Funding, Scholarships and Prizes (UG)

Modern European Languages Scholarship (MELS)

The Modern European Language Scholarships were launched in 2014 and aim to attract the most outstanding language students to UCL

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Programme-specific Opportunities

French Studies


  • Carson Pratt Mature Student Scholarship (£800 each year)
    This scholarship is open to mature undergraduate (those who were aged 21 or over when they first registered at UCL.) An award is made on the basis of need and dedication to learning. Preference may be given to applicants over the age of 35. Applicants should be going into year 2 or the final year in the session following their application.
  • L.M. Rothschild Scholarship in French (£500 each year)
    This scholarship is awarded to finalists planning to undertake study at MA level, on the basis of academic merit. Applications should be sent to the Head of the French Department by mid-May. Candidates for an MA should include details of their academic record and the research work they intend to pursue (one page).


  • Eva Grunwald Memorial Prize (Book Prize - £30)
    Criteria for eligibility: Most deserving undergraduate students in the College taking less than half of their programme in French - 1.5 course units (cu) or less in any one year, e.g. students doing: History with a European Language, Language and Culture, ESPS French minor or joint major, or students from other departments at UCL
  • Violet Hall Prize - (Book Prize - approx. £50)
    Criteria for eligibility: An undergraduate in the French Department.
  • Rosa Morison Prize (Sessional Prize - £30 each)
    The number of prizes depends on the number of undergraduate students with the department for the academic session. Criteria for eligibility: Year One or Year Two students - for work for the session considered of good Honours standard.
German Studies
  • Quinault Travel Bursary

We are fortunate enough to offer one travel and research bursary to Germany for the summer of 2023, to the value of £500.

This competition is open to any student, undergraduate or postgraduate, for whom German makes up a substantial component of their degree programme, including Comparative Literature, BA Language and Culture, or EISPS. Its purpose is to fund a research visit to Germany during the summer to undertake an independent research project of a literary, cultural, historic, film-related or linguistic nature.

Applicants should submit an outline of a travel and research proposal (1,000-1,500 words) to Programme Director, by 8th May 2023. The winner will be announced as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will be expected to write a report on returning to the UK to be submitted both to the German department and the Quinault family: please see the work of previous Bursary holders below. This report will be submitted to the Department and in consultation with the Director of German Studies at a mutually agreed date.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with a member of German academic staff before submitting their proposal.

In case of any questions, please contact the Programme Director.

Previous winners:

2013-2014: Matthew Clark (BA European Social and Political Studies) - Travel Essay
2014-2015: Tamiza Tudor (BA French and German) - tamiza-essay2014-15
2015-2016: Katie Abbott (BA French and German) - travel_essay
2016-2017: Emilia Olsen (BA German and History of Art) - Essay
2017-2018: Emma Farrell (BA French and German) - Antiziganism and the Identity of the Sinti and Roma in Germany from 1945 to Today (PDF file)
2018-19: not awarded
2019-20: not awarded

2020-21: Lili Zajacz (BA European Social and Political Studies) -

(PDF file)

2021-22: Sara Karim (BA Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad) 


2022-23: Lydia Qi Yue Chen 


At the end of each academic year we give out the following prizes to honour student achievements during the past academic year:

  • Sesssional Prize (a recognition of student contribution beyond the academic)
  • Heimann Prize (best final year academic performance in German)
  • Willoughby Prize (best second year academic performance in German)
  • Robertson Prize (best first year academic performance in German) Irenie Frowen Prize (best poetry performance)