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MPhil funding

We receive around 80 MPhil applications a year; admitting some 20 students each October. Some of these students have been awarded scholarships and some 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 to applicants who clearly state their intention to continue to PhD. Eligible candidates who apply before the funding deadline 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 first round shortlist deadline or earlier depending on specific scholarship deadlines. 

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 2018/19 this is a minimum of £13,740 per annum. Fully-funded 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 £7,614;  EU students £7,614;  Overseas £26,502