SMCS Book Fund Application

The SMCS Book Fund is intended to support students experiencing financial hardship to purchase essential academic texts for their course.

Before Applying

Before applying for the SMCS Book Fund, please consider if you could obtain the books you require by asking the Librarian in College if they can be ordered. The Library has a budget to spend on books each year and are always happy to receive and consider requests. Given the limited nature of our funding, this may be a more fruitful route by which to obtain the books you require.


You may apply for funding to buy academic books/printed study materials directly related to your course of study.

You are eligible to apply if you are a registered full time student currently studying for a University of Durham degree, formally attached to St Mary’s College. You may be at any stage of your studies, undergraduate or postgraduate.

If successful, we ask that you write a brief quote about how the fund has aided your study (for use in future advertisement and fundraising activities) and to donate any usable (i.e. non-annotated) books to the College Library after your studies so that future students may benefit.


You must download an application form from the bottom of this page and complete it in full by Sunday 28th October. Use the guide document to help you. Instructions on where to send the completed form are on the form itself.

The applications will be considered by the SMCS Book Fund Committee. Membership will be:

Chairman – Mr Andy Hopkins
JCR Representative – JCR President
College Representative – The Vice Principal
MCR Representative – MCR President
Society Representatives – Steven Spencer and Timothy Hughes.

Following a meeting of this committee, successful applicants will be informed and arrangements made for the payment of awards. This will be via cheques issued by the College Finance Office. We aim to inform applicants by Monday 5th November. 

Please note that the decision of the Committee is final and there is no right of appeal.


Remember, there are limited funds and despite our desire to fund every application, we have to select only a proportion of applicants to receive awards. Therefore, the quality of your application is important. Pay particular attention to explaining how the books will enhance your ability to study your chosen course(s) and do mention any circumstances which give rise to financial hardship. It is also essential that you use a level of English that is commensurate with academic standards.

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Book fund application form 18-19

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