Awards from the Trust
The Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust considers applications for funding from students who have conditional offers of admission to Cambridge, but who would not be able to take up their places without financial assistance. However, some scholarships, including the Cambridge International Scholarship and Cambridge Australia Scholarships, do not include financial need as a criterion.
The Trust is funded by a variety of sources – interest paid on investment, substantial donations made by the University and Trinity College, and our many partners worldwide. Details of the Trust's funding partners can be seen at Our partners.
Full-cost scholarships are normally attached to particular countries, levels of study and, in some cases, specific areas of study. These scholarships pay fees (adjusted each year to cover any increases set by the University, Departments or Colleges) and annual maintenance (reviewed annually by the Trust). Full-cost scholarships may also include travel and other costs, and details are included in each scholar’s formal offer letter.
Part-scholarships normally consist of a fixed annual sum, or a particular element of the fees. If you receive a part-scholarship, you are not eligible to apply to the Trust for an increase in your funding.
All scholarships are tenable for the period set out in the offer letter, subject to satisfactory progress, to being in residence in Cambridge, and to any other conditions specified by the University, the College, the Trust or its funding partners.
The Trust will consider only in the most exceptional circumstances any revision of the terms of an award after it has been offered and accepted. Applications for an increase in an award because of changes in family circumstances will not normally be considered. In particular, the Trust will not consider applications for increases in awards based on the failure of you or your sponsors to honour a financial guarantee given as a condition of admission.
Individual awards from the Trust do not usually extend beyond the maximum length of the course for which scholars have received an award, except in exceptional circumstances. Further information about additional grants can be found below. However, there is no restriction on scholars receiving awards from the Trust for further courses of study – e.g. the Trust may award a scholarship for MPhil study, and then may award a further scholarship for PhD study. To be eligible for further awards, scholars must apply for a further course of study in the usual way via Postgraduate Admissions and be entered into the funding competition for consideration.
If you are already in residence in Cambridge, you are only eligible to apply for awards offered by the Trust if you are applying for a further course of study following completion of your current course, or if a case can be made to the Trust on the grounds of hardship.
Many of the awards offered by the Trust are jointly-funded, with support from more than one source. You and your College will be informed of the sources of support for your award wherever relevant.
Trust awards are not capable of being transferred from one academic year to the next and must be taken up at the beginning of one of the academic terms in the year of award, i.e. at the beginning of October, January or April, depending on permission being given by the relevant Department/Faculty, College and Postgraduate Admissions Office for entry from January or April. Please note that it is not possible to defer your application from one year to the next; you will need to re-apply for admission and upload the supporting documentation through the Applicant Portal to the University’s Postgraduate Admissions office by the relevant deadline.