We strongly recommend that students begin researching their funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the proposed start date of their course. Many of the Scholarship deadlines can be in early December or earlier, for admission in the following year. If you are looking to start in January or April and wish to be considered for funding you may need to apply for funding 18 months in advance.
Don't wait until you get here
You will not be admitted to the University without a secure package of funding in place before you begin your studies, and you should not expect to be able to find funding once you have started your course.
Apply to several different competitions
The University operates a Graduate Funding Competition to co-ordinate the main sources of funding available. However, other opportunities are available and you can find information on these in the Cambridge Funding Search. Applicants are strongly advised to apply for all sources of funding for which they might be eligible, both internal and external to the University. This is the case even for those who are applying for a departmental award or funded place - should the department not be able to offer an award, applicants may have missed out on the opportunity to be considered for various other sources of funding if they have not submitted their applications by the required deadlines.
If you are awarded more than one full scholarship, you will have to pick one and turn the others down, but it is not uncommon for students to hold multiple scholarships of smaller amounts that total up to a full award.