Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships

Cambridge and Newnham are able to provide a range of bursaries, grants and scholarships to support students financially. This is not money that has to be paid back.

All Newnham students have a Tutor who can help you find the financial support you need and help you through the application process if necessary.

Newnham Bursaries

Newnham are able to offer many bursaries to students, which are awarded on hardship grounds. They may be given in addition to the Cambridge Bursary or to students not eligible to the Cambridge bursary. Each case is assessed individually and can range in value from £200 to £2000.

All home undergraduates are eligible for this bursary.

Applications for this bursary are made in October, once students are in residence, and students can expect to receive the money by the end of Week 3.

Cambridge Bursaries

All home undergraduates are eligible for this bursary. These bursaries are automatically awarded to eligible students who have applied to student finance and no additional application is needed. More information about Cambridge bursaries can be found here.

Student Rent Bursaries

Newnham students who receive a Cambridge or Newnham Bursary are also given an Rent Bursary, which can vary in value from £100 to £500. These bursaries are deducted from the Lent Term College bill just after Christmas.

Mobility Support

This offers financial assistance to students with mobility problems with expenses such as taxi fares and students can contact their tutor for information on how to apply.

Student Book Grants

If you need to buy specific books throughout your degree you can apply at the beginning of Lent Term for grants towards the cost of these. The book must already be purchased when applying and you must submit the receipts with the application.

Typically college awards 50-60% of the cost of the books, with an upper limit of £250.

Students Travel Grants and the US Travel Bursary

There are a wide range of funds to support travel costs in the vacations, some of which are subject specific. As well as subject specific funds there are Newnham’s normal travel grants for academic or career related travel, which range in value from £320 to £460, with a small number of grants made up to £1000.

The US travel bursary is worth $4,000 and is for travel to and within the USA during the summer vacation.

Student Equipment Grants

This grant provides money for scientific or other technical equipment for the individual use of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Funds for language courses

You can study optional language courses with the University Language Centre. Newnham can offer grants of 50% of the cost of the course, to a maximum of one course per term.

Research Expense Grants

This fund is intended to cover the cost of term time expenses associated with dissertation or project work.

Funds for music

The Leslie Betts Fund provides a small number of grants (normally <£90) for music expenses. 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.

Music Organisers are responsible for organising college concerts in collaboration with the Senior Music Advisors and the Raleigh Music Society. This role commences in January and runs for one year. 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. 

There are a number of Instrumental/Vocal awards of £150 each towards music lessons, which are awarded early in Michaelmas Term. Undergraduates, postgraduates and graduates are all eligible, except those holding Intercollegiate Instrumental Awards or College choral awards.

Choral Awards

Choral Scholars receive a small financial award each year, currently £100, and receive a subsidy towards singing lessons. They also get a free meal on Sundays, 50% off the cost of Formal Halls after Evensong on weekdays, free accommodation if they are in college out of term time on choir duties, subsidised choir tours and free day trips for concerts around the country.

If you are interested in applying for this award consider going to one of the University Open Days for prospective Choral Award applicants.

University Instrumental Awards

This award enables gifted players to reach a high standard of performance in chamber music playing. Award holders are expected to give priority to rehearsals with their ensemble and free professional coaching is provided for all ensembles. The award can also offer subsidies towards individual music lessons.

Instrumental Awards are open to performers on any of the following: violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, piano. Auditions will be held at the beginning of October, just before the start of your first term.

Opportunity Grants

This is intended to enable students to do things that they would otherwise be unable to do and can be used for a wide variety of things.

Scholarships and Prizes

A first class in the summer exams, if you are staying on for a further year of study, is rewarded with a £500 scholarship. Students gaining firsts for all or part of an exam may be awarded one or more £50 or £100 prizes.

For more information about any of these grants please check out the Newnham College website: https://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/bursaries-grants/