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Postgraduate Admissions


Each year, the University of Cambridge funding bodies make over 300 offers for funding to new postgraduate students who applied to the Postgraduate Funding. The following University funding bodies are pleased to announce their new scholars for 2020/21 entry.


Cambridge Trust

The Trust is delighted to have been able to make new awards in the name of  170 different scholarships, illustrating the breadth of the partners with whom the Trust collaborates, to  446 students of outstanding academic merit. Representing  70 countries from Australia to Zimbabwe, the successful applicants will commence their studies in October 2020, undertaking degrees in a wide range of subjects, from Advanced Chemical Engineering to Zoology.

Elibilility for the award

The eligibility requirements for most scholarships are:

• significant academic achievement and potential
• financial need (although some scholarship programmes are based on academic merit alone)

Use the scholarship search to find the awards from the Trust for which you may be eligible.

About the Cambridge Trust

Established in the 1980s in order to provide financial support for students on degree courses at Cambridge, the Trust has awarded a total of more than 20,000 scholarships to students from around the world during its 30 year history. This year, the Trust’s team, like many others worldwide, have been working remotely since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020, and doing their utmost to ensure that the process of awarding scholarships was not unduly affected by the disruptions that brought about.

Details of the scholarship winners can be found on the Cambridge Trust’s website.


Gates Cambridge

Seventy-seven scholars from thirty different countries have now been selected for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for 2020/21 entry. To read the full announcement about this year’s awards please visit the Gates Cambridge website.

What makes the ideal candidate?

Gates Scholars come from diverse backgrounds and each brings something unique to the programme. For information about how to make your application stand out, including how Gates select successful candidates, visit this page.

About Gates Cambridge

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university. The programme takes between 80 and 90 scholars each year who demonstrate outstanding intellectual ability, a commitment to improving the lives of others and leadership potential. The programme takes Masters and PhD students from any country outside the UK.

For further information, go to the Gates website.


Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme (HDPSP)

Twenty-nine PhD scholars, from a diverse range of subject areas, have been selected to receive a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Programme (HDPSP) award for 2020/21 entry.

Eligibility for the award

Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships are available to candidates applying to pursue a full-time or part-time residential PhD course of study at the University of Cambridge. Scholarships are open to PhD students of any nationality and in any discipline. To find out more about the HDPSP and what a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship can offer you, please visit the HDPSP website.

About The Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme

The programme was established in February 2019 thanks to an extraordinarily generous donation from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation, the biggest single gift made to a university in the UK by a British philanthropist. These fully funded Scholarships are available to the most talented PhD students in any discipline, from all parts of the UK and the world. The programme takes at least 25 scholars per year.

For further information, go to the HDPSP's website.


Vice-Chancellor’s Awards & Cambridge International Scholarships

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 in 2020/21. The current list of awardees can be found on the scholarships awarded page.

About the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards & Cambridge International Scholarships

The aim of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships is to ensure that the 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.

For further information, please visit this page.