Finance and Funding

It costs no more to attend the University of Oxford than it does to attend most other UK universities. At Lincoln College we subsidise food and accommodation, and have a very generous funding package to help support our undergraduate students.

Lincoln students in the JCR

We offer a large number of bursaries and hardship awards, as well as prizes for academic achievement, grants for travel, and funds to support extra-curricular activities; none of which need to be repaid and all of which are made in addition to any financial support you may get from the University of Oxford.

We want our students to get the most out of their time here, without having to worry about their finances.

To be considered for some of financial support at Oxford that looks at your household income, it is really important that you grant permission for you university to have access to this information when you apply for Student Finance (such as through Student Finance England). This will allow us to reach out to you to offer some of the financial support described below.

Support from the University of Oxford

Oxford Bursaries

The University operates the Oxford Bursaries scheme to offer non-repayable grants and bursaries to UK and EU students from lower income backgrounds to help with the costs of studying and living in Oxford. To be eligible you need to be studying for your first undergraduate degree (or graduate entry Medicine) and your household income needs to be below a certain threshold.

Please see the University website for more information.

The Crankstart Scholarships

The Crankstart Scholarship, available through the University of Oxford, provides support to UK residents from lower-income households who are studying for their first undergraduate degree. Crankstart scholars are awarded a non-repayable bursary, access to funded internships, volunteering opportunities, and social and community building events.

Please see the University website for more information.

Support for students who are care leavers or estranged from their family

The University is committed to supporting students who are care leavers or who do not have the support of their families. To access some of this targeted funding, you do not have to be legally estranged from your family (as you do for Student Finance).

Please look at the University website for information on eligibility criteria and the amount of funding available.

Support from Lincoln College for Students in Financial Need

Lincoln College offers a large number of up-front, non-repayable bursaries to students from lower-income households. These are awarded in addition to the funding and bursaries available through the University of Oxford.

In 2019-20, we awarded £116,300 in bursaries that were paid directly to undergraduate students at Lincoln.

There is no application form to fill in for these bursaries. Eligible candidates are identified by the College's Student Support and Hardship Panel, using information on household income provided by the student finance organisations. The College will consider a range of factors in addition to household income. In most cases, the awards are renewed each year until the end of the student's undergraduate course.

Hardship Grants

We also have a substantial hardship fund to support students at Lincoln who encounter unforeseen financial problems.

Additional Bursaries

The following bursaries are available to current undergraduate students. Please note, all undergraduates are eligible to apply, but financial information must be provided to the selection panel.

The Blackstaffe Bursary

This is awarded to an undergraduate who has incurred additional expenditure in order to meet the academic requirements of their course (e.g. extended terms, compulsory fieldwork, compulsory travel). Value: £400.

The Mary Kift Awards

These are awarded to undergraduates in need of additional support to complete their course requirements. Value: Up to £600.

Lord Crewe Finalists Grant

These are awarded to support final-year undergraduates who wish to remain in Oxford to revise during the Easter vacation. Value: £250.

Awards for Academic Achievement

The following awards are made to mark academic achievement, based on recommendations from subject tutors. All Scholarships and Exhibitions are held for the duration of the academic year, and can be renewed based on consistent work and progress. They are awarded to undergraduates from the second year onwards. We also award a range of prizes to students who do well in College Collections (which are exams taken at the College) or University Examinations.

Scholarships (£300) and Exhibitions (£150)

These are awarded to undergraduates to mark academic achievement.

Gluckstein Scholarship (£700)

These are awarded to undergraduates reading Law, normally in the first term of their final year, who have demonstrated academic excellence and show promise for a successful career in the legal field.

Lord Crewe Scholarships (£700)

These are awarded for outstanding academic work.

Peter Atkins Scholarships (£700)

These are awarded for outstanding work by undergraduates in Chemistry.

Stephen Gill Scholarships (£700)

These are awarded for outstanding work by an undergraduate in English Literature and Language.

Old Members’ Exhibition Trust Scholarships (£300) and Exhibitions (£150)

These are awarded to undergraduates who make an outstanding contribution to the College community, in addition to meeting the academic standards required for a Scholarship or an Exhibition.

