Undergraduates today leave university with unprecedented debts.
Their ability to undertake graduate study is further diminished by the slashes in funding available from research councils. And it is not only universities that value graduate learning: graduates studying for Masters and DPhils bring the knowledge and skills they have developed into industry as well as into academia. The complex global issues that face the next generation require expertise and insight from fields as diverse as international development, financial analysis, economy and climate change, as well as a strong steer on ethics and law, creativity, communication and problem-solving.
With this in mind, Hertford has increased its investment in graduate scholarships over the past four years. Hertford’s academics are committed to ensuring that the very best students are able to undertake graduate research – not just those who are in a position to self-fund.
Supporting the best students
Donations from Hertford friends and alumni have made an enormous difference to our ability to support outstanding graduates with scholarships. There are three types of scholarship:
Donations towards graduate scholarships allow us to build up our ability to respond to co-funding opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have been able to find co-funding opportunities with faculties and departments, which in turn means that our donors’ collective contributions to the college are maximised. In the past three years we have offered 20 graduate scholarships through co-funding.
Gifts of £5,000-£10,000 allow us to offer students a Senior Scholarship. These are college awards that help students who are partway through their DPhil to reach the end of the process, often when their initial funding has run out. We offer between five and eight Senior Scholarships each year, depending on funds available.
One of our Senior Scholarships is the Alain Locke Senior Scholarship.
Donations to create a fully funded scholarship are the most generous way to support graduates. Fees vary by subject, but as a guide £22,000 a year for three years will provide a full scholarship for a UK/EU DPhil student in most subjects. £35,000 for three years would support a full scholarship for an overseas student in most subjects.
The college awards £100 to all students who receive a First in their Finals. Donations have allowed us to increase these prizes in particular subjects, so a First in Physics Finals will be awarded £150, while a Finalist in Geography or Law could receive £500 for a First. We would like to increase these prizes to a minimum of £250 for each subject and where possible endow them for the future.
- A gift of £3,500 would endow a student prize of £100 in perpetuity. This could be awarded for excellent performance in exams or for consistent improvement throughout the academic year