Financial Tutor. The Awarders aim to distribute the funds as fairly as possible to those undergraduates in greatest need and pay particular attention to financial problems caused by unforeseen change of circumstance.

    Applications must be submitted by the Finance Tutor by the division of each Term in November, February and May.

    Cambridge Bursary Scheme

    The Cambridge Bursary is a generous means-tested bursary scheme available for UK and EU students and can include Clinical Veterinary and Medical students. These bursaries are now administered by Student Finance. Please contact the Tutorial Office Manager if you have any questions after reading the information on the site linked above.

    A similar guarantee is offered to every student from Scotland who qualifies for a Students Outside Scotland Bursary; to every student from Northern Ireland who qualifies for a Maintenance Grant from the Northern Ireland Assembly; and to every student from Wales who qualifies for an Welsh Government Learning Grant

    Other Funds

    Student Parents

    The Cambridge Guide for Student Parents offers a range of useful information for student parents, including a section on finance and funding.

    The DfES guide 'Childcare Grant and other support for student parents in higher education', available to download on their website gives detailed information on the Childcare Grant and other financial help available to HE students.

    As Murray Edwards College is a participating member of the University Childcare Bursaries scheme, eligible overseas and EU students may apply for the University's Childcare bursary to help with the costs of government-regulated childcare. Funds are available to assist with meeting childcare costs for pre-school age children, and for after-school care costs. The bursary is funded by a mixture of college contributions and Government funding. Application forms are available online and must be completed with the support of a student's College Tutor.

    Sports funding

    Awards for Blues Level Sport (undergraduates and graduates)

    The College is delighted and impressed at the numbers of Murray Edwards students who are playing sport at Blues level. The variety of different sports is particularly notable. We are very keen to offer an easily understandable way of rewarding students for their Blues achievements that can be applied across all cases.  The scheme of Blues Awards is as follows:

    In any year, any student who is in Blues training (but has not received a Blue as yet) will be eligible to apply for £75 towards their training costs.  Any student who has achieved a Half Blue will receive £150, and any student who receives a Full Blue will receive £200. Students in receipt of a Blue will be eligible to apply for one award annually, irrespective of the number of sports they are undertaking. 

    Any student who receives money for Blues training, and subsequently receives a half or full Blue, can apply for the remainder of the appropriate award (i.e. a further £75 for a Half Blue and £125 for a Full Blue); any student who receives money for achieving a half Blue and who then goes on to achieve a Full Blue, can apply for a further £50 to bring their total award up to the Full Blue award of £200.  The applications for the awards will be made using the Blues Funding application form, which is to be signed by the student's Coach/Team Leader and by the Tutor or Graduate Tutor.

    By the end of the academic year of the award, we ask students to provide the College with a photograph of them engaged in their sport, so that we can properly celebrate their achievements.

    Other funding for sport may be applied for from the Hawks Charitable Trust -email for application information.

    Music Awards

    Students in any subject but who play an instrument may apply for College music awards, see the Music page

    Travel awards

    Rosemary Murray Travel Awards

    Rosemary Murray Travel Awards are made each year to undergraduate students (postgraduate students are not eligible) for travel that may be for academic or other purposes. Grants between £50 and £300 will be awarded in the Easter Term. Standard awards are £50 for travel within the UK, £150 for travel within the EU or £250 for intercontinental travel, but enhanced awards may be made, totalling £50 more than these amounts in each category. Please note that the quality and clarity of the application will be taken into consideration when awarding funds.

    The Application Form is available online and the deadline for submitting applications to the Tutorial Office is the first Friday in May. Please note that the following are essential:

    • All sections of the form must be completed.
    • Your tutor must sign the form.
    • The proposed budget should have been properly researched.
    • How do you plan to raise the budget total? How much do you expect to receive from other bodies you have applied to?
    • You must read the Responsibilities and Requirements at the end of the application form.

    Final year students are eligible for these awards but must intend to use the grant before the following October. Year abroad students are eligible to apply: the funds must not be used to fund the year abroad itself but may, perhaps, be used to travel elsewhere in Europe after the end of the year abroad. No student will receive a total of more then £500 in Rosemary Murray Travel Awards during their degree.

    All recipients are expected to submit a report on their travels upon their return.

    Awards from this fund can be held in conjunction with Gateway Travel Funding - see the Gateway page.

    Brian Evans Awards for Travel to New Zealand

    Rhiannon McKinnon, née Evans (NH 1997-2000 History), has set up a travel fund in her father’s name. Rhiannon lives in New Zealand and has donated funds for students who wish to travel to New Zealand for academic purposes. Part of Rhiannon’s motivation is that whilst a student at New Hall, she drew on a college travel fund for a trip to Hong Kong and China in 1998. 

