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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 Council funding, 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 via the Applicant Portal by the relevant deadline below, completing 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 7 days to upload your supporting documents.

These deadlines are for applicants for courses with start dates between Michaelmas 2017 and Easter 2018. Students who will be starting before October 2017 are no longer eligible.

Applicant Eligibility 

(based on fee status) 

Deadline 

(all at 12      noon)

Decisions Made 

Notes for Gates Cambridge 

 

Overseas
(Not EU/Home)

7 December 2016 

Late 

February 

onwards 

(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.

EU
(incl. Home)

4 January 2017

Early

March

onwards

If you are EU fee status and you wish to be considered for Gates Cambridge you will need to submit your application by 7 December 2016

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 according 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 Chancellors Award
  • The Cambridge International Scholarship.

 

*Many other funding competitions whilst not included in the Graduate Funding Compeition 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 in 2014/15 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.