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Graduate Admissions

Financial Support

Financial Support

The department helps to support good applicants access the best funding opportunities to underpin their graduate research. To help this happen, it is very important that you submit your Graduate Application by the department’s deadline of Friday 10 November 2017. This will mean we can consider your application for departmental funding (research councils, industry programmes etc.) as well as University funding including scholarships. Fees comprise the University Composition Fee (UCF) and maintenance. Details can be checked on the University Graduate Admissions website. You can out find more about the many funding opportunities by using the online search facility as well as checking college websites. Several colleges have dedicated webpages detailing scholarships they can offer.

Christ's College | Churchill College | Clare College | Clare Hall | Corpus Christi College | Emmanuel College | Fitzwilliam College 

Girton College | Hughes Hall | Kings College | Lucy Cavendish Murray Edwards | Newnham |

 

PhD Funding

The department funds a large number of PhD studentships through research council and industry funded routes. We also support over 25 or more exceptional graduate applicants through the University Scholarship Competitions each year. The Gates Scholarships open to international applicants provide full-funding. We recruit around 80 PhD students each year. In 2016, the funding sources were as follows: 29% received philanthropic or scholarship awards through the University; a further 37% received industrial awards and 34% through various research councils. 

University Composition Fees 
Home students £7,857 per annum
EU students £7,857 per annum
Overseas £26,613

In addition to the University fees, living expenses are also required in the form of maintenance. For 2017/18 this is a minimum of £13,440 per annum. Fully-funded PhD awards from research councils, industry and scholarships usually cover fees as well as maintenance. However, this can depend on your fee status and source of funding. 

Specific Funding Opportunities

Other awards for international applicants (both full and part funding) include the Gulbenkian-Yuval Cambridge PhD Studentships offered by Churchill College. The Bragg, Allen and McCrum Scholarships offered by Corpus Christi are open to Australian nationals. Fitzwilliam has a number of scholarships on offer including Stachulski-Dudding Studentship in Chemistry and the Leathersellers' Graduate Scholarships. Jesus College offers the Embiricos Trust Scholarship each year for Greek, Greek Cypriot or British primary nationality amongst several other scholarships. 

Newnham College, one of our three women's colleges, offers a number of substantial studentships each year for women who apply to them. Applications are made directly to the Tutorial Office at the college using their own application form, in addition to the formal Graduate Application form. The Newnham Studentships are worth between £3,000 and £12,000 per year and are open to students applying to study towards a PhD in any subject. For keen rowers, there is the Anna Watkins Studentship worth up to £12,000. The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Studentship worth between £3,000 and £12,000 per year PhD students in any subject. For Australian women there is the Cambridge Australia Studentship. This is open to new students applying to Newnham College studying towards a PhD in any subject. Each studentship is tenable for three years and covers: University fees; College fees; a maintenance allowance of £10,550 per annum for living expenses; and contribution towards a return airfare to and from the UK. There are also the Mary Anne Ewart Studentship, the Muir Wood Studentship and the Rhoda M. Dorsey Studentship, again each worth between £3,000 and £12,000 and open for women applying to study MPhil or PhDs from anywhere.. There is also the Menca de Leoni Studentship for Venezuelan women.

 

MPhil Funding

We receive over 80 MPhil applications a year; admitting around 20 students each October. Many of these students come on scholarships. In addition to self-funding, there are several other funding opportunities for MPhil students. These include the scholarship competitions e.g. Cambridge Trust and Gates Scholarships, as well as College awards. These awards may be fully-funded or part-funded and are open to domestic and international students. For United States citizens there are the Churchill and Marshall MPhil Scholarships (deadline early October). We strongly encourage MPhil applicants to explore the scholarship route and submit an application by our deadline or earlier depending on a specific scholarship deadline.

University Composition Fees 
Home students £7,392
EU students £7,392
Overseas £25,239

In addition to the University fees, living expenses are also required in the form of maintenance. For 2017/18 this is a minimum of £13,440 per annum. Fully-funded PhD awards from research councils, industry and scholarships usually cover fees as well as maintenance. However, this can depend on your fee status and source of funding. 

Specific Funding Opportunities

For international MPhil applicants there are a lot of opportunities. For graduates of the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong who apply to Hughes Hall there are the Doris Zimmern Hughes Hall Scholarships, the Edwin S H Leong Hughes Hall Scholarship, the Tse Family Hughes Hall Scholarship and the Ho Tim Foundation Hughes Hall Scholarship. These scholarships require the applicants to submit an additional application to their own university in addition to Cambridge.Churchill College offers a Palestinian MPhil Studentship in conjunction with the Saïd Foundation and the Wing Yip MPhil scholarships for students coming from top universities in China. For Australian nationals, Corpus Christi College offers the Cambridge Australia Master’s Scholarships. Girton College has the Maria Luisa de Sanchez Scholarship available to students of Venezuelan nationality. 

For American applicants there are the two major scholarship options. The Churchill Scholarship providing funding for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. This scholarship requires support from a nominated supervisor within the department and although the deadline for this particular scholarship is in November, the bulk of the application needs to be in place and finalised well beforehand. There are also the Marshall Scholarships for any field of study. Their deadline is in October. Again, early coordination with a prospective supervisor is necessary. The department supports applications through these routes and we usually have two or three US MPhil students joining each year that have been successful. 

Women's Colleges

Lucy Cavendish offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for women who apply to them. For French nationals there is the Evelyn Povey Studentship award worth a minimum of £4,500. Similarly, the Lord Frederick Cavendish Studentship open to nationals from anywhere around the world. The Santander Scholarship with Mastermann-Braithwaite Studentship worth £9,000 again is open to anyone from anywhere.

Murray Edwards College offer the Murray Edwards Santander Graduate Awards worth up to £5,000. These are geared towards students in greater financial need. 

Newnham College offers a number of substantial studentships each year for women applying to them. Applications are made directly to the Tutorial Office at the college using their own application form, in addition to the formal Graduate Application form. The Newnham Studentships are worth between £3,000 and £12,000 per year and are open to students studying towards an MPhil in any subject. For keen rowers, there is the Anna Watkins Studentship worth up to £12,000. The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Studentship worth between £3,000 and £12,000 per year for MPhil students in any subject. For women applying from developing countries there are the Laing Developing Countries Graduate Studentship. There are also the Mary Anne Ewart Studentship, the Muir Wood Studentship and the Rhoda M. Dorsey Studentship, again each worth between £3,000 and £12,000 and open for women applying to study MPhil or PhDs from anywhere.. There is also the Menca de Leoni Studentship for Venezuelan women.

 

Gates Scholarships for MPhil & PhD Applicants

If you intend to apply for the Gates Cambridge Scholarships you will need to submit a 1000-word research proposal as part of your application. There are strict early deadlines. Round 1 is for US candidates (resident in the US) and Round 2 is for citizens of all countries other than the USA (except for the United Kingdom) and US citizens normally resident outside the USA. In addition you will need to provide the name of a personal referee in addition to the two academic referees. It is strongly advised that you look carefully at the guidance on the Gates Cambridge website when considering a suitable referee.