The College’s Sports Awards grants are available for small contributions to sport related expenses, incurred while students participate in their chosen sport at university level or above. There are special named Awards, including the Joan McGrath Sports Award, the Robin Sports Award and the Diana Lees-Jones Sports Award.
The awards will be open twice per academic year, closing on Wednesday 8 March in the Lent term and Wednesday 3 May in the Easter term. Apply here.
Students must append all relevant receipts to their application form.
If you have any questions about the Sports Awards please contact the Financial Welfare Office (email@example.com).
Students should complete the applications online by the stated deadline. If applying for more than one sport, additional application forms must be completed.
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible to apply.
- Awards will be made to those participating in sport at University level or above (not University Development Squads)
- University level is defined here as representing a 1st team, and in sports with Full Blue status, a 2nd team, consistently throughout the season.
- Grants may be awarded to students to assist in meeting costs provided that, in the opinion of the Committee and the Tutor, the case is a deserving one both academically and financially.
- The Committee will ensure that there is a fair distribution of the income recognising that the needs of individual sports vary.
- Grants will not normally be more than £250.00 per student per annum.
- Receipts must be appended to the application form. Screenshots of payment apps will be accepted.
- The names and sports of award recipients are added to the Sports Awards page on the Girton website, the Awards/Prizes noticeboard in College, and will appear in the College's Annual publication 'The Year' unless you opt out on the application form.
- The Committee's decision is final.
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These Awards do not carry additional remuneration in addition to that awarded by the Sports Awards Committee, but are awarded to those students showing outstanding standard, contribution and commitment to sport over a period of time, as a mark of very special sporting achievement over and above the high standards already required to be allocated a Sports Award by the Committee.
The Joan McGrath Sports Award
This Award is named for the late Joan McGrath who was a keen sportswoman as an undergraduate at Girton in the 1950s and throughout her life. She won Half-Blues for cricket and lacrosse in 1952 and represented the College at table tennis and tennis.
The Robin Sports Award
This Award is named by Susan Hunt who was an undergraduate in the 1970s. She played many sports while at Girton and went on to be Director of Strategy and Programme Management of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Diana Lees-Jones Award
This Award is named for the late Diana Lees-Jones who was an undergraduate at Girton in the 1950s. Diana Lees-Jones was a member of the University ski team as an undergraduate and having enjoyed her time at Girton enormously, was keen to continue to support sport at Girton.
Postgraduate Travel Awards
These are only available to Girton College students.
College Travel grants are allocated following an annual competition Travel Awards each year to postgraduate students. The proposed travel does not have to be directly related to academic study. Find out more about the Sidney and Marguerite Cody Studentship and the Kythe Waldram Travel Fund in the sections below. Information on applying for these awards will be available soon.
This is for a period of travel and study in continental Europe of up to twelve months and normally of not less than six months. This Studentship has a value of up to £3,000 and is open to Postgraduate members of any faculty, except English, who have completed less than nine terms in residence.
This was awarded to a Postgraduate for travel in 2022-23 and will be awarded to an undergraduate in 2023-24. It is intended for longer travel and not conference travel. The award has a value of £400.00
Girton offers a wide range of Music Awards. In addition to the Organ and Choral Scholarships awarded on entry to the College, Girton offers University Instrumental Awards, College Instrumental Awards and College Choral Exhibitions to students already in residence. There is also a prestigious College Music Scholarship.
Girton offers an exciting programme of services, recordings, concerts and international tours. These are delivered to a high standard on a moderate time commitment, while maintaining a sense of fun. There is little sense of the routine which afflicts some Cambridge choirs.
Girton College Chapel Choir has one of the most exciting touring schedules of all Cambridge choirs. Recent tour venues have included Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, the US and Canada, as well as most of the main European countries.
A Choral Scholarship at Girton will give you the opportunity to work alongside some of the leading professional musicians of the country. No other Cambridge college offers such a diverse range of experiences.
It is perfectly possible to fit choir membership in with other activities. As such, Girton is a choir particularly suited to talented musicians who have chosen the more onerous Tripos subjects, such as Natural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.
All Girton Choir members receive perks within college such as invitations to feasts and dinners. The College is also very supportive of choir activities, as noted above.
