Fees & Funding (PG)

Funding is available from a range of sources to help postgraduate students cover their course costs, including grants awarded directly by ҹѰ.


ҹѰ funding

ҹѰ distributes around 1 million pounds each year to postgraduate students in the form of fully-funded studentships as well as a number of partial awards. There are two fully-funded PhD studentships awarded by ҹѰ itself, as well as several match-funded studentships delivered by the College in partnership with other institutions and departments at the University.

These awards are highly competitive and based on academic merit, which is determined by faculties and departments upon receipt of an application. For match-funded awards, candidates only need to ensure their applications are submitted before the relevant University or Department funding deadline, no separate scholarship application is required. In all cases, priority is given to students who have listed ҹѰ as their first- or second-choiceCollege in their application.

PhD Studentships

John Hughes PhD Studentship at ҹѰ:Thanks to the generosity of ҹѰ alumnus John Hughes, the College was able to offer for the first time in 2023 a PhD award that will cover three years of tuition (at the Home rate) and maintenance costs (currently £18,622/year) for a PhD candidate in any subject. This award will next become available in 2026/2027.

ҹѰ PhD Studentship in Geopolitics:Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the College is able to offer a studentship that will cover three years of tuitionand maintenance costs (currently £18,622/year) for a PhD candidate working on a topic in Geopolitics. While applicants pursuing a PhD in History or in Politics & International Relations are likely to be the strongest candidates for these awards, applicationswill be considered from students working in any subject, provided their research topic falls within one of the key research areas of the. Competitive applications will be those from students whose proposed research applieshistorical analysis, area studies expertise, political science and the experience of practitioners to address major problems of conflict and world order: past, present orfuture.

Rowan Williams Cambridge & ҹѰ Studentship:ҹѰ is proud to partner with the Cambridge Trust in sponsoring a Rowan Williams Cambridge & ҹѰ Studentship to support students who face severe barriers in coming to study in Cambridge. Named after the former Chairman of the Cambridge Trust's Board of Trustees, the Rowan Williams Cambridge & ҹѰ Studentship is a full-cost award available to undergraduate and postgraduates (both MPhil and PhD). . No separate application required.

Arts and Humanities Research Council & ҹѰ PhD Studentship:These awards cover tuition and maintenance for 10 terms of doctoral study in any topic in the Arts & Humanities. No separate application required.

Vice-Chancellor’s & ҹѰ PhD Studentship:Generous donations from friends and alumni enableҹѰ to partner with the Cambridge Trust in funding4 or 5 PhDstudentships each year that cover tuition andmaintenance costs (currently £18,622/year) for doctoral studyin any subject. In 2023/2024, preference may be given to applicants in Chemistry, Physics and Physiology, Development & Neuroscience. No separate application required.

ҹѰ-CDT Studentship for Women in the Physical Sciences:Applications are invited for a four-year PhD studentship beginning in 2024 for candidates with a first degree in physics, astrophysics or mathematics, specialising in astronomy, particle physics or related topics in theoretical physics. The studentship will be based at the Cambridge Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, an innovative, interdisciplinary centre, distributed between the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Department of Physics (Cavendish Laboratory), and the Institute of Astronomy (IoA). You can .

ҹѰ-PDN PhD Studentship: For the 5th consecutive year ҹѰ has partnered with the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience to fund a 4-year PhD studentship that will cover fees at the ‘Home’ rate, maintenance, research consumables and training costs. Student who are not eligible for 'Home' fees will be considered, but they will need to secure extra funding to cover the difference between Home and Overseas rates. The successful applicant will join the Cambridge Biosciences Doctoral Training Programme, participate in training and cohort-building events, and undertake a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) of 3 months. .

Teape PhD Scholarship in Hindu-Christian Studies: The Teape Scholarship in Hindu-Christian Studies will contribute up to £14,000/year to support students who wish to undertake a PhD in Hindu-Christian studies at the University of Cambridge. The Scholarship is funded by the Teape Trust, originally established by Cambridge alumnus William Marshall Teape (1862-1944), to further study of the relationship between Hindu and Christian thought. To ensure full consideration for this award, applicants must have submitted their application for postgraduate study at Cambridge by the published funding deadline, 5 December 2023.Informal enquiries regarding potential projects may be made of . The scholarship is only tenable at ҹѰ, which will endeavour to secure additional funding to supplement the Scholarship, but this cannot be guaranteed. To ensure full consideration applications must be submitted by the funding deadline for the student's PhD course. No separate application required.

