Pembroke College MCR, Oxford

Funding and Prizes

There are many ways to apply for funding as a Pembroke postgraduate. More ways may be available from outside the college as well; be sure to look at the university’s homepage for graduate funding.

The R. G. Collingwood Prize

This is awarded annually in recognition of exceptional academic achievement by a graduate student of Pembroke College. Robin George Collingwood was a Fellow of the College from 1912 to 1935. He was tutor in philosophy, a leading archaeologist of Roman Britain and wrote on the philosophy of nature, art and ‘The Idea of History’. The R. G. Collingwood Prize shall be awarded at the MCR’s Annual Celebration Dinner, held in Trinity Term of each year.

Up to two Collingwood Prizes shall be awarded to post-graduate students of Pembroke College who fulfil some or all of the following criteria:

Any member of the college may nominate candidates for the award by writing to the Dean of Graduates with a concise summary of the candidate’s suitability for the prize. The closing date for nominations is Friday, 7th Week, Trinity Term.

A committee consisting of the Master, the Dean of Graduates, and three fellows of the college, chosen to reflect a range of disciplines, shall select the prize winner/s.

To nominate someone for this award, contact the Dean of Graduates.

The Woodroom Prize

The winner of the 2011 Wood Room Prize.
The winner of the 2011 Wood Room Prize.

This competition has been founded to stimulate thought and discussion within the College’s graduate community. It aims to put to paper the many varied perspectives that characterise discussions in the Wood Room. It is a literary prize: inviting essays, prose or poetry of no more than 1000 words. Applicants are provided with two pictures and asked to shape a piece of writing around them. Unique perspectives are encouraged.

Each year a judge from the College SCR chooses a winner, who is awarded a prize, printed in the college magazine, and respected forever.

Dean of Graduate’s Fund

The Dean of Graduates has at his disposal a small discretionary fund to which applications can be made to help defray the costs of attending conferences, making field trips, or other projects which are essential to a graduate’s research.

An application form can be obtained from the Graduate Administrator, Staircase 5.

Applications from those in receipt of major scholarships will only be considered if the principal grant-awarding body has also been approached. Applications must be supported by the applicant’s University Supervisor. All successful applicants will be expected to send a short report to the Dean of Graduates indicating how the money has been spent.

Arts & Sciences Senior Studentships

The College proposes to make elections to these Studentships. They will be tenable for one year, starting in October, with possible renewal for a second year. The Students will receive an annual stipend of approximately £600, above any other awards they may hold. In addition they will become members of the Senior Common Room and have certain dining rights. The successful candidates will be expected to be reading for a research degree of this University, or be intending to begin research in October of the same year.

The Studentships are restricted to existing graduate members of Pembroke College. The Studentships will be advertised in Trinity Term when details will be given regarding the application procedure. Further details can be obtained from the Graduate Administrator on Staircase 5.

Melandra Castle Trust Prize

This prize is awarded biennially (£500 in 2009-2010) to a graduate working in Archaeology, Classics, Ancient History or Education.The successful applicant should be planning a project or research in any one of these areas to enhance their studies, or for their own personal interest. Applications are also invited from postgraduate students, including PGCE trainees, who may be planning a project or research in another subject.

The Picot Prizes

These prizes are intended to assist undergraduates or graduates in enhancing their educational experience while at the College by undertaking study in an area which is not an essential part of their university course. While the study may be related to that course, that is not a requirement. An example could be to study a foreign the language and culture which is not the subject of the applicant’s university course. The study may take place anywhere in the world, and need not involve following a formal course. It must take place over the summer vacation, and be completed before completion of their final examination or (if a graduate) submitted their thesis.

A  Picot Prize winner (not pictured here).
A Picot Prize winner (not pictured here).

The amount of each prize awarded will be at the discretion of the College, provided that the total amount of money awarded in each year shall not exceed £5,000.

Applications are invited in Hilary Term and must set out the nature of the proposed study in detail, including its costs and a statement from a College tutor or supervisor that the applicant is making good progress in their course or research, that the proposed course of study is not essential to their course or research, and that the applicant’s academic work will not be impeded by undertaking the proposed study. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a report on their study after completion. Successful applicants are informed in Trinity Term.

Pier Giorgio Frassati Travel Scholarship

This prize is open to undergraduate or graduate members of College, not in their final year and prepared to take up the award in either the Easter or Long Vacation. The objective of the scholarship is to promote an understanding of environmental problems, their implications for future generations and possible solutions.

The College invites applications for four graduate scholarships, tenable whilst the recipient is liable to pay University and College fees. The recipients must be reading for a two or three year research degree at Oxford University starting in October 2011 or starting a Master’s degree with the intention of progressing to a research degree. The scholarships may be held in conjunction with another award. Two of the scholarships are limited to overseas applicants who have been awarded a Clarendon Fund Bursary and are for £5,500 per annum each. The preferred subject areas this year are from the Social Sciences, and the Humanities Divisions. The remaining scholarships are open to UK, EU or overseas applicants and are for £5,000 per annum each. The preferred subject areas this year are from the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences and Medical Sciences Divisions. All eligible candidates who list Pembroke as their College of preference will be considered for these scholarships automatically, and are only available to those admitted to Pembroke. If you have not listed Pembroke as your college choice, please notify the  Admissions & Access Officer that you would like to apply by 6 May 2011, stating the course you have applied for, whether or not you have already been made a firm offer of a place by the University, and your OSS number if known (this is quoted at the top of the offer letter from the relevant department if you have been made a firm offer).

Gordon Aldrick Scholarship

The Gordon Aldrick scholarship is available to applicants starting a two or three year research degree in the area of Chinese cultural history at Oxford University starting in October 2011. The award is renewable annually for the duration of the research period while the recipient is eligible to pay University and College fees, and is for £5,000 per annum. All eligible candidates who list Pembroke as their College of preference will be considered for these scholarships automatically, and are only available to those admitted to Pembroke. If you have not listed Pembroke as your college choice, please notify the  Admissions & Access Officer that you would like to apply by 6 May 2011, stating the course you have applied for, whether or not you have already been made a firm offer of a place by the University, and your OSS number if known (this is quoted at the top of the offer letter from the relevant department if you have been made a firm offer).

TEPCO Scholarship

The TEPCO Scholarship is available to applicants starting a two or three year research degree at Oxford University in the area of Japanese cultural studies. The award is renewable annually for the duration of the research period while the recipient is eligible to pay University and College fees, and is for £5,000 per annum. Please note this award is currently committed and is expected to be offered again in October 2013.

Stanley Ho Scholarship

Some Pembroke prizes are for specific topics or areas of national interest.
Some Pembroke prizes are for specific topics or areas of national interest.

The Stanley Ho Scholarship is available to applicants starting a two or three year research degree at Oxford University in the area of Chinese studies. The award is renewable annually for the duration of the research period while the recipient is eligible to pay University and College fees, and is for £5,000 per annum. Some opportunities for teaching may be available. Please note this award is currently committed and is expected to be offered again in October 2013.

Vocal Scholarships

A Vocal Scholarship is awarded each year to a suitably qualified student, whether graduate or undergraduate. Recipients do not need be studying Music. The scholar is entitled to 24 lessons without charge during the year from Nicola Harrison, Tutor in Singing and Interpretation. For more information please contact the Academic Office.

Venezuelan Scholarship

The Venezuelan scholarship is available to graduates of Venezuelan nationality undertaking postgraduate study at Oxford University, with preference for graduates studying Medical or Biological Sciences. The value of the award is around £12,000 per annum. This is expected to be offered again in 2011. For more information please contact the Admissions & Access Officer.