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Postgraduate Admissions


There are three main funding deadlines which apply to all three terms in the academic cycle: Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024:

You will need to submit your application by 23:59 GMT on the day of the relevant funding deadline.​

These deadlines relate mainly to University and UKRI funds. Departmental and College funding may have different deadlines. Make sure you check these carefully and make a note of them.

Please check the course directory to find out which funding deadline applies to you. They are listed on the right hand panel of the course page in the section called ‘Funding Deadlines’. Click on this section to show the funding deadlines for that specific course.

Remember that your application and references need to be submitted by the relevant deadline for your funding application to be considered.

There are three ways to apply for University funding:

1. Automatically through the Postgraduate Applicant Portal

By ticking ‘Yes - I wish to apply for funding’ in the funding section of the Applicant Portal, you will automatically be considered for:

  • Most Cambridge Trust funds*, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards
  • Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme (HDPSP)  
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (where eligible)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (where eligible)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) (where eligible)
  • Some department and College funds

*Some Cambridge Trust funds have quite specific eligibility requirements. It may not be obvious if you are eligible for these funds from the information given in your application. You will be able to specify any funds you feel you are 'particularly eligible' for in your application. This is not compulsory but it will help us identify the most suitable funding for you.

To be considered for these funds, you will need to apply by the course funding deadline.

2. Through the Applicant Portal with some additional information

You can apply for other funds through Applicant Portal that require you to complete extra fields within the form or upload an extra application form. 

These funds are:

Gates Cambridge Trust

You will need to complete extra questions within the Applicant Portal and nominate a third reference. More information about applying is available on the Gates Cambridge Trust website).

Medical Research Council (MRC)

To apply for the MRC iCASE studentships, you will need to select from a list of available projects. The list of projects are on the MRC DTP and iCASE Programme page

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) You will need to apply to a specific project and list this in the funding section of your application. The list of projects are on the NERC DTP page.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

You will need to complete and upload an extra form. More information, including the form, are on the OOC DTP website.

Cambridge is part of a consortium with Oxford and the Open University. You can apply for admission to study at as many of the consortium institutions as you wish. However, you must decide in advance which one you would like to apply to for DTP funding.

To be considered for these funds, you will need to apply by the course funding deadline.

3. Through a separate form

There are other University funds that may need an extra application form as they are administered separately. The Postgraduate Funding Search lists many of these funds but we also encourage you to check the following websites:

  • Cambridge Trust: some of the Trust’s partners need you to submit a separate application form. You will still need to tick 'Yes - I wish to apply for funding’ in the Application Portal too. The deadline for the separate application may be different to the course funding deadline.
  • Colleges
  • Departments

Q. More information on funding FAQs

Refer to the funding FAQs page