Come and judge for yourself! You are always welcome at a Girton service or a rehearsal, and the Director of Chapel Music will be happy to meet you in advance of the application process and hear you sing.
For details of how to apply for a Choral Scholarship, see here.
Instrumentalists at Girton are eligible for three types of award:
University Instrumental Awards
These awards are intended for advanced players who wish to devote much of their free time to chamber music. Candidates audition in the week before starting their course (i.e., after they have been awarded a place at Cambridge) and, if successful, they are placed in a chamber group which has access to coaching from some of the foremost musicians in the country. Full details of these awards can be found here.
Girton College Music Scholarship
This award is given to the musician who performs best in the Annual Music Awards Competition. It consists of some spending money, plus a major grant towards the costs of music lessons.
Girton College Instrumental Awards
These offer a small sum in spending money plus a significant grant towards the costs of music lessons. These awards are held for one year, but are renewable; they are awarded on the basis of a competition held each November of the academic year (i.e. after applicants have started their course at Cambridge).
In addition to these awards, Music students are given further generous support towards the cost of lessons.
An Organ Scholarship is a university award for particularly talented organists. As well as accompanying the Chapel Choir for weekly term-time services, and for extra activities of the Choir such as concerts, recordings and tours, the Organ Scholar will be involved in rehearsing and conducting the Choir. They will also be a pivotal figure in the wider musical life of the College. An Organ Scholarship is held for the duration of an undergraduate degree, and includes a major grant towards music lessons.
Why would I want an Organ Scholarship at Girton?
- Girton’s Chapel organ is widely acknowledged as one of the finest in Cambridge; it is a wonderful instrument to preside over for three years. Installed in 2002 by the Swiss firm, St-Martin, its four manuals and clever specification make it a particularly rewarding instrument to play. In a recent survey it was recognised as the most versatile of all the Cambridge chapel organs, and it is often used for University Organ Examinations.
- Girton College Chapel Choir has a busy and exciting programme of services, concerts, tours and recordings. This provides opportunities to play a very wide repertoire – an excellent preparation for life as a professional organist or church musician. In fact, many of the recent Girton Organ Scholars have gone on to major musical careers; for example in 2017, our current Senior Organ Scholar gained her ARCO while only in the second year of her degree. She has since been appointed Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
- Girton is a very attractive prospect for any musician. The Organ Scholar is a key member of the active College music society, which puts on weekly recitals and termly orchestral concerts. Within this framework there are ample opportunities for conducting and performing, both as soloist and accompanist. New ventures are always supported by the College.
- An Organ Scholarship at Girton will give you the opportunity to work alongside some of the leading professional musicians of the country. These musicians typically work very closely with the Organ Scholars, coaching them and playing with them in high-profile concerts. No other Cambridge College offers such a diverse range of experiences.
- As Organ Scholar at Girton, you would be provided with one of the most luxurious rooms in College for all three years, a piano (a Blüthner grand for the Senior Organ Scholar), and invitations to College dinners and feasts. The College is very supportive of the Choir’s activities, as noted above.
- The moderate time commitment in comparison to colleges of comparable standard means that you have time to practise solo repertoire, learn recital programmes, get involved in university music-making, and even pursue other interests! The Girton Organ Scholarship is particularly suitable for those wishing to read some of the more onerous Tripos subjects, such as Engineering or Natural Sciences, in a way that is not possible at colleges with three or more weekly services. That said, many Music students have also held the Girton Organ Scholarship.
- Although the main duty of the Organ Scholar is to accompany, a flexible approach to allocation of work allows you to gain as much conducting experience as you wish.
How many scholars do you have?
- Girton has two Organ Scholars (a ‘Junior’ and a ‘Senior’) at any one time. This means that elections are normally made twice in every three-year period.
How do I get in touch?
- You are always welcome at a Girton service or rehearsal, and the Director of Music or Director of Chapel Music will be happy to meet you and hear you play in advance of the application process.
- You can also get in touch with the current Organ Scholars to ask for their opinion and advice.
How do I apply?
- The next appointments will be for 2023
- For details on how to apply for an Organ Scholarship, please see the University of Cambridge website here.