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Postgraduate Study


Applying for funding is a key part of the application process. Watch the film above for a quick guide.

Anyone who applies for a postgraduate course at Cambridge can also apply to be considered for funding to help cover their fees and costs.

Students can be fully, partially or self-funded and there are several ways to find funds through the University and from external sources (see box below).

In 2023, 77% of our new PhD students and 24% of our new Masters students received either full or partial funding awards to cover the cost of their study. For a full breakdown, see PDF icon Postgraduate funding stats 2022/23.

Funding search

The main way to find funding is via the University's Postgraduate Funding Search, which contains:

A lot of our students also fund their studies from external funding sources such as charities or government schemes and loans.

Start your search

Top tips

1. Research early - Start researching funding opportunities at least a year before your course begins.

2. Apply early - Many scholarship deadlines are in early December and January for admission in October the following year. If your course starts in January (Lent Term) or April (Easter Term) you may need to apply for funding 18 months in advance.

3. Get funding or arrange finances before you start studying - Without proof of finances you will not be able to study at the University. Do not expect to be able to find funding after your course starts.

4. Apply to every funding opportunity you can - Applying to several funding opportunities will not negatively impact your funding applications. We want you to apply to every funding opportunity possible.

Read our guidance on How to apply for funding and browse our Funding FAQ for further information.