Graduate Admissions Funding
The Financial Undertaking
All graduate students admitted via the Student Registry are required to sign a Financial Undertaking Form before admission is confirmed. Please note that any financial commitments you have made to the University are taken by the College as an undertaking on your part that you have sufficient resources for the whole of your course. Click here for further detail of the terms of the financial conditions including the Financial Undertaking Form. Please understand that failure to uphold its conditions could result in your being withdrawn from the Graduate Register. The College requires a copy of all the information that you submit to the Board of Graduate Studies to satisfy your financial conditions, indicating how you intend to cover your fees and maintenance costs including letters from sponsors if applicable.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming to Cambridge with a child or children, please be aware that you need to be able to provide for them as well as yourself financially. Living in Cambridge is expensive as is childcare within the UK. Please ensure that you've factored this in.
Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust and any other bursaries or scholarship payments
If you have been made an award, please check your offer letter for payment details. If you have an award from the Cambridge Trusts, please read carefully the terms and conditions of their awards.
Any bursary or award will be applied in the first instance to tuition fees. If there is no personal fee liability, the bursary will be treated as maintenance and credited to your College Bill on a termly basis. This will reduce your accommodation charge or, if living out, will result in a payment to you.
Maintenance payments from the Cambridge Trust will be sent to the College in your name. Email advice will be sent as soon as the cheques arrive (October/January/April and, if applicable, July). Cheques must be collected in person.
University sources of information on funding for Graduate Students
The Board of Graduate Studies lists sources of funding available to Graduate students primarily from the Cambridge Trusts (including the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, CCT; the Cambridge Overseas Trust, COT; and the Gates Cambridge Trust).
The Cambridge University Graduate Union web site also contains helpful funding information.
UK Research Councils
There are seven Research Councils set up to champion Science, Engineering and Technology; the AHRB supports research into the Arts and Humanities. The Faculty and/or Department within which you would like to work may well have Studentships awarded by one or more of these Research Councils who may be looking for candidates:
Medical Research Council (MRC)
Murray Edwards College at present offers one annual Stephan Körner Graduate Scholarship for £3,000 per year for a graduate who selects Murray Edwards as her College of first choice and is embarking on an MPhil or a PhD course in Philosophy, Classics or Law. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in applying for this scholarship by 29 May.
Also available is an annual Santander Graduate Award. Up to three awards of £5000 each are available to support graduate students. No restriction on subject, or residence/nationality. MPhil and PhD students both eligible. If PhD application, consideration will be given to an award for £5000 a year for 3 years.
Applicants are considered on academic merit, and must demonstrate how the award will fit with other funding available/applied for in order to meet the full costs of study. Priority will be given to students in greater financial need. The application form is available here and must be submitted by 29 May.