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Pressland Fund Bursary Scheme

Pressland Fund

Bursaries for Language Study Abroad for Science and Medical Students

Administered by the Language Centre, the AJ Pressland Fund offers bursaries of up to £1,000 to support language study abroad for students within the Schools of Biological Science, Clinical Medicine, Physical Science and Technology.

Students should be planning to study a language overseas for up to 4 weeks during the Long Vacation and funds awarded may be used to support course fees, accommodation and travel as required.


Applications must be received by the advertised deadline in order to be considered. If you would like to apply but, for any reason, cannot meet the deadline, please contact us as soon as possible in advance of the deadline as it may be possible to seek a limited extension in exceptional circumstances.

In order to be eligible for a bursary, applicants must:

    • be current students of the University of Cambridge
    • be studying within one of the Schools of Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Technology or Clinical Medicine (see for details)
    • have a confirmed place to continue their studies at the University of Cambridge in the next academic year
      NB - you must be returning to study within one of the Schools mentioned above

Bursaries are intended for the benefit of the applicant only and are not transferable. Bursaries are for use during the long vacation in the year the award is made only and are not transferable; if successful applicants are not able to complete the course in the specified year, the bursary must be repaid in full and a new application submitted in the following year.

Eligible projects must:

    • enable the applicant to study a foreign language overseas
    • take place over the long vacation at the end of the current academic year
    • last not more than four weeks
    • be supported by a recommendation from your Tutor or Supervisor

Applicants should demonstrate that the following criteria are met:

    • Successful prior language learning (in the language needed where possible)
    • Demonstrable benefit to your studies, research and/or future career aspirations
    • Successful completion of CULP courses (in the Language Centre) where possible
    • You will be completing intensive (i.e. minimum 20 hours per week) language training

Please note that previous successful applicants are unlikely to be supported for a second time.

Applications can be made for:

    • course fees
    • travel costs *
    • accommodation **

* travel costs will only be met where language study is the main or only reason for your trip
** accommodation costs will only be met for the duration of the language courses

Further information is available from the Pressland Fund Administrator.

For additional advice on finding suitable language courses overseas, you may wish to attend one of the Language Centre Study Abroad Optional Workshops targeted specifically at Scientists scheduled for:

    • Thursday 01 March 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
    • Wednesday 07 March 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
    • Thursday 08 March 2018, 14:00 - 15:00

All workshop places to be booked online.

Applications should be submitted via the online system, which can be accessed here:

Applications must be submitted before midnight on the closing date. If you have any queries, please email

Successful applicants will be required to submit a project report by 31 October of the year in which the bursary is awarded. Reports will be considered by the Bursary Committee for an additional special award of £150. Previous successful reports can be seen here.

Winning Reports

All students who are awarded a Bursary from the A.J. Pressland Fund are required to produce a report following attendance at their courses abroad. Each year, the Bursary Committee select what they consider to be the best report and make an additional award of £150 to the winner.

Year Candidate Report
2017 This year we congratulate three students, Jane Grant (Winning report), Abigail Magrill (Runner up) and Raghul Parthipan (Runner up) for their outstanding reports. Congratulations to the three of them!
  Jane Grant attended an intensive course at France Langue Notre Dame School in Paris. Read her winning report
  Abigail Magrill attended an intensive Hebrew course at Ulpan Or in Jerusalem. Read her runner-up report
  Raghul Parthipan attended an intensive Chinese course at Peking University in Beijing. Read his runner-up report
2016 Congratulations to Maximilian N. Günther for his enthusiastic and outstanding report on Cuba after attending an intensive Advanced Spanish Course at the University of Havana. Read his winning report
2015 This year we congratulate two students, Parth Patel (Winning report) and Natasha Watts (Runner up), for their outstanding reports. Congratulations to them both!
  Parth Patel attended an intensive course at La Cooperativa Spanish School in San Pedro La Laguna in Guatemala. Read his winning report
  Natasha Watts attended an intensive Kiswahili course at the Iringa Swahili School, Tanzania, from 6th July to 28th September 2014. Read her runner-up report
2012 Congratulations to Alexandra Griffiths from Gonville and Caius who spent two weeks studying Spanish at the Sevilla Spanish School in Antigua, Guatemala as a prelude to her medical elective in Quetzaltenango. Read her winning report
2011 Congratulations to Helen Picot, an undergraduate student from Downing College studying Natural Sciences. Helen spent a month studying intermediate level Spanish at the Universidad de la Habana in Havana, Cuba. Read her winning report
2010 Congratulations to Nora Staack, a Sidney Sussex College student who is studying for her PhD in Engineering. In July 2010 Nora spent two weeks at the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo in Santander, Spain. Read her winning report
2009 Two prizes of £100 each were awarded for the best reports this year. Congratulations to Jack Gillett and Yassar Mustafa
  Trinity College student Jack Gillett who is studying for his PhD in Physics, attended a four-week course in Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University in August 2009. Read his winning report
  Yassar Mustafa of Downing College, is a post-graduate student studying Clinical Medicine. Yassar attended an Arabic Language for Workers in the Medical Field course in Cairo for three weeks during July and August 2009. Read his winning report
2007 Congratulations to Helen Clifford, a student at Sidney Sussex who is studying Natural Sciences, for winning the 2007 A J Pressland Fund Bursary Report Prize. Helen attended an Indonesian Cultural Language course in Labundo-Bundo on Buton island in South-East Sulawesi, Indonesia. Read her winning report
2006 This year the Committee awarded two prizes of £100 to Joseph Lim and Arne Nagengast for their outstanding reports. Congratulations to them both!
  Joseph Lim attended a High Intermediate Level Spanish course at Academia Mester, Seville, Spain, from 12th June to 30th June 2006. Read his winning report
  Arne Nagengast attended a French intensive course at Lyon Bleu International, Lyon, France, from 31st July to 11 August 2006. Read his winning report


The following forms can be downloaded here:

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