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Durham University

St John's College

St John's Student Opportunities Fund

College has limited funds that are available for distribution each year to assist current St John’s students with travel, education, research, and other costs involved in College, charitable and outreach projects.

Awards are typically made in the region of £100 – £250, though higher amounts may be awarded on occasion for outstanding applications.

The Senior Common Room contributes annually to the Fund to support 3 – 4 outstanding applications with additional funds.


  • Current John’s Hall and Cranmer undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Full and part time home, EU and overseas students are eligible.
  • Projects which support the applicant’s academic studies and development (e.g. academic conferences, fieldwork for research projects).
  • Projects which helps the applicant to widen or improve their life skills.
  • Projects which have a social benefit in the local area where the applicant will work or study.
  • Exclusions: summer schools, internships, and trips which are directly related to the applicant’s required coursework (unless research related); direct payments to charities; and membership of College clubs and societies.
  • Previous award holders may re-apply but will not be given preference.

Assessment criteria

Applications are judged on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the project to the College ethos and values.
  • Clearly articulated project and (where applicable) appropriate research questions and methods.
  • Specificity – sufficient, detailed information of the specific content and context of the outlined project.
  • A clear and accurate budget detailing the proposed use of funds, with evidence for costs.
  • For research and fieldwork – academic reference.
  • For academic conferences – presentation proposal.
  • Financial need – priority may be given to self-funded students.

Terms and conditions

  • Eligible costs include conference fees, travel, accommodation and subsistence and other reasonable expenditure related to the research activity.
  • Applicants may only receive one award from the Fund per academic year.
  • Travel and other expenditure under the grant must take place/be incurred before the next term’s deadline for applications. Retrospective applications will not normally be considered. The panel meets once every term.
  • Awardees from the SCR funds must be willing to give a presentation of their project to the SCR members.
  • Successful applicants must submit an article (500-1000 words) about their research activity, with photos, which may be published in the College blog, St John’s Chronicle. An article of 300-500 words may also be published in the College Record, the annual magazine that is sent to all St John’s alumni. If your article is published, it will be read by the alumni and friends of College who contribute financially to the Student Opportunities Fund. An award holder who does not wish their photo/name to be used on the website should inform the College at the point of the award being made.
  • If the project does not go ahead, the recipient must repay the award.
  • Successful applicants must submit receipts for payments for which the award was made.
  • Failure to comply with the terms and conditions will result in the award being withdrawn and the recipient will be requested to repay payments made.

For further information about the application process, please contact

Deadline for applications 2020/21 are 14 November 2020, 14 February 2021 and 20 May 2021.
Personal details

This has 9 digits and starts 000, e.g. 000012345.

Bank details
This is for payment of any award granted. If you prefer, you can email your bank details to if you receive confirmation of an award.
Your studies
Your project
This is where you tell us about what you are applying for funds for. Please study the guidelines above on eligible projects and costs in detail before completing this section.

Please choose the category that best fits your project.

This should be brief and self-explanatory, e.g. “Summer schools outreach project in Byker, Newcastle”, “Presenting paper at BASEES, Cambridge”, or “Charity visit to Tanzania”.

(E.g. yourself, a charity, an academic association, etc).

Please provide a detailed outline of your project. For outreach and volunteering, please explain the background of the project and any ethical considerations. For academic conferences, please confirm if you are presenting and provide an outline of your paper, and the date you are presenting. For research fieldwork, provide appropriate research questions and methods and whether you have gained ethical approval.

Privacy notice
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Terms and conditions
Please see the information about terms and conditions in the guidance text above.

The Student Opportunities Fund enables Johnians to be involved in worthwhile projects all over the world. To find out more about Johnian adventures, browse through the John's Chronicle.

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