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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 extremely 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.

Funding offered by the University

Cambridge Trusts

Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS)

Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme (CHESS)

UK Research Councils

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.

Other funding

To find out about other funding schemes for which you may be eligible, see the Cambridge Funding Search.


College funding

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.

Clare College

Fitzwilliam College

Girton College

Homerton College

Jesus College

Magdalene College

Murray Edwards College (New Hall)

Pembroke College

Sidney Sussex College

St Catharine's College

Trinity Hall