The Trust’s office is currently closed, but the Trust’s team continue to work remotely and are still there for you! Please be assured that, despite these unprecedented times, our staff are doing everything necessary to be able to continue to provide support to our scholars and partners. The Trust is working with a wide range of colleagues and partners to revise and publish accurate and updated information so that scholars can make informed decisions about their work, and take steps to stay safe and well.
We continue to keep our students updated and would ask that you check your e-mail boxes regularly for advice and information from the Trust, and from the University, which is also regularly updating its advice for students. The University’s latest update contains new guidance together with the current plans for the Easter vacation and Easter Term 2021, following the Prime Minister on 22 February setting out the roadmap for exiting the current lockdown.
We appreciate that the current situation may be disruptive to your research and study, and understand that many of you will have questions about your scholarship and the Trust’s policies in relation to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Should you need to contact the Scholarships Team, please do so providing your USN or application number. However, please do not e-mail specific members of staff as this could delay your receiving a response.
The Trust has a dedicated Facebook group for our scholars in residence. This is a private group; only members can see who is in the group, and what they post, and provides a platform through which you can all communicate with each other should you wish to.
We are conscious that many students who have suddenly had their research disrupted may be worried about potential extensions to their funding which may become necessary.
In the unusual circumstances presented by the pandemic of COVID-19, the Cambridge Trust will be considering applications for extensions of maintenance funding for students, on a case-by-case discretionary basis, during the term prior to the end of individual scholarships. Please see the ‘Extension of Funding Guidance’, downloadable on the right of this webpage for Scholars, where you can also download the ‘Extension of Funding Application Form’. Please ensure that should you wish to make an application that you read the Extension of Funding Guidance before doing so.
The Trust will only consider applications for extension funding from scholars in their final year who are approaching the end of their studies. Applications should be submitted at the end of the term preceding the end of your funding (for example, if your funding ends at the end of the academic year in September, you would apply at the end of the Easter Term in June). This is to ensure we have a clear indication of your study and financial needs at that time.
If you are a prospective student or offer holder, you can find advice and the answers to frequently asked questions on the University’s web pages here.