Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme (CHESS)
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The competition supported approximately 100 UK and EU graduate students in the last academical year. The University is generously supported by its internal partners below, in addition to the 'Named Awards' above:
- Trinity College
- The Newton Trust
- Other Cambridge colleges
UK and EU applicants for MPhil/PhD (including EdD) will be automatically considered for CHESS (formerly DRS) if they have applied for admission by 10 January 2014. There is no separate application form. In February, the Student Registry will submit a list of all eligible candidates to the relevant departments/faculties. The first round of assessment happens at department level and departments nominate students to the competition, administered at the Student Registry.
It is important that you send in your supporting documentation as soon as possible after you have applied for admission online, because your application will not be processed by the department until this is received.
Funding for EU students
This competition replaces the Cambridge European Trust (CET) for graduates. Instead of applying to the CET via the GradSAF (admissions form), EU applicants will be automatically considered for CHESS by their department.
Members of all EU member states are eligible:
- PhD (including EdD) full cost awards (UK residents)
- PhD fees-only award (EU residents)
- PhD half cost bursaries - holders of Research Council fees-only awards (EU residents)
- MPhil fees + bursary (UK residents)
- MPhil fees-only award (EU residents)
- Students apply for admission by the deadline above (GRADSAF)
- Departments assess applications in February
- Departments nominate students to the Student Registry by late February (with a 'Statement of support' for each student)
- March - competition held at Student Registry across all subjects
- Start of April - successful students notified by Student Registry. If candidates have not received an offer by end April, they should assume that their application for a CHESS award has not been successful.
We regret that we are not able to give feedback at any stage of the competition.