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Current Funding Opportunities

Explore the many amazing opportunities below to support travel, research and special projects!  

Travel & Research Awards, Vacation Project Awards and Grants for Language Study are open.

Next deadlines for the Travel & Research Awards and Vacation Project Awards are 14 November for projects in Michaelmas Vacation 2022, 23 January and 20 February 2023 for projects in Easter Vacation 2023 and 1 May and 12 June for projects in the Summer Vacation 2023.



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The generosity of Wolfson alumni and other friends of the College makes the following awards possible.  Most are open to both undergraduates and postgraduates.  Explore the possibilities and apply now!

Teo Wang Gungwu Award in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

This award is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Anthony Teo in honour of the long and distinguished career of Professor Wang Gungwu and his outstanding scholarship in studies of China and the Chinese overseas.  Awards of up to £600 are available to support research and scholarship in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, particularly in fields related to East Asian studies.  Wolfson College undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply for this award to support their studies.  The award will be made on the basis of academic excellence, with a preference for students who require support to continue their studies of East Asia.

To apply:  Email a letter of application, stating the impact that this award will have on your studies, a brief CV, and the contact details of 1 academic reference by 7 February 2021 to: studentfinance@wolfson.cam.ac.ukEnsure that the subject line of your message includes the phrase 'Teo Wang Gungwu Award'.

Winners will be announced in February/March.

Burke's Peerage Foundation Awards

A generous annual gift from the Burke’s Peerage Foundation enables the College to offer grants of  £500 - £1000 to support the studies of Wolfson students working on 'heritage', broadly defined. Grants are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students working in areas relating to genealogy and personal heritage in the broadest sense, including but not limited to: history, literature, heritage studies, linguistics, biology, genetics, music, architecture or art.  Grants may be used to support research, conference travel, or other educational purposes that share the charitable aims of Burke's Peerage Foundation.

To apply, email the following in a single document by 17.00 on 7 February 2021 to:  studentfinance@wolfson.cam.ac.ukEnsure that the subject line of your message includes the phrase 'Burke's Peerage Grant Application'.

1) A short statement (500 words) describing the project that the grant will support. Your statement should make clear how your project engages with questions related to genealogy and/or heritage, and the impact that this project will have on your academic or career plans more generally.

2) A budget setting out the costs of your project and indicating any other available sources of support.

3) A short CV (2 pages).

4) The name and email address of your DoS and/or research supervisor (whom we will contact for an academic reference if you are shortlisted for the award)

Awards will be announced in February/March. Recipients may be invited to meet representatives of the Foundation. Each award proposal is – and should be!– unique, but you may find the reports of awards made in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 of interest.  

Wolfson College Travel & Research Awards

The College offers financial support to undergraduate and postgraduate students for expenses directly related to their course or research projects. Undergraduates and MPhil students should apply by 17.00 on 23 January for research or travel to be undertaken in March and April, and by 1 May for projects to be undertaken between May and October. Applications from PhD students will be considered for travel/research at any time, but they will only be assessed by committee on the dates advertised for the Student Finance Committee (application deadlines are currently 14 November, 23 January, 20 February, 1 May, 12 June). Only students who will still be enrolled as a student at Wolfson College in 2023/2024 are eligible for travel & research funding over the Long Vacation (June-September). Details and application information available here.

Wolfson College Vacation Project  Awards

The College makes up to 10 awards each year of up to £400 to support undergraduates and postgraduates to undertake activities that are broadly educational, but not specifically related to a student's course or degree project. Vacation projects might involve charitable work, language courses, unpaid internships or other, similarly educational activities. Applications must be submitted by 17.00 on 23 January for projects to be undertaken in March and April, and by 1 May for projects to be undertaken between May and October.  Only students who will still be enrolled as a student at Wolfson College in 2023/2024 are eligible for support over the Long Vacation (June-September).  A student may receive up to a total of £400 for vacation projects during the course of their studies at Wolfson. They may request this amount to fund a single project or apply for smaller amounts to fund several projects during their course of study. Preference will be given to first-time Vacation Project Award applicants. Details and application information available here.

Wolfson College Sports Awards

Applications for Sports Grants are open and will close on 17.00 on 23 January.  Grants of up to £200 are awarded to students who are competing  in Blue or Half-Blue Varsity Sports. Application information and forms available here.

Awards will be announced by the end of February.

Wolfson College Grants for Language Study

As part of its commitment to fostering cross-cultural collaboration and communication across borders, Wolfson College will be offering part-cost awards to support students–both undergraduate and postgraduate– who are pursuing the study of a language other than English through the Cambridge University Language Programme (CULP).  CULP offers weekly or bi-weekly classes in over a dozen languages throughout the year.  Most courses run from Michaelmas to Lent, but there are intensive course offerings in Easter and sometimes in the summer. The College will reimburse 50% of the cost of any course offered through CULP once a student has successfully completed the course.

How it works:

  • Students register and pay for the course of their choice, then attend weekly classes, complete assignments and sit exams as required.
  • After successfully completing the course, students submit the completion certificate and breakdown of marks to the Student Finance Officer together with a proof of payment (studentfinance@wolfson.cam.ac.uk).
  • A payment for 50% of the total course cost, (or the difference between the total cost of the course and any funding the student secures from another funder, whichever is less) will then be credited to the student's College account. 
  • Apply as soon as possible after completing the course, or within 30 days of receiving your marks.

Important notes:

  • Full-time students may apply for only one Language Study Grant per academic year. 
  • Part-time students may also apply for support, but their awards will be pro-rated in relation to the length of their course, i.e. one grant per two years.
  • 'Attendance-only' courses (eg 'Conversation Hours') are not eligible for support through this programme.
  • No awards will be offered to students who enrol in a course but do not complete it to a passing standard.
  • CULP also offers courses free-of-charge for specific academic purposes or subjects (i.e. medicine, natural sciences, music).  Information available here.


What's on

Photograph by Hannah Lister

Art Exhibition: 'Signs for the Living'

04/02/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Signs for the Living' featuring work by Hannah Lister, winner of this year's Wolfson Royal Academy Schools Graduate prize.


Lent Term College Service

07/02/2023 at 18.15

Wolfson's termly College Service led by our ecumenical Chaplaincy Team.

Old photograph album in the foreground; basket of old documents in the background

WolfWorks - Research data management for your dissertation or thesis

11/02/2023 at 10.00

A hands-on session to help you manage your data - whether copies of archival documents, interview transcripts, code or physical samples.

Photograph by Hannah Lister

Hannah Lister: Signs for the Living Exhibition Opening Event

14/02/2023 at 17.30

We warmly invite you to the opening night of Wolfson’s new exhibition: Hannah Lister - Signs for the Living.