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Graduate Admissions


You can apply to many funding opportunities through our Graduate Funding Competition. This coordinates funding from multiple sources including:

  • Cambridge Trust
  • Gates Cambridge
  • ESRC and AHRC Research Councils
  • some Colleges and University funding, including The Vice Chancellor's Award and The Cambridge International Scholarship


  1. Complete the funding section on your study application form to be considered for funding through the Graduate Funding Competition.
  2. Submit your study application and supporting documents using the Applicant Portal by the relevant funding deadline. 

If your course has already started, you cannot apply for funding through the Competition.


These deadlines are for courses starting in Michaelmas Term 2019, Lent Term 2020 and Easter Term 2020: 

  • deadlines are 12:00 BST
  • US citizens resident in the USA, who want to be considered for Gates funding, deadline 10 October 2018
  • all other applicants’ deadline 5 December 2018 or 3 January 2019 depending on the course – check the course directory


The department considers your application and scores it based on strength and academic excellence. High scoring applications are submitted to the funding bodies. 

Due to large applicant numbers we can only notify successful candidates. If you have not heard by the end of July you should assume that you have not been successful in your funding application.

Funding awards

Cambridge Trust

Full-cost and part-cost scholarships. PhD, Master's and undergraduate level. All subjects, all 31 Colleges. Find more information on their website:

Cambridge Trust Website

Gates Cambridge

Full-time scholarships. Postgraduate level. All subjects. Find more information on their website:

Gates Cambridge Website

AHRC and ESRC Research Council

Postgraduate level. Various subjects. Find more information on the relevant Research Council website:

Arts and Humanities Research Council website
Economic and Social Research Council website






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