Trust Funds

The Department of Zoology has a number of trust funds which provide support to undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, research fellows and academic staff from within and outside Oxford University. Listed below are details of the funds available and who is eligible to apply for them. For further information contact the Zoology Trust Funds Administrator at:

A: Trust funds open to applications from undergraduates

 Below are details of the trust funds managed by the Department of Zoology of the Department of Plant Sciences. Attached here is a list of other sources of funding available to undergraduates. 

1. David Kirby Memorial Fund  

This fund is available to undergraduates at Oxford University studying Biological Sciences or Human Sciences. Awards of up to £500 are made annually to support students who wish to undertake a piece of research in collaboration with a member of the University, either based in Oxford or elsewhere. Research can be carried out in any field of biology (when other factors are equal, a preference is given to projects in the field of reproduction). All work must be undertaken in a vacation in the first, second or third year, but cannot take place after the Final exams.   For information on how to apply please email:

2. Mike Soper Bursary Fund and Jimmy Elliot Memorial Fund 

These two funds are available to students studying biological sciences at Oxford University to enable them to: pursue their studies outside Oxford, attend conferences and broaden their professional experience. Suitable projects might include student-run expeditions or field work that will form part of an assessed research project. Priority will be given to: those whose studies relate to agriculture, forestry or some other use of rural land use; and to undergraduates (although graduate students may also be considered). In the past a low priority has been given to applications from students participating in “volunteer conservation vacations” that charge large fees to participants.
 Further information about these funds can be obtained from:

B: Trust funds open to applications from graduate students, postdocs, research fellows and academic staff

1. Varley Gradwell Travelling Fellowships in Insect Ecology   -

This Fellowship is open to graduate students, postdocs and research fellows from within and outside Oxford University. Applications are judged on their practicality and potential to make a contribution to insect ecology. Up to £2500 is available. Full information on how to apply please click here.  For details on how to apply please email  the Secretary to the Board of Management at:  

Reports by previous Varley Gradwell Fellows.

2005 *  2006 *  2007 *  2008  * 2009 * 2010  *  2011 * 2012 * 

2. Elizabeth Hannah Jenkinson Fund-  

This Fund  supports  research on the developmental biology of invertebrate or vertebrates. Applicants must be researchers within the Department of Zoology (graduate students, postdocs, research fellows and academic staff). Grants are usually less than £2,500 although some larger applications are occasionally considered.  For further information please contact:  

3. The Boise Fund -      

The Boise Trust Fund was established by Charles Watson Boise to support research on the antiquity and evolutionary origin modern Homo sapiens and other hominins, with particular emphasis on the continued exploration of appropriate sites in Africa, and on the early migration of Palaeolithic communities.  Applications are open to Oxford University-based researchers and graduate students.  For details on how to apply  contact: (Secretary to the Boise Trust Fund).