Applications Open for John Collins Social Action Bursaries

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8 February, 2017

Current students (undergraduate and postgraduate) are encouraged to apply for two John Collins Social Action Bursaries - closing date for applications is Friday 24th February.

Oriel's John Collins Social Action Bursaries are open to all students who wish to apply for funding to help them to engage in some form of project or activity promoting social betterment and public service. The bursaries are open to all current students, undergraduate and postgraduate, without reference to religious background.

The John Collins Society offers two Social Action Bursaries per year for the sum of no more than £1000 each, and priority will be given to those applications that display an innovative or creative approach to questions of social change. While applicants are free to combine a Collins Bursary with other forms of funding (eg. a College travel grant), priority will be given to those whose proposal is unlikely to secure funding elsewhere. Full details on the Bursary can be found on the application form.

Examples of how the Bursary has been used in recent years include:

  • 2016: Peter Cordon for an internship with Education Partnerships Africa, an organisation that works with rural communities in East Africa to improve the quality of secondary education: http://epafrica.org.uk/
  • 2015: Ramyia Elangovan for work with the Magic Beans project, which is a social enterprise run by students, who perform magic in the children's wards at John Radcliffe Hospital: http://www.magicbeans.org.uk/

How to Apply

To apply for a Social Action Bursary, please download the application form and send it, along with a statement of purpose no longer than 500 words and two references to the Chaplain: chaplain@oriel.ox.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 24th February.

All Collins Bursary recipients will be required to provide a brief written report to the organising committee once their project or activity is completed. Recipients will also be expected to make a public presentation about their work to the larger College community.