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Postgraduate Admissions


There are several external websites or publications providing a ‘funding search’. Some of the most prominent are listed below:

  • provides advice and listings for scholarships, grants and loans from UK and global sources.
  • PostgraduateFunding provides information on top-up grants, travel bursaries, exchange programme funding, living cost grants and master's funding.
  • FindAMasters and FindAPhD award £12,000 in scholarships to prospective students each year.
  • Scholarships for development is a listing of international scholarships that are open to students from developing countries and international students in general.
  • The Grants Register. Published in hard copy only (£280), it includes information on graduate and professional funding worldwide. Your University library or Careers Service or the British Council in your country may have a copy that you could consult.

Charities and the voluntary sector

Many hundreds of charities make awards to current and prospective graduate students. However, they can be hard to find and may require a specific and specialized approach.

A useful source of information for exploring funding opportunities from charities and voluntary organisations is the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This is an external resource published independently by GradFunding. This award-winning guide is written by two UK-based PhD students who, between them, secured over £50,000 for their study from 50 different charity awards. It provides a database of alternative funding opportunities from charities and trusts and gives advice about how to apply to them, including model personal and financial statements. The University has purchased a licence to the Guide, so it’s free for all students and staff to use. 

Current Cambridge students and staff can use their University email address to register online for access to the Guide.

Applicants who do not yet have a University email account should e-mail which will send you an email containing the Alternative Guide pin, which will enable you to access the Guide.