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Financial Support

Financial Support

It is important that you submit your Graduate Application by Friday 10 November 2017 as the department aims to help applicants access the best and most appropriate funding opportunities. Making this deadline will mean we can consider your application for all forms of departmental funding and wider University funding including the Cambridge Trust scholarship competitions. There are earlier dates for Gates applicants. For entry in October 2017, over one third of our whole graduate intake are recipients of generous scholarships – from Gates International scholarships to dedicated international awards.

All graduate 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.

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MPhil Funding

We receive around 80 MPhil applications a year; admitting some 20 students each October. Many of these students have been awarded scholarships and a few are self-funding. The numerous sources of funding include the scholarship competitions e.g. Cambridge Trust and Gates Scholarships, as well as College awards. Awards may be fully- or part-funded and are open to domestic and international students. The Newton & College MPhil Scholarships are available to UK applicants in any subject, and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Candidates who require funding are automatically considered for these scholarships. The scheme is administered by the University's Student Registry. 

We strongly encourage all MPhil applicants to explore the scholarship route and submit an application by our deadline or earlier depending on a specific scholarship deadline. 

For international MPhil applicants there are many funding opportunities (including but not limited to):

  • 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.
  • The Fitwilliam Masters Studentship is a fully funded college award that requires application directly to the college.
  • 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 and Pembroke offers the Davis McCaughey Scholarship.
  • Girton College offer the Maria Luisa de Sanchez Scholarship available to students of Venezuelan nationality and the Irene Hallinan Scholarship.
  • At St Edmund's there are a number of Masters level funding opportunites including one from the AGM Randeree Scholarship (Muslim Council of Britain); the Aziz Foundation Scholarship and three Emsley Newton CHESS studentships. 
  • Pembroke offers two Isaac Newton Trust awards which are co-paid by the college. 
  • 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. 
  • Applicants from applicants from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe can apply to the Beit Trust (deadline 15 November) to be considered for the Beit Cambridge Scholarship.
  • The Brockmann Cambridge Scholarship is available to Mexican applicants for Master's degrees in any subject. The deadline for applications is 15 November 2017.
  • The Charlie Perkins Cambridge Scholarship is available to Australian students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. In addition to applying to the University of Cambridge, candidates should apply to the Charlie Perkins Trust.
  • The Chevening/Cambridge Scholarship applicants should apply to the Chevening programme before 7 November 2017.
  • The Commonwealth (Cambridge) Scholarship is available to applicants from developing member countries of the Commonwealth. Candidates should also apply to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
  • The Inlaks Cambridge Scholarship is available to Indian postgraduate applicants. In addition to applying to the University of Cambridge, candidates should apply direct to the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation. there are also the Narotam Sekhsaria Cambridge Scholarships that require a separate application.

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


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 applicantions through the University Scholarship Competitions each year. The Gates Scholarships which is open to international applicants provides 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. 

Other scholarships for international applicants (both full and part funding) include:

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


Funding through the Women's Colleges

Lucy Cavendish College offers 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

The Gates Scholarships at Cambridge are a global funding opportunity for intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others. There are early deadlines. Round 1 is for US candidates (resident in the US) and has a deadline of 11 October 2017. 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. The deadline is offcially 6 December 2017, although we recommend your application is submitted by the department deadline. If you intend to apply you will need to submit a 500-word research proposal as part of your application and be able to provide non-academic reference in support of your suitability for the award.