Current students are encouraged to discuss applying for the awards listed below with their tutor.

Marjorie Chibnall Bursary

This Bursary was established by Professor Eric Carlson, Former Chair of the History Department at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota in memory of Professor Marjorie Chibnall, a distinguished medieval historian and Fellow of Clare Hall, to be given to an outstanding student with financial needs. While all students are eligible, preference will be given to students of medieval history or any period of British history.  The bursary has a value of £600 and is awarded annually.

British Academy Biography - Professor Marjorie Chibnall

Marjorie Chibnall Obituary

Current students wishing to be considered for this award should write to the Assistant Senior Tutor by 31 March to apply for an award starting in October of the forthcoming academic year. Please include a CV and a statement of up to 400 words on your research project.

The Boak Student Support Fund

This fund provides support for students of Clare Hall to pursue outstanding research and educational opportunities. These awards are in addition to the existing Tutors’ Fund for Research Support and are intended to facilitate research and/or conference attendance for those requiring substantial additional support. Awards are competitive and are offered on a case-by-case basis with reference to academic merit and research potential.

The Boak Fund aims to support elements of graduate students' research which would not otherwise be possible. It does not normally fund equipment or workshops, but exceptional cases might be considered. Students applying to attend a conference should normally be giving a paper to be eligible for funding. Travel or other expenses which are part of a course are not eligible for funding.

  • Typically awards range from £1,000 - £2,000. There is no lower limit.
  • Both MPhil and PhD students are eligible to apply to this fund.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Tutors and decisions will be communicated within three weeks of the deadline for submission.


  • 30 November 2020
  • 31 January 2021
  • 31 March 2021
  • 31 May 2021
  • 31 July 2021

A decision is expected within three weeks of each deadline.

Application form for the Boak Student Support Fund

Salje Medals

These are awarded annually to two research students (one in Arts/Humanities and Social Sciences and one in the Sciences) whose completed PhD thesis and publications merit high commendation. If you wish to be considered for a Salje Medal after your PhD has been passed, please submit the following to the Tutorial Office:

• a summary of your thesis topic (up to 400 words in clear, non-specialised English)

• your examiners’ reports

• a CV of your publications and other academic activities.

Research Awards from the Tutors' Fund

Research awards of £100 are available for students doing a one-year course, and to PhD students in their first year of graduate study. PhD students can apply for a further £250 in both their second and third years, up to a total of maximum £600 for a PhD course. These awards are intended to help with conference and computer expenses or for the purchase of books.

Tutors' Fund Research Award Application Form

Hardship Awards

The College has limited funds available to support students experiencing unexpected financial hardship. Students are encouraged to contact their Tutor to discuss the matter and to hand in the form below to apply for a hardship award.

Hardship Award Application Form

Mental Health Fund

If you require mental health support beyond what is offered by the University Counselling Service and College Based Counselling, you can apply for support from the College’s mental health fund. This fund can be used to pay for tailored therapy by a private counsellor or psychotherapist. Please contact your Tutor and complete the application form below. You can rest assured that your request will be handled with the utmost confidentiality and you are not required to share any particulars beyond the fact that you require mental health support.

Mental Health Fund Application Form

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