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Scholarships & Bursaries

St Mary's College has a comprehensive selection of scholarships and bursaries, thanks to the generosity of our donors. Scholarships and bursaries are available to provide financial support to undergraduate and postgraduate students and cases are considered on a case- by- case basis. At Mary's, our scholarships and bursaries help our students get the most out of the fantastic wider student experience at Durham University and better themselves academically, professionally, and personally. Below you will find details of many of the scholarships and bursaries available to Mary’s students, although this list is not exhaustive.

In addition to the numerous bursaries and scholarships available to be awarded before the beginning of each academic year, there are also opportunities for current students to apply throughout the year, details of which will be posted internally.

·      Undergraduate

·      Postgraduate

·      Financial Hardship Assistance

·      Awards for Current Students


Oakley Scholarship

The Oakley Scholarship has recently been generously established Oakley Scholarshipto support an undergraduate student in need of financial support. The grant will assist the successful applicant throughout their programme for three years of study (beginning academic year 2022/23), although there may be flexibility in covering an optional fourth year at a reduced level. The successful applicant will need to meet the essential eligibility criteria associated with this scholarship and demonstrate a willingness to contribute towards College life.

Find out more.



Prizes for Academic Achievement

We have a small number of academic prizes whichPrizes for academic achievement are made on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners at the end of each academic year. Students are contacted directly if they are the recipient of one of the prizes. The prizes include:

  • The Jean Cowling Prize in Theology
  • Frances Lee Jones Prize in Biological Sciences
  • Ruth Bostock Prize in English
  • Margaret Dunham Prize in English



University Scholarships and Bursaries

In addition to the above College Bursaries, there University Scholarships and Bursariesare a number of University scholarships and bursaries that students can apply for before starting their studies. For further information please visit:





PhD Scholarship

The St Mary’s College PhD Scholarship, includes PhD Scholarshipcontributions towards tuition costs, college accommodation, living costs, and other expenses. The Scholarship may be held in any department of Durham University. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and the potential to produce high quality research. The PhD Scholarship is open to students and alumni of St Mary’s College who have graduated in the last 3 years. Prior to submission, applicants should have discussed the proposed research with a suitable supervisor in their chosen academic department at Durham University and have secured support for their application. For further information and application form, please contact Assistant Principal, Emma Gray



St Mary’s College Student Opportunities Fund

(for current students)

This Fund is discretionary and combines a numberStudent Opportunities Fund of existing St Mary’s bursaries and awards and can help provide relief from hardship and monies to enable participation in the full range of opportunities that might otherwise be closed to students with limited means, so as to enable enrichment of their College and university experience.

Limited funds are available for distribution to assist current Mary’s students with travel, education, research, and other costs involved in College, Durham University, and outreach projects. Awards are typically made in the region of £100 – £200, although higher amounts may be awarded on occasion for outstanding applications.

Apply here.