On behalf of the University, the Cambridge Trust is pleased to offer the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards (for UK and EU students) and the Cambridge International Scholarships (for international students) for those undertaking PhD studies.

The aim of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships is to ensure that the 250 highest ranked students, irrespective of nationality, receive full financial support to undertake research leading to a PhD.  The Scholarships pay the University Composition Fee and a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single person.

Eligibility

These are guidelines on eligibility for scholarships that are available from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust:

All students, irrespective of nationality, are eligible to be considered for funding by the Trust.

The Trust does not accept applications from students who are part-way through a course at Cambridge, unless they are applying for funding towards a higher degree course following graduation.

To find out more about your fee status, see information on the University’s web pages for undergraduates and for postgraduates.

Applicants must be intending to start a course at the level of undergraduate (excluding UK/EU applicants), Masters (such as MPhil, MASt, LLM), or research postgraduate (such as PhD).

Please note that the Trust does not offer many scholarships to students on undergraduate courses, and has many more scholarship programmes available to postgraduate students.  Approximately 85% of the scholarships awarded each year are to students taking Masters or PhD degrees.

The Trust will not normally support students at a degree level that is the same as, or lower than, a degree they already hold, with two exceptions – we will consider an application from a student who is required to take a second Masters degree at Cambridge in order to gain admission to the PhD here, or from an international (non-EU) student who is proposing to study as an affiliated student at Cambridge for a second BA degree.

The Trust does not have scholarships available for post-doctoral positions, or for visiting or exchange students.

The Trust does not have scholarships available for part-time postgraduate degrees, and part-time undergraduate study is not available at the University of Cambridge.

Scholarships

Full financial support to undertake research leading to a PhD.  The Scholarships pay the University Composition Fee and a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single person. In order to maximise the number of Scholarships awarded, the Trust will, when appropriate, promote winners of Vice-Chancellor’s Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships to other full-cost awards with UK Research Councils, or partner organisations, or Departments or Colleges, who are willing to provide either the full amount or part of the cost of the scholarship.  Where part of the cost of a scholarship is offered, the Trust will meet the balance.

Application

All scholarships require that you apply to the University of Cambridge via the normal online application form, and most scholarships require that you apply by the relevant deadline.

There are different procedures for applying for undergraduate study (BA and similar) and for postgraduate study (Masters, PhD and similar).

Deadlines

  • Undergraduate study

The application deadline for the 2018 entry is 15 October 2017, 6.00 pm (UK time).

However, there are some exceptions.  If you are applying for undergraduate study and wish to be interviewed in China, Malaysia or Singapore, the deadline is 20 September 2017.

  • Graduate study

If you are applying for graduate study, please check and apply by the specific course deadline.  Some deadlines are as early as mid-November (LLM Law) and there will be two general course deadlines of 6 December 2017 and 4 January 2018.

Please apply by the relevant deadline set for entry to your particular course and complete the ‘Funding’ section in the online Applicant Portal in order to be considered for funding.

There will be no differential of deadlines for application between UK or EU or International graduate applicants.

Before making an application to the University, research thoroughly your chosen course of study (via the University web site).

Also read the Cambridge Trust’s information about eligibility and the relevant information pages.  Some of the Trust’s scholarships will require you to make an additional application, to the relevant funding partner, so please read carefully the information about individual scholarships for which you may be eligible.

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