Cambridge International & ҹѰ PhD Studentship: ҹѰ partners with the Cambridge Trust in funding 8-12 PhD studentships each year that cover tuition and maintenance costs for doctoral study in any subject. Roughly half of these are awarded to Home-fee status students as Vice-Chancellor's PhD Studentships and the other half are awarded to Overseas-fee status students as Cambridge International PhD Studentships. In many cases the College will partner with specific Faculties, Departments or Doctoral Training Partnerships to co-fund these awards. In 2024/2025, preference may be given to applicants in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN) and/or in subjects related to the College's Interdisciplinary Research Hubs: Gender, Global Health, Sustainability & Conservation and Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Heritage. These awards are offered in partnership with the Cambridge Trust. Please see the Cambridge Trust website for more information:

Cambridge Africa Changemakers & ҹѰ PhD Scholarship:ҹѰ partners with the Cambridge Trust to fund oneCambridge Africa Changemakers Scholarship each year. This is a full-cost scholarships for PhD students in any subject, open to candidates from any country in Africa. The partner-funded award is tenable only at ҹѰ.

The Scholarship aims to provide support to talented PhD students who require financial assistance to take up their places at the University. Priority will be given to students whose research contributes to the development of the Continent and to climate-resilient and sustainable futures for Africa and the world.This scholarship programme is closely affiliated with the. Please see the Cambridge Trust website for more information:

In previous years ҹѰ has also partnered with the Cambridge Judge Business School, the Departments of Land Economy, Biochemistry, Pathology and Pharmacologyto fund PhD Studentships.We expect to announceadditional co-funded PhD studentships in the future.

Master's Studentships

The Aziz Foundation Scholarship: The Aziz Foundation has partnered with ҹѰ to fund scholarships for Home-fee-rated students who are actively engaged in British Muslim communities and who wish to study for a full time or part time Master's degree at the University of Cambridge in order to improve access for individuals from social groupings who historically have been underrepresented at the University. An Aziz Foundation Scholarship will cover the University Composition Fee for the course.The scholarships are aimed at those who wish to advance in their careers and bring positive change to their communities. We invite applications from people who are dedicated to community service, social development and effective advocacy within and for British Muslim communities. Applications will be accepted from students who have already been offered admission to Cambridge for 2024/2025 and are pursuing courses and/or career aspirations in the following priority areas: Media & Journalism, Technology, Sustainability/Environment, Law, Policy, Arts & Culture, Sports. Applications will not be accepted for students intending to take up courses in science, health policy or mathematics.Please note that the scholarships are only open to those who qualify for Home Fees status in the UK, andapplications from international students will therefore not be considered.The aimis to support emerging leaders who have a high level of commitment to the British Muslim community as well as the aspirationto lead and inspire in their respective fields. The next cycle will run from January 2024.

The Boyce Family Scholarship: An endowed MPhil scholarship in the Social Sciences. The Boyce Family Scholarship will cover the tuition fees of one full-time, one-year MPhil student, as well as a contribution towards the successful student's maintenance costs. It is open exclusively to students who are normally resident in North America (including the Caribbean) and South America, and preference will be given to students from backgrounds underrepresented at postgraduate level in their field of study, in the first instance, to female studentsand those from minoritised backgrounds. Preference will also be given to students who are pursuing an MPhil in Land Economy, or another course with a focus on the built environment, sustainability, and/or conservation.

Cambridge UK & ҹѰ Masters Scholarships:Each year ҹѰ partners with the Cambridge Trust to coverthe cost of two awards of £12,000 each for Home fee status MPhil students in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. No separate application required.

