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Postgraduate Admissions


Every year the University of Cambridge awards over £100m in scholarships to new postgraduate students. This money is made up of a number of generous University and College endowments as well as government Research Council (UKRI) funds. Many of our students are also able to fund their studies from external sources, such as loans, charities or government schemes. 

Applying for funding is a key part of applying for postgraduate study at University of Cambridge, as this is usually awarded separately. Therefore, we recommend you carefully read these pages to help you understand what is required of you and what funding opportunities Cambridge offers. 

Our major internal sources of funding are: Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge Trust, Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme, Research Councils and collectively College and departmental schemes. See the menu on the left for more information about each of these.

In 2020, 74% of our new PhD students and 26% of our new Masters students were awarded funding (either full or partial). See a full break down of how our students are funded.

You can find out about a range of funding opportunities from across the collegiate University using the Student Funding Search. For more information about funding sources outside the University, please see the External Funding page.


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Useful Advice

  • Research early - start researching funding opportunities at least a year before your course begins.
  • Apply early - many scholarship deadlines are around early December, for admission in the following year. If your course starts in January or April you may need to apply for funding 18 months in advance.
  • Get funding or arrange financing before you start studying - without proof of finances you will not be admitted to the University and will not be able to study here. Do not expect to be able to find funding after your course starts.
  • Apply for many funding opportunities - both internal and external to the University, which are outlined in these pages. If you’re applying for a departmental award or funded place, do also apply for other funding schemes so you don’t miss the deadlines for other opportunities if the department does not offer you an award.
  • If you’re awarded more than one full scholarship, you have to choose just one and reject the others. However, you are allowed to hold multiple scholarships for smaller amounts that total a full award.