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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute) is no longer accepting new applications.

Funding Opportunities

Studentships offered by AHRC, ESRC and NERC, and other funding opportunities may be available. Details, eligibility criteria and application deadlines can be found at here. If you wish to be considered for a Research Council studentship you should indicate this on your application form.

Eligible applications received by the Cambridge NERC DTP application deadline will be considered for NERC-funded studentships. A full studentship will cover the cost of fees at home rate and a maintenance allowance. Students with overseas-fee status will need to secure additional funds to provide the fee difference. For this reason, applicants seeking NERC funding are strongly advised to submit their application by the department’s December funding competition deadline to be considered for all eligible sources of funding.

General Funding Opportunities


Fees and Maintenance

My fee status is:

I shall have the following financial dependants:

Your Estimated Annual Commitment:


Component Cost
University Composition Fee £9,111
Maintenance £15,250
Total Annual Commitment £24,361
Component Cost
University Composition Fee £9,111
Maintenance £15,250
Total Annual Commitment £24,361

Additional costs may be incurred in relation to PhD associated fieldwork and/or research trips.  These will be bespoke to the individual student and project and applicants should discuss any potential additional costs with their intended supervisor prior to application. Once students are in the Institute / Department, there are limited funds for which students can apply to cover such additional costs. However, this is likely to be insufficient to cover all costs, so students may have to find additional funding elsewhere, e.g. University/College funding.

Applicants for research in polar studies should select the following course: PhD (probationary) in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute. The Institute / Department will then decide into which category – Polar Studies (Natural Science) or Polar Studies (Social Sciences and Humanities) – your application falls. This will affect the level of fee paid by applicants with overseas fee status.

Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Scott Polar Research Institute

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
March 31, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.