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Apply to the Student Opportunities Fund

Got a great idea for something that could improve student experience? The Student Opportunities Fund could provide between £100 and £3,000 to support you!

What is the Student Opportunities Fund?

Do you have entrepreneurial spirit? Do you think outside the box? Have an idea for something that could improve the student experience?

If you – or a group of students – have a creative or innovative concept for a project, social enterprise or activity that requires funding to get you kick started, applications for the Student Opportunities Fund are now open!

Funded by Royal Holloway alumni who donate every year to support projects and initiatives which enrich the student experience here on campus, you can apply for anything between £100 and £3,000.

Recipients will also benefit from mentorship to ensure that ideas are successfully translated into applications. 

Click here to see what projects have been funded previously. 
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Where does the funding come from?

The Student Opportunities Fund exists thanks to generous donations by alumni (people who have graduated from the College) and friends of Royal Holloway, who donate every year to support projects and initiatives which enrich the student experience at Royal Holloway. 

Over the years, thousands of alumni have donated millions of pounds to support a broad range of students and their projects. 

In order to thank the generous donors, all recipients of the Student Opportunities Fund are required to agree to the terms and conditions, which includes providing feedback, (photos, quotes, notes of thanks etc) once the money has been spent.

How to apply

  1. Make sure you read the application criteria and the terms of receiving funding to ensure that you are eligible to apply.
  2. Contact your mentor department for advice (see table below) to ensure they are in support of your application.*
  3. Complete the application form and supporting statement required from your mentor department. This should be sent to following the submission of your application form. 

*Please note that student groups affiliated with the Students' Union should not submit a request to the Student Opportunities Fund but liaise with the Students' Union instead. More information on Students' Union funding can be found here.  

Relevant documents

Mentor departments

Prior to submitting an application form, please meet with the department that most closely aligns with the nature of your project. If you are unsure which department to contact, please email who can put you in contact with the most relevant department. 

Project type


Contact Details

Volunteering/Social Action



Sport Scholars

Sports Development Officer


Students’ Union affiliated clubs and societies

Student Opportunities Manager

Any other project not affiliated with the Students' Union

Campus Engagement Team

Application deadlines

If your application is requesting funding for £500 or less, it will be dealt with on a rolling basis. Please note that applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to requiring funding. 

If your application requires funding for more than £500, please see the application deadlines below. Do note that each application round is for funding that is required for the term(s) following the deadline. For example, if you require funding for Term Two, please submit an application in Round One. 

Application round


Outcome to applicants

Project funded in…

Round one

23 November

Week beginning 10 December

Term two or three


Round two

1 March

Week beginning 18 March

Term three

Round three

31 May

Week beginning 10 June

Term one 2019/20

Contact us

Our team are available to confidentially discuss your idea and explain how the funding works in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact 

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