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Graduate Admissions


Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, departments, Research Councils and central University funds. You can use our Cambridge Funding Search page to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. We also operate a Graduate Funding Competition to co-ordinate some of these funding opportunities and make the process easier for you as an applicant.

How to Apply

It is easy to apply for funding at Cambridge. Eighty per cent of the funding awarded to applicants last year was from competitions that just require you to complete the funding section of the Graduate Application Form (via the Applicant Portal); you will be able to check using our funding search for options that you aren't automatically considered for. The most important thing to remember is this: get your applications in early! See below for deadlines.

When will I hear?

Most funding awards are made between the beginning of March and the end of July with the majority of awards being made in March and April. If you haven't heard by the end of July, you should assume that your application for funding has been unsuccessful.

Funding Deadlines

The deadlines for the Graduate Funding Competition are listed below. You can find deadlines for other scholarships in the Cambridge Funding Search (note that some of these may be earlier than those listed below).

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)


(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.

It is also worth keeping an eye on the news updates on the Graduate Admissions Homepage for the latest information on awards being offered.

Explore funding options

Graduate Funding Competition

To make this application process easier for applicants, we operate a Graduate Funding Competition.

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Cambridge Trust

The Cambridge Trust awards approximately 500 scholarships annually to selected students at PhD, Masters and undergraduate level, in all subjects. 

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Gates Cambridge

Gates Cambridge awards 95 full-cost scholarships each year for a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge.

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UK Research Councils

The UK Research Councils fund research in arts, humanities, science and engineering disciplines. Scholarships are normally for doctoral study.

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For more information about the kinds of loans available to home and overseas students, please check here.

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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.