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Postgraduate Admissions

 

Many hundreds of charities make awards to current and prospective postgraduate students. Unfortunately, these opportunities are not always advertised so they can be hard to find and may require a specific and specialised approach. Charities offering funding usually also have specific terms and conditions attached. Below we have put together a list of useful pages and funding opportunities to help you save time searching for charities that match your academic, societal or economic background.

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

They are a useful source of information for exploring funding opportunities from charities and voluntary organisations. It 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. The University has purchased a licence to the Guide, so it is free for all students and staff to use. Applicants who do not yet have a University email account should e-mail altguide.pgfunding@admin.cam.ac.uk to receive the Alternative Guide access pin. Current Cambridge students and staff can use their University email address to register online for access to the Guide.

The Charities Digest publication or online Charity Register

This has a comprehensive list of charities. The Charities Digest is not available online so you can ask your University Library or Careers Service if they have this.

The Directory of Grant Making Trusts publication

This is a best-selling guide to funding from grant-making charities. This is not available online so you can ask your University Library or Careers Service if they have this.

The Educational Grants Directory publication

This publication contains over 800 sources of non-statutory financial help for people in education. This is not available online so you can ask your University Library or Careers Service if they have this.

The Grants Register

The Register includes information on postgraduate and professional funding worldwide and is only published in hard copy (it is not available online). You will need to speak to your University Library, Careers Service or the British Council in your country as they may have a copy that you can access. 

Postgraduate Studentships

This provides a search for charity and Trust funding in specific subject areas.

Turn2Us

This has a searchable database of available charitable grants.