    The donor is happy for the award to be made to a student of any discipline. She has met a number of students from the UK who are in New Zealand on electives. She would hope to meet with the student during their time in the country.

    Applications will be assessed on the academic value of the trip to New Zealand. If there are two applicants who both have excellent plans and good reasons for wanting to go to New Zealand, then the award may be split in that year. In the case of two or more eligible applicants, the Senior Tutor will liaise with the donor, providing some basic background on each student and her travel proposal.  There is a maximum award of £1,000 per student.

    Please complete the application form and submit it to the Tutorial Office, signed by your Director of Studies, by the second Friday in May. 

    Panton Trust Awards

    The Panton Trust is a small registered charity which provides grants for projects concerned either with animals or wildlife anywhere in the world, or with the environment in the UK. The Trust provides sponsorship for student projects (graduate or undergraduate), with the support of their College. These should not be conventional laboratory research projects but normally expedition projects with serious animal/wildlife objectives. The projects may be in any relevant field including (but not limited to) geography, botany, veterinary medicine, zoology or biology but, in all cases, they will have serious objectives.

    Those wishing to apply should read the Panton Trust information to check the Trust's criteria before submitting a Panton Trust application form and detailed outline of their project. The form must be endorsed by your Director of Studies. The deadline for submitting applications to the Tutorial Office Office is 4pm on 23 April.

    University-wide funds

    Gladstone Memorial Trust Travel Awards

    The Gladstone Memorial Trust Travel awards are intended to give students in their first or second undergraduate years at Oxford or Cambridge an opportunity to travel abroad and extend their knowledge of foreign countries. Final year students are not eligible, but students in the third year of a four year course are considered qualified. The awards are not intended to support scientific expeditions or projects connected with academic courses of research. The deadline for application is early February. 

    AJ Pressland Fund Travel Bursaries

    Administered by the Language Centre, the AJ Pressland Fund offers bursaries of up to £1,000 to support language study abroad for students within the Schools of Biological Science, Clinical Medicine, Physical Science and Technology. Applications are due by 21 April. 

    Vacation Study Grants

    Vacation Study Grants are available to help with the costs of certain courses or field-work organised by Departments and Faculties, or for travel deemed necessary for the particular course being followed. The University publishes a Vacation Study Grant Pink List each year which identifies the activities which fall within the scheme, by Faculty/Department. Please check this document carefully to see if your Faculty/Department provides funds for vacation study.

    Support for Health-related Needs

    Crane's Charity

    The Crane's Charity is the principal medical charity in the University. It exists to provide financial assistance to members of the University who are in residence and need treatment for physical or mental health problems, or for injuries resulting from accidents, provided that the treatment cannot conveniently be obtained under the National Health Service.

    Applications to the Crane's Charity are made via the Finance Tutor and should to be supported by adequate medical evidence.

    Clinical Elective Funding

    These funds are available one time only for supporting travel for Murray Edwards College's Veterinary and Medical Students although they are mainly used to support the expenses incurred by Clinical Students in connection with their electives or equivalent activities. Students who have moved away from Cambridge for their Clinical Studies are also eligible to apply. The sum of money available for distribution each year is not large enough to underwrite completely the projects submitted. The Awarding Committee therefore tries to make grants which can be regarded as "pump priming" rather than total funding.

    Allocation of the awards, as with virtually all grants for professional development or research, is on the basis of competition; the sum awarded reflects not only the total costs that the applicant envisages incurring but also the quality of the presentation and the support given by the referees. It is hoped that an application to the Clinical Elective Funds will form the basis for further applications to other bodies. In this respect, the awarding committee may sometimes feed back what are intended to be friendly criticisms when the application is felt to be in need of improvement. Candidates are invited to discuss the matter with their Director of Studies or the Tutorial Office Manager before submitting.

    The application should preferably be word processed and consist of:

    1. Completed Clinical Med cover sheet
    2. An up-to-date version of the applicant's curriculum vitae
    3. A clear and concise statement of the purpose for which the grant is sought (about 400-600 words)
    4. An estimate of the costs likely to be incurred (fares, extra costs of subsistence above normal expenditure, special equipment, etc.)
    5. A statement of the candidate's financial position, in particular whether or not other grants have been obtained to help fund the travel. It will not disadvantage an application if other funds have been obtained and it might even increase its standing in the competition; the sole aim of this request is to prevent the unlikely event of overfunding.
    6. reference from a senior figure well acquainted with their academic progress, especially in the case of applications from Clinical Students

    If appropriate, applicants should also submit evidence that they have been accepted by the institution where they intend to work.

    Applicants should submit their application by 12 March to the Tutorial Office at Murray Edwards College. On return, successful applicants are required to submit a short report of their work to the Tutorial Office by 31 October. 

    Contact us

    If you have any questions or need help applying for funding, please contact the Tutorial Office on 01223 762232 / 762203 or by emailing