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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*.


Step 1 Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration in the Graduate Funding Competition you will need to submit your application to study 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. Once you have submitted and paid for your application, you will have a further seven days to upload your supporting documents.

Please note these deadlines are for applicants for courses with start dates between Michaelmas 2017 and Easter 2018. Dates for students starting after Easter 2018 are to be confirmed. Students starting their courses before Michaelmas 2017 are no longer eligible.

Applicant Eligibility 

(based on fee status) 


(12:00 UK time)

Decisions Made 

Notes for Gates Cambridge 


(Not EU/Home)

7 December 2016

(2017 deadline TBC)




(Gates in April)

If you are a USA resident you will need to submit your application by 12 October 2016 if you want to be considered for Gates funding. 2017 deadlines TBC.

(incl. Home)

4 January 2017

(2018 deadline TBC)




If you have EU fee status and you wish to be considered for Gates Cambridge you will need to submit your application by 7 December 2016. 2017-18 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 Graduate 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.