Over the past few years, tuition fees for graduate students (determined by the University of Oxford) and living expenses in Oxford have risen considerably, with the effect that students who do not have fully funded packages or independent wealth are either deterred from applying here, or are unable to take up the place they have been offered on the basis of their academic achievements.
Ever since the establishment of Oxford's first-ever Middle Common Room for graduate students, Lincoln has led the way in supporting graduate education. Today, the #RoadTo2027 includes pathways for graduate student support with opportunities at every level of giving. Here is a story of how £50 and £100 gifts, a matching challenge, and a new endowment are adding up to make a meaningful difference for Lincoln's graduate students.
As a former Keith Murray Scholar and graduate student in social anthropology, Dr Shawn Landres (MCR 1996) was aware of the challenges faced by students and created a matched giving scheme to support graduate students at Lincoln. He has been matching alumni contributions annually for the past four years. Thanks to his support, and the support of alumni who responded to his challenge with individual gifts ranging from £10 to £1000, we have been able to award 14 students with grants of up to £500 each. These grants have eased financial hardships and helped students participate in important career advancement opportunities.
Inspired and encouraged by the reaction, Shawn now invites alumni to join him in ongoing support for Lincoln's graduate students. He has recently committed to endow a permanent graduate challenge to fund the matching challenge. We hope alumni will be encouraged to give towards the fund as each gift will be matched from the new endowment. Please click here (or here from the US) if you would like to support the challenge and give to our current graduate students. Please note in the comment box that you are supporting the Graduate Bursary Award.
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“I am deeply honoured to be a recipient of a Graduate Bursary Award this year. Your generous gift will be of valuable help in the payment of my tuition fees. Indeed, I am currently having to consider taking a student loan to pay for my next two years at Oxford; this award will therefore allow me to cut down considerably on the amount to borrow from a bank.” -Anonymous