Studentship FAQs

How many Studentships are awarded each year?

The number and the value of awards varies from year to year and is dependent on many factors, including the number and quality of applicants and the duration and value of awards from previous years. All subjects are included and studentships are awarded on the merit of the application and qualifications of the applicant. The Trinity Hall Review for the preceding years publishes details of previous year’s Studentship awards.

When should I apply?

The earlier the better. Your University on-line application will need to be seen by the department before being passed on to a college. This may be seen by more than one college which will require time for it to be reviewed and passed on. Apply early and allow the colleges and departments sufficient time to review your application before approaching deadlines.

Do I need to send additional references or further information?

No. All necessary information, including references, transcripts and research proposals, will be provided as part of your University on-line application.

What if I'm not eligible for any of the 'Specific Studentships'?

All students accepted for College membership by 11 March 2024 will automatically be considered for the Trinity Hall Research Studentships, which are open to postgraduate students in all subjects.

What if I get accepted by another College?

You make your college choices on your University on-line application and you will be considered by each college in order of preference. If you are accepted by another college, Trinity Hall will not receive your application so you will not be considered for a Trinity Hall Postgraduate Research Studentship. However, if applicable, you may be considered for a subject-specific studentship but you must be willing to transfer to Trinity Hall.

When will I hear the outcome?

Applications will be considered by the College’s Studentship Committee after the 11 March 2024 deadline. You will hear one way or the other by the end of June 2024, but you may hear at any stage during the time from the closing of the applications procedure. This is due to the complicated nature of funding offers and variable deadlines across colleges, the University and Research Councils so you may not hear back immediately. Should you have other opportunities pending it is perfectly acceptable to contact Clare Kerr, Postgraduate Administrator, to check the progress but only if you are considering an alternative offer.

What if I receive funding from another source?

You must notify Trinity Hall immediately of any funding you may receive either before or after you submit your application. The College reserves the right to withdraw funding and it is very important that you accept other funding to allow Trinity Hall to provide as many Studentships as possible. The College will reduce your Studentship by the amount you have been awarded by any other funding source, if it exceeds your total fee and maintenance costs as set down in university guidelines. For example if Trinity Hall offers you a fully funded Studentship of £30,000 and you gain funding from another source of £10,000 your Trinity Hall studentship would be reduced by £10,000.

How do I fund my fourth year?

PhD funding is for three years (9 terms) unless otherwise stated and it is expected that you will complete within that period. Trinity Hall does offer 10th term funding.