The Stansbie Prize

This prize is awarded for the best performance in a science Final Honours School.

The Anne-Marie Drummond Prize

This prize is awarded for the best performance in a humanities of social sciences Final Honours School.

The Kenneth Sears  Prize

This prize is awarded for the best final year thesis in History or any join school with History.

The Fairbrother Prize

This prize is awarded for the best undergraduate essay on a topic in Philosophy.

Support for Academic Projects

Senior Tutor’s Fund (up to £200)

These grants support academic-related projects directly connected to an undergraduates’ studies (e.g. research trips, conferences).

Book Grants (up to £100)

Lincoln offers a book grant programme, which refunds you up to 50% of the cost of essential texts.

EPA Trust Grants: Support for Summer Research Placements

Undergraduates studying Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Physics, and Engineering (particularly where there is a connection with the biosciences) are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to cover the cost of a summer research placement (based on a maximum of £250 per week for 8 weeks).

These grants are intended to support students in gaining research experience that will benefit their future careers.

Travel Grants

Thanks in part to the generosity of alumni, Lincoln offers a number of travel grants to undergraduates to support trips linked to their studies. These grants include:

General Travel Grants (£100 and £200)

These grants support travel directly connected to an undergraduates’ studies or for travel that has educational or cultural value, or for charitable purposes.

Modern Linguists’ Grant (£200)

Students studying Modern Languages are eligible for this grant (in addition to the general travel grant). This can be used to help fund the cost of the year abroad, or for a separate visit to the country whose language is being studied.

The Clifford and Mary Angell Travel Awards (£400-£800)

These awards are intended to provide opportunities for travel and education overseas (e.g. exchange programmes, conferences, fieldwork, site visits, summer schools etc.).

Kenneth Sears Travel Grants (£200)

These awards are available to second and third year undergraduate historians to support travel connected with their historical studies, particularly, but not exclusively, in preparation for their final year thesis.

The Felicity Brown Fund (£200)

Established in memory of Felicity Brown, a former medical student at Lincoln, the Fund enables a student to travel and undertake charitable work (that may otherwise have been unaffordable). Clinical medical students are also eligible to apply for this grant to help with travel in their elective period.

2027 Medical Award (£500)

The award is intended to support a medical student undertaking a research, or extending their medical knowledge in other interesting ways.

Support for Other Projects (Sport, Music, etc.)

The Annual Fund

This fund supports projects that are not connected to your studies. However, the project should benefit members of the Lincoln community. Previous projects supported include the Lincoln Leads lecture series, the Choir tour, and the Musical Revue.

Blues Fund

You can be awarded a ‘Blue’ or ‘Half-Blue’ when you win a place on one of the University sports teams and compete at a high level. We support Lincoln students through the Blues Fund, which helps cover the costs associated with sports, including training sessions, kit, and equipment (up to £500).

The Blockley Rowing Award

The Blockley Rowing Award was kindly donated by the Blockely family in memory of their son, Leo (Lincoln, 2000).

It is awarded to a current student member of the Lincoln College Boat Club trialling for any of the University rowing squads on an annual basis.

Organ and Choral Scholarships

We have two organ scholars at any one time. They are at the heart of musical life in College and can shape the Choir through their choice of repertoire, as well as planning tours and recordings. The Hollingsworth (Senior) Organ Scholar is awarded an annual scholarship of £500, and the Junior Scholar is awarded an annual scholarship of £350. The College also pays for organ and conducting lessons for both scholars. Organ scholars may read Music, English, Engineering, or Biochemistry. Prospective organ scholars are welcome to get in touch with the Chaplain or current organ scholars before making an application; please contact the Admissions Officer to arrange that.

There can be up to eight choral scholars (Lincoln students) and exhibitioners (students across the University) in the Choir at any time. They receive an annual award of £100 and are offered free individual singing lessons. There is no application process; scholars and exhibitioners are selected by audition and interview from the members of the Choir.

Anna Gunstone

Lincoln supports its students on an individual level, providing academic, welfare, and financial support where needed, and on a communal level through providing funding and facilities for projects and societies such as the Lincoln College Music Society and the annual musical production.

Anna Gunstone
  • Second-year undergraduate, Music
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