Cambridge UK & ҹѰ Hoath Family Masters Scholarship in Sustainability and Conservation: One award of £12,000 for a Home fee status MPhil student in a field related to sustainability and conservation. This scholarship is made possible by the support of the Cambridge Trust anda generous donation fromthe Hoath Family. Hoath Family awards were established in December 2020 by a gift from Emeritus Fellow Professor Steve Hoath in memory of his parents. The purpose of Professor Hoath’s gift is to: stimulate th development of ҹѰ’s interdisciplinary Sustainability and Conservation Research Hub which launched in July 2020; encourage students, alumni and members to be involved in the Hub’s activities; and support students who have a broad interest in sustainability and conservation particularly those who might not otherwise have the financial means to do so. No separate application required.

Rowan Williams Cambridge & ҹѰ Studentship:ҹѰ is proud to partner with the Cambridge Trust in sponsoring a Rowan Williams Cambridge & ҹѰ Studentship to support students who face severe barriers in coming to study in Cambridge. Named after the former Chairman of the Cambridge Trust's Board of Trustees, the Rowan Williams Cambridge & ҹѰ Studentship is a full-cost award available to undergraduate and postgraduates (both MPhil and PhD). .No separate application required.

ҹѰ OCS Kenya Scholarship: Up to £40,000 to cover University and College fees and maintenance for a student from Kenya on a one-year postgraduate course. Offered in conjunction with Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya and the Cambridge Trust. No separate application required.

ҹѰ Scholarship for Women Entrepreneurs from Emerging Economies:The Scholarship for Women Entrepreneurs will cover up to £25,000 for one recipient per year for five years (from 2023/2024).Where possible, co-funding opportunities will be sought, in order to increase the amount available to each recipient.The scholarship for Women Entrepreneurs is funded by a generous anonymous donor who wishes to support female students from overseas who (a) are ordinarily resident and consider their home to be one of; and (b) are pursuing a full-time Masters course that is intended to prepare them to return to their home country and develop or improve business opportunities there.The scholarship is thus intended to expand the role of women, particularly those wishing to start or develop their own business, in economies where they have been historically under-represented.

Cambridge Opportunity Masters' Scholarship at ҹѰ: Each year, in partnership with the Cambridge Trust, ҹѰ funds at least one Cambridge Opportunity Masters award to Home-fee-rated student from a low-income household with experience of educational disadvantage. The award isintended to cover University fees and living expenses when the maximum postgraduate grant / loan is taken with government student finance.

'Get In Cambridge' Masters' Scholarship at ҹѰ:Each year ҹѰ funds at least one 'Get In Cambridge' award to support a British Black, Bangladeshi or Pakistani Masters' student from a low-income household with experience of educational disadvantage. The award isintended to cover University fees and living expenses when the maximum postgraduate grant / loan is taken with government student finance.The overriding purpose of the Get In initiative is to increase the number of students from historically under-represented ethnic minority communities at Cambridge, in order to become representative of UK society, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Awards are made in consultation with the Cambridge Trust. All eligible ҹѰ offer holders are considered. No further application is required.

Postgraduate Awards

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, ҹѰ is able to offer around £100,000 per year to postgraduate students to help meet the costs of their study. These awards are made on the basis of academic merit and typically range from £3,000-£8,000 per recipient, to enable the College to provide funds to a greater number of students. See the full list of College awards here.

ҹѰ also offers additional financial support in the form of hardship funds, sports awards, travel and research grants, and musical scholarships.

University of Cambridge funding

Every year the University of Cambridge awards over £100m in scholarships to new postgraduate students. Prospective students are encouraged to read through all of the particularly , as well as using the to look for specific awards in your field and level of study.

Government and external funding

UK nationals and those residing in the UK with EU settled status may be eligible for a from the UK Government. Specific funds are available for UK students with disabilities via the . Financial support is also available for students with families to help meet .

International students should check , funding opportunities from their governments, as well as . There are also many other sources of to which both UK and international prospective students can apply.

Research Councils

are the largest funder of PhD students at Cambridge. There are six UK Research Councils, and each council is also able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students. Some studentships also include funding for Masters programmes taken prior to a PhD in a 1+3 year format.

Personal funding

Over were self-funded in the academic year 2022-23. All prospective students are required to demonstrate that they can cover their course costs in the process of making their application.