Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme (CHESS)
PhD Awards (Full-cost, Fees-only, and Maintenance Bursaries)
Awards are made for three years and students must intend to commence their PhD studies during the academic year of the competition. It is not possible to defer CHESS awards to the next academic year.
- You must have applied for admission through the Graduate Application Form (GRADSAF) or have applied to continue to the PhD.
- Students who started their PhD in the Lent or Easter term preceding and were not considered in the previous year's competition will not automatically be entered but may request to be considered by their department. Please contact the graduate secretary by the end of January.
- Applicants must be from the UK/EU and/or registered as liable to pay the University Composition Fee at the "Home" or "EU" rate. Students eligible for UK Research Council funding must have applied for such funding or be able to explain why an application to the Research Councils has not been made (e.g. no quota studentships available to the student's department). It is a condition that a successful CHESS student must accept Research Council funding if it is subsequently offered.
- Home students are eligible for a full studentship (University Composition and College Fees plus a maintenance stipend of £13,226* per annum).
- EU students who have been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their doctoral studies for the purposes of work or education are also eligible for a full studentship (University Composition and College Fees plus a maintenance stipend of £13,226* per annum).
- EU students ordinarily resident in the EU /EEA are eligible for a "fees-only" award (University Composition and College Fees).
- EU students in possession of a "fees-only" Research Council award can be nominated by their department for a maintenance bursary of approx. £6,500* per annum (taking into account other sources of scholarship). Departments may contribute to these awards.
- Full-time and part-time students are eligible.
*Other funding will be taken into account and CHESS awards may be reduced accordingly.
The scheme does not provide additional funding for research expenses, transferable skills training or fieldwork costs.
There is no application form for this funding; as long as you have applied for admission/continuation by the deadline you will automatically be considered for this competition.