Funding for Prospective Students (or those starting a new course)
There are many different sources of funding available to support UK/EU and international students at Cambridge but full scholarships are highly competitive, and deadlines for applications for funding can be a year in advance of the proposed start date of your course, particularly for overseas students.
We strongly recommend that students begin researching their funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the proposed start date of their course. You should not rely on finding funding once you have started your course.
Start by using the Cambridge University CamFunds Search to search the wide range of scholarships offered by Cambridge University (including its departments and colleges). The results link directly to relevant scholarship webpages containing full information about eligibility and how to apply.
Students from Overseas (ie non-EU) should also consider the Cambridge Trusts, founded by the University to support international students. EU students are eligible for one of these, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding - Charities and the Voluntary Sector
Cambridge has subscribed to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which all applicants can download. This guide details how to find and apply to alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which make awards to current and prospective graduate students.
The Guide was written by two UK based PhD students who between them have won over £45,000 from 52 different charity awards. It contains model personal and financial statements, and over 100 links to voluntary sector funding sources. The Alternative Guide is independently published by GradFunding.
Here's what a Law applicant Daniella (from another University) had to say about the Guide:
"it's really helpful, especially by making clear what information trustees want and providing useful websites and innovative tips on how to save money. It makes everything a whole lot less confusing!"
If you have applied for admission and already received a Cambridge 'Raven' password you can access the Guide below immediately. If you have not yet applied, or have done so but not yet received your 'Raven' password, you will need to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a password that you should then enter when you open the second pdf below.
Raven protected access
Password protected document (email to receive a password)
Alternative Postgraduate Funding Guide (email@example.com)