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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 Councils, and some funding from colleges and other University funds*.


Step 1 Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration in the Graduate Funding Competition you will need to submit your application to study and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal by the relevant deadline below. You will need to complete the funding section to indicate that you wish to be considered for funding.

Please note that current students are not eligible to apply for funding for their current course or programme of study through the Graduate Funding Competition

Please note these deadlines are for applicants for courses starting in Michaelmas 2018, Lent 2019 and Easter 2019. Students starting their courses in Lent or Easter 2018 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.

11 October 2017

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.

6 December 2017 / 4 January 2018

Early March onwards

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.

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 in accordance with 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 Chancellor's Award
  • The Cambridge International Scholarship

*Many other funding competitions, while not included in the Graduate Funding Competition, still only require you to complete the funding section of the Graduate Application via the Applicant Portal. Please check the Cambridge Funding Search to see which competitions you are automatically considered for.

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.