The funding process
Securing funding to support graduate study is a separate (though related) procedure to the academic application. There are a number of funding opportunities available, but all are very competitive. It is not unusual for applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place to find themselves without the necessary funds to actually commence their study.
Please do be sure to read the following information most carefully - it is in your interest to do so.
Funding offered by the University
In order to be considered for University funding, applicants must:
- apply by the funding deadlines
- tick the box on the application form relating to the funding for which they would like to be considered
- submit a curriculum vitae
- submit a personal reference (Gates Scholarship applicants only)
For more information about University funding, applicants should consult the funding pages of the Student Registry website.
BBSRC DTP (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Programme)
The University of Cambridge is offering up to 25 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2014. A wide range of projects is available across many world-class departments and research institutes under the four broad themes of Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health; Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology; Food Security; and World Class Underpinning Bioscience.
The Programme is a partnership between 15 Departments and Institutes at the University of Cambridge and five research organisations (University Partner Institutions) situated nearby.
UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for BBSRC funding can be found at the BBSRC website.
Full details of the structure and organization of this programme are available here.
APPLICATION DEADLINE NOW CLOSED. The deadline for online applications was Tuesday 3rd December, with ALL supporting documentation to be submitted by Tuesday 17th December. Interviews will take place between 29th January and 3rd February 2014.
You may apply for one of these studentships only if you are to be supervised by one of the following members of staff:
NB If you wish to be considered for a BBSRC-funded studentship you will need to make a separate application via the Department of Plant Sciences which is responsible for the administration of the BBSRC DTP (this is purely for administrative reasons and does not mean that you are undertaking graduate studies in the field of plant sciences). The Course Code is: BLPSR1. Please note that this application should be in addition to your application to the Department of Psychology if you wish to be considered for CHESS funding or Departmental MRC-studentship funding. This does mean, unfortunately, that you will incur two application fees (£50 per application). Please contact the Graduate Administrator, Dr Rachel MacDonald, if you require further clarification.
The University awards at least 26 ESRC studentships every year to outstanding candidates resident in the UK or EEA and working in the social sciences.
UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for ESRC funding can be found at http://www.esrc.ac.uk/
Full details of the Cambridge ESRC DTC can be found at http://esrc-dtc.cshss.cam.ac.uk/
The deadline for online applications is 10th January 2014.
The Department itself does not have general sources of funding to offer to overseas students, but a small number of Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Grants may be available to fund UK PhD students. Students from the European Union/European Economic Area may be eligible for these studentships on a fees-only basis. Eligible applicants are automatically considered for any available studentships. When available, studentships are advertised From time to time, additional studentships are available for particular projects.
The Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute may offer a small number of Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Grants to fund UK PhD students. Students from the European Union/European Economic Area may be eligible for these studentships on a fees-only basis.
A number of Colleges offer generous scholarships for graduate students, but they are also very competitive. It is not recommended that you choose a College based solely on the possibility of funding.