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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.

See the sources of funding for Graduate students at Cambridge in 2017/18 here.

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.

See the timeline for decisions through the Graduate Funding Competition for 2019 entry


Funding Deadlines

The deadlines for the Graduate Funding Competition (including Gates Cambridge) 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 starting in Michaelmas 2019, Lent 2020 and Easter 2020. Students starting their courses in Lent or Easter 2019 are no longer eligible for the Graduate Funding Competition.

Applicant Eligibility For the Graduate Funding Competition (including Gates Cambridge)


(12:00 UK time)

Decisions Made

If you are a USA citizen, resident in the USA, and wish to be considered for Gates funding.

10 October 2018

For all other applicants, the funding deadline is course specific so please check the course directory to see if your course has a December or January funding deadline.

5 December 2018 / 3 January 2019

Early March onwards

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

Read more at: Graduate Funding Competition

Graduate Funding Competition

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

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Read more at: Cambridge Trust

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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Read more at: Gates Cambridge

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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Read more at: UK Research Councils

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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Read more at: Loans


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

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Over a third of graduate students admitted to Cambridge received a scholarship or bursary from funds administered by the collegiate University. The best applicants for doctoral study were given full funding