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Funding

You will be required to demonstrate that you are able to meet the minimum financial commitment of your course.  For information on course cost see the Graduate Admissions website.

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, departments, Research Councils and central University funds. Full details can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

Funding opportunities are very competitive. Applicants are strongly advised to apply for all sources of funding for which they might be eligible, both internal and external to the University.

Please note that funding deadlines often differ to course application deadlines and you should check relevant deadlines very carefully. For full details please see the Graduate Admissions website. You must apply by whichever deadline comes first.

 

University funding

The Graduate Funding Competition co-ordinates funding from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust and Gates Cambridge. More details can be found here.  Applicants can apply by completing the funding section of the Graduate Application Form via the Applicant Portal.

Prospective students can also use the Cambridge Funding Search page to find out which type of funding they might be eligible for, and how and when to apply.

The deadline for the Graduate Funding competition is 3 January 2019 at 12:00pm (midday UK time). Applications must be complete by the deadline; this includes providing all supporting documents and references. Incomplete applications will be withdrawn.

 

College funding

Many of the Colleges also run funding competitions. Please consult individual College websites for details, including how to apply and deadlines.

 

Research Council Funding

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (BBSRC DTP) Programme

The University of Cambridge offers BBSRC-funded studentships, providing four-year fully funded studentships leading to the degree of PhD (subject to eligibility).  

The BBSRC Programme has four separate Research Themes addressing the strategic research priorities of the BBSRC:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
  • Bioscience for Health
  • World-Class Underpinning Bioscience

Studentships are divided into three main types, Standard, Targeted and iCASE. 

For full information, including how to apply, eligibility criteria and application deadline, please see www.bbsrcdtp.lifesci.cam.ac.uk

The Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

From 2019 onwards the University of Cambridge will offer 3.5 year NERC-funded PhD studentships through the Cambridge Climate, Life, Earth, Atmospheric and Climate (C-CLEAR) DTP each year, to start the following October.

The Cambridge Earth System Sciences (ESS, 2014-2018 intakes) and Climate, Life and Earth (C-CLEAR, 2019 intake-onward) NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships provide PhD training across NERC science. Embedded in the outstanding research environments of the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the Cambridge NERC DTPs are organised around three major research themes: Solid Earth and Geological Hazards, Climate Change and Environmental Processes, and Biology and Conservation.

For full information, including how to apply, eligibility criteria and application deadline, please see https://nercdtp.esc.cam.ac.uk/

 

Departmental Studentships

For details of studentships associated with a particular project and/or a named supervisor, (for example funded by the Research Councils, industrial partners, or specific Trust funds) please see the List of studentships page.