Other Financial Support

As well as college bursaries and rent subsidies for UK and EU students, we offer non-means tested support to current undergraduates (UK, EU and Overseas) in the form of book grants, travel grants, equipment grants, funds for music and sport, and for other opportunities. We also give scholarships and prizes to reward excellent academic performance. You can find further information on how and when to apply on the Student Finance intranet page (accessed via your Raven login).

Book grants

Students can apply annually (at the beginning of the Lent Term) for grants towards the cost of essential books (new or secondhand). You must have bought the books before submitting your application (books bought since the last round of book grants may be included) and submit receipts with the application, which has to be approved by the Director of Studies. Typically the College awards 50-60% of the cost of the books purchased up to an upper limit, which is currently £250. First-year medical students have a separate fund, the Brett Fund, and may not apply to both sources to fund the same books. There is a special Sheila Edmonds fund for mathematicians.

Travel grants and US travel bursary

Newnham has a wide range of funds to support travel costs in the vacations. Some of our funds are subject-specific, such as the Ann Duncan Fund (for MML students wishing to improve their oral skills by travelling during Christmas and Easter vacations), and the various funds supporting medically-related travel and electives at both undergraduate and graduate level. Geographers and geologists can also benefit from generous funding, as well as archaeologists and those undertaking Asian studies. Outside of subject-specific funds, Newnham’s normal travel grants for academic- or career-related travel range in value from £320-£420, with a small number of awards of up to £1000 available for particularly interesting and ambitious projects. The Financial Tutor can also offer advice on other sources of funding for summer travel.

The Newnham US Committee (mainly alumnae of the College now living in the USA) is offering a substantial travel bursary this year (for the eleventh year running). The winner of this bursary (undergraduate or graduate) will receive $4,000 for travel within the USA during the summer vacation. Please see the poster for further information.

Application forms are available outside of the Tutorial & Admissions Office or can be downloaded here.

Read an account from the 2017 recipient.

Research expenses

This fund is intended to make small grants for term-time expenses associated with dissertation or project work. Examples might be fares to London to visit a museum, or special copying expenses, or a small grant towards attending a conference. Grants up to £50 will be made immediately on the recommendation of the DoS; larger sums will be considered termly by the Loans and Grants Committee.

Equipment grants

The Equipment Funds provide several small grants termly for medical, scientific or other technical equipment for the individual use of undergraduate or postgraduate students; this includes clinical equipment grants (for stethoscopes etc). Architects have particular equipment needs, and are guaranteed at least £300 per year from the equipment funds, on production of receipts.

Funds for music

The College has several music funds, used to provide the College’s contribution to the University Instrumental Award Scheme, to support the College’s own music awards, described below, and to provide choral scholarships for Newnham students. For all questions concerning music in College, please contact the Director of Music (dmm36@cam.ac.uk).

The Leslie Betts Fund provides a small number of grants (normally not more than £90 each) for musical purposes, e.g. music lessons, active participation in the performance of music, or travel expenses for the latter. Any resident undergraduate or graduate student of Newnham College who is NOT reading for the Music Tripos is eligible to apply to the Betts Fund.

Newnham appoints Music Organisers to be responsible for organising College concerts in collaboration with the Senior Music Advisors and the Raleigh Music Society. Duties include organising: the lunchtime recital series; occasional orchestral or choral concerts; Music at Advent; and sung grace for the College Feast. Each year, the College seeks to appoint a Junior Music Organiser and a Senior Music Organiser. The appointments commence in January and run for one year, with the possibility, for the Junior, of renewal for a further year as the Senior. An honorarium of £100 is paid, plus an allowance of £80 towards music lessons. Undergraduates, postgraduates and graduates are all eligible, except those in their final year or on one-year courses. Intercollegiate Instrumental Award and Choral Award holders are eligible, but if both awards are held, only the honorarium will be paid.

The College also offers a number of Instrumental/Vocal awards of £150 each towards music lessons. These are awarded early in the Michaelmas Term. Undergraduates, postgraduates and graduates are all eligible, except those holding Intercollegiate Instrumental Awards or College choral awards. Forms are available from the Tutorial Office early in the Michaelmas Term, and awards are by audition.

Funds for sport

Newnham has a range of financial support on offer for sport. For our own sports clubs, grants are jointly provided by the JCR and MCR. Both also offer grants to University-level sportswomen: typically these will pay for the cost of club subscriptions, plus a proportion of essential kit costs and other training expenses. For other expenses (such as training camps and sports-related accommodation out of term), undergraduates can apply for Opportunity Funds (see below) to help meet the cost. These Opportunity Funds can also be applied to for College-level sports expenses.

Opportunity Funds

The Opportunity Fund is intended ‘to enable students to do what they would otherwise be unable to do’. Grants have been made in the past for specialised courses (not necessarily related to a student’s academic subject), and for various sports and recreations. We are also able to offer contributions of 50% of the cost of language courses run by the University Language Centre, to a maximum of one course per term.

Scholarships and prizes

Excellent academic performance is rewarded with both scholarships and prizes at Newnham. If you are staying on for a further year of study (either as undergraduate or graduate), a first-class result in the summer exams will be rewarded with a scholarship of £500. Students gaining firsts for all or part of an exam, in any year, may be awarded one or more prizes of £50 or £100, on the recommendation of their DoS.

Other support

We are able to offer some financial assistance to those with mobility problems (either temporary or otherwise) on production of receipts for taxi fares etc; please contact your Tutor for information about how to apply.