Undergraduates who have excelled academically may be nominated first to Exhibitions (usually, following a First or Distinction in the First Public Examination) and afterwards, with continuing excellent performance, to Scholarships. Awards are held for one year at a time, but holders may be re-elected annually. Undergraduate Scholarships and Exhibitions are held for one year at a time, but holders may be re-elected annually, or, with excellent performance, be promoted from Exhibitions to Scholarships.
Scholarships and Exhibitions are tenable only during residence in Oxford.
Scholars and Exhibitioners are paid by a credit on battels. The awards are of varying amounts; standard amounts paid are £200 for a Scholar and £150 for an Exhibitioner. The awards may on occasion be named in honour of, or at the request of, a benefactor to the College.
Scholars and Exhibitioners may wear the Scholars’ gown rather than the Commoners’ gown on occasions when gowns are to be worn.
Apart from those Scholarships awarded as part of the admissions process, the College awards two Senior Scholarships for graduates:
- The Balliol-Bodley Scholarship, advertised in Michaelmas Term.
- The Phizackerley Senior Scholarship, awarded to outstanding graduates in the Medical Sciences each year, and advertised in Hilary Term.
Music Scholarships and Exhibitions
Balliol elects an undergraduate organ scholar every alternate year, and the post is held for three years.
A Nettleship Instrumental Award of £150 per annum is awarded to an undergraduate each year in Trinity Term for performance on any musical instrument.