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Graduate Admissions

 

There are many funding opportunities for graduates applying to Cambridge, and to make this process easier for applicants, we operate a Graduate Funding Competition.

This competition co-ordinates funding from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, ESRC and AHRC Research Councils, and some funding from colleges and other University funds*.

Process:

Step 1 Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration in the Graduate Funding Competition you will need to submit your application to study and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal by the relevant deadline below. You will need to complete the funding section to indicate that you wish to be considered for funding.

Please note these deadlines are for applicants for courses with start dates between Michaelmas 2018 and Easter 2019. Dates for students starting after Easter term 2019 are to be confirmed. Students starting their courses before Michaelmas 2018 are no longer eligible.

Applicant Eligibility

(based on course)

Deadline

(12:00 UK time)

Decisions Made

Notes for Gates Cambridge

This is specific to the course you are applying to. Please check the course directory to see if your course has a December or January funding deadline.

6 December 2017

(2018 deadline TBC)

Late February onwards (Gates in April)

If you are a USA citizen, resident in the USA, you will need to submit your application by 11 October 2017 if you want to be considered for Gates funding. 2018 deadlines TBC.

This is specific to the course you are applying to. Please check the course directory to see if your course has a December or January funding deadline.

4 January 2018

(2019 deadline TBC)

Early March onwards

For all other eligible candidates, if you wish to be considered for Gates Cambridge you will need to submit your application by 6 December 2017 or 4 January 2018 in accordance with the funding deadline of the course you are applying to. 2018–19 deadlines TBC.

Step 2

Once you have submitted your completed application, and supporting documents, the department will consider your application and score it for funding depending on the strength and academic excellence of the application.

(NB if you wish to be considered for AHRC funding you will also need to upload an additional form as part of your supporting documentation.)

Step 3

If you have been successfully scored for funding by the department then your application will be submitted for consideration by the funding bodies. We regret that due to the numbers of applicants for these awards, we are only able to notify successful candidates. If you haven't heard by the end of July you should assume that you have not been successful.

Step 4

Awards will be made in accordance with the timescales above. Any award you receive will be named by the funding body that is offering to fund you (eg Cambridge Trust and its linked sponsors, Gates Cambridge, College funding etc).

A number of prestigious University awards, for the most academically strong applicants, are considered via this scheme, including:

  • The Vice Chancellor's Award
  • The Cambridge International Scholarship

*Many other funding competitions, while not included in the Graduate Funding Competition, still only require you to complete the funding section of the Graduate Application via the Applicant Portal. Please check the Cambridge Funding Search to see which competitions you are automatically considered for.

43% of graduate students admitted to Cambridge received a scholarship or bursary from funds administered by the collegiate University. 41% of these students received a full award that covered both fees and living costs.