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Department of Psychology

The funding process

Securing funding to support postgraduate 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 Trust

Gates Cambridge

UK Research Councils

Postgraduate Funding Competition

Vice-Chancellor's Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships

Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme


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 research proposal
  • submit two academic references
  • submit a personal reference (Gates Scholarship applicants only)

For more information about University funding, applicants should consult the funding pages of the Postgraduate Admissions website.

College funding

Students are advised to look at individual College websites to see whether funding is available. Students should also be able to find details of College funding through Cambridge Funding Search

Other funding

Find out about other funding schemes for which you may be eligible.


Funding Round Deadline
Gates Cambridge (USA) Wednesday 12 October 2022
All other funding rounds Thursday 1 December 2022

The Department will continue to accept applications up until Wednesday 26 April 2023 for October 2023 start date. 

Any application submitted after 1 December 2022 will not be considered for the funding round.


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