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The Vice-Chancellors’ Fund

The Vice-Chancellors’ Fund provides awards of up to £3,000 to students in the final stages of their DPhil. 

The Fund has been established through donations by members of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors in honour of three recent Vice-Chancellors, Lord Neill of Bladen, Sir Richard Southwood and Sir Peter North.

Making an application

The application cycle for the 2019-20 academic year will open in January 2020.

The Vice-Chancellors' Fund is competitive, with a average success rate of around 20%.

Who is eligible to apply?

• Students should be planning to submit their thesis between 1 September 2020 and 31 March 2021.
• Students must have applied for confirmation of status by 31 January 2020 and this must be achieved by the end of the Long Vacation 2020. Please also note any deadlines for confirmation of status set by your department, as these may follow a separate timeline.
• Students must be able to demonstrate that they are in need of financial assistance.
• Students must be able to demonstrate that they are academically outstanding.
• Students should not be beyond their fourth year of study at the time of application.

How to apply and when is the application deadline?

The application form and guidance will be available from January 2020.

Please note that some colleges may have their own additional policies and deadlines regarding the submitting of VCF applications; please check with your college well in advance of the main deadline.

Students who have submitted complete applications will receive confirmation of receipt from Student Fees and Funding in February 2020.

How are students notified of the outcome?

Applications will be considered by the University Hardship Committee in Week 4 of Trinity term. Students will be informed of the Committee’s decision in June 2020.

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