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Funding and prizes

Scholarships and prizes

Hughes Hall offers several full and partial scholarships open to all applicants, as well several top-up awards for current and former students.

Hughes Hall is delighted to award college prizes, kindly provided by many different benefactors. These general and subject-specific prizes are awarded to all students who achieve an overall First Class Honours or Distinction on their undergraduate or postgraduate course, or receive a departmental or national/international prize. Congratulations to our recent prize-winners!

Travel and conference grants

Education Unlocked Travel Grants

Many kind donors responded to a 2019 campaign to support Hughes Hall Education students taking postgraduate degrees. The college is extremely grateful for this financial support, and is providing matching funding. As a result, we can offer to Faculty of Education PhD and MPhil students annual grants for travel to conferences or other course-related work (up to £250 p.a.), plus a once-only supplement for pilot study or fieldwork (£100).

For further details and to apply, see the Education Unlocked Travel Grant Application Form.

Edwin Leong Travel Grants

Dr Edwin S.H. Leong has provided a very generous benefaction to Hughes Hall to fund student travel, and we are extremely grateful for this financial support. As a result, Hughes Hall can offer travel grants (normally up to £250 p.a.) for all other subject areas, to:

  • all PhD students, to travel to conferences or other course-related work
  • full-time masters students, to travel to conferences or other course-related work
  • medical students, to travel for electives
  • BA students, to fulfil compulsory requirements outside Cambridge

For further details and to apply, see the Edwin Leong Travel Grant Application Form.

General Prizes

Burnett Prizes for BA and some taught masters

These prizes are provided by an anonymous donor in memory of Elizabeth Mabel Burnett, who overcame
many difficulties to give her children the higher education and independence which were denied to her.

£200 for First Class in final year BA
£100 for First Class or Distinction in LLM, MASt, MCL, MEng, MMath, MSci
£50 for First Class in non-final year BA or Merit in MASt
£50 for receiving a departmental or national/international prize

Johnston Prizes for other masters and all doctoral courses

These prizes are provided by college members in honour of Philip Johnston, Senior Tutor 2009-21.

£100 for Distinction in any Masters course not noted above
£50 for receiving a departmental or national/international prize

Subject Prizes

The Jeffrey W. Cook Prizes in Law

£250 for the highest First Class Law BA finalist of the year
£250 for the highest First Class Law BA (affiliate) finalist of the year
£250 for the highest First Class LLM of the year

Grossman Prize in Economics

This prize is provided by friends of Hughes Hall Neil and Mindy Grossman.
£250 for the highest First Class Economics BA finalist of the year

Powell Prize in Religious Studies

This prize was provided by Helena Powell, Principal 1902-08, to encourage Religious Studies.
£200 for First Class, Distinction or equivalent in any relevant examination

Lowman Prize in Education

This prize is awarded by Cambridge Assessment to the ‘highest among those training at Hughes Hall to be
teachers of English Language and Literature’ (Syndicate minutes, 1995).
£100 for the best PGCE student in English language and literature

Godwin – Raffan Prizes in Medicine and Education

These prizes are provided by Life Fellows Ray Godwin and John Raffan to reward able students in their own
fields of expertise, Medicine and Education respectively.
£200 for Distinction in the Bachelor of Medicine Part III or the MPhil in Education
£50 for receiving a Clinical School Prize in Medicine or Faculty Prize in Education in any year

Hoskote Prizes in English

£250 for the highest First Class English BA finalist of the year
£100 for Distinction in MPhil English

Dineen Prize for PGCE Classics

£100 for the outstanding PGCE Classics student of the year

Language course support

The college gives some financial support to students who study a language other than English alongside their course, normally through the Language Centre’s programme (CULP). Support is normally given at the end of the course, and only once per year. To apply, complete and submit the Language Learning Support Form together with your CULP receipt. Note that applications received after your course end-date or thesis submission, or for funding after then, will not normally be considered.

Varsity sport support

The college gives some financial support to students who participate in university sports at first and second team level. To apply, complete and submit the Varsity Sport Application Form together with a letter on headed paper from the club secretary. Note that applications received after your course end-date or thesis submission will not normally be considered.

PhD thesis binding support

Hughes Hall is happy to contribute towards the costs of binding one copy of your PhD thesis. To apply, complete and submit the PhD Thesis Binding Support Form along with your receipt.