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

Heidelberg Summer Exchange

Clare Hall participates annually in a one-month exchange with the University of Heidelberg. There is an opportunity for one student from Clare Hall to attend the International Summer School of German language and Culture from 29 July 2021-25 August 2021. The award includes a tuition waiver of 670 euros for German language classes (and additional programme) and 550 euros to cover accommodation and food. Accommodation will be organised by Heidelberg University. Any additional costs, including transport to Heidelberg), must be met by the student.


If you would like to be considered for the Summer Exchange, please email  the tutorial office by 25 MAY 2021 or earlier. You should write a short application  (no more than one side of A4) setting out why you feel your current or future studies would benefit from attendance on this course. The course will take place online only in Heidelberg.


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 up to £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

Thanks to the kind bequest of the late Professor Dennis Boak in 2016, Clare Hall has a special fund to support student research.

Pre-Covid, this was used mainly for conference travel, travel to archives, and so forth.

Despite Covid restrictions on travel, you can still apply to Boak for research expenses: for example, to get archival material scanned, for recording equipment, or other equipment to help you do your research remotely.

You can apply for help with online conference expenses, if the conference is important for your academic development and/or if you are giving a paper.

Typically, pre-Covid travel restrictions, awards ranged from £1,000 to £2,000, and lower awards are also made. Online conference attendance costs are significantly lower, with cheaper registration fees (and of course accommodation and travel cost are not needed) so we can use the surplus to support more conference attendance.

The Boak Fund does not normally fund coursework materials, and it is not intended to cover things your department would normally cover, but there are many other expenses which are essential for your research, and which might be eligible.

  • The maximum award is £2,000, but most awards will be smaller. 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.


  • 31 July 2021

A decision is expected within three weeks of each deadline.

If you have a research expense that you think might be eligible, please discuss it with your Tutor before making an application.

Application form for the Boak Student Support Fund

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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