Use our scholarship search (on the right) to find a list of scholarships for which you may be eligible. Please read the information for each scholarship carefully as some awards require a separate application, and there may be additional criteria.

Please note, as we are often renewing our scholarship agreements the list of available scholarships in any academic year is subject to change.  We would advise you to check the list regularly.

All scholarships are available only for study at the University of Cambridge, and require that you apply to the University via the normal online application form, and by the relevant deadline (please see below for deadlines).


Applicants must be intending to start a course at the level of:

  • Undergraduate (excluding UK applicants)
  • Masters (such as MPhil, MASt, LLM)
  • Research postgraduate (such as PhD)

The Trust does not offer full-cost scholarships for MBA or MFin programmes.  The Trust will consider co-funding students on MBA and MFin who are nominated to the Trust by funding partners (who may have their own procedures for applying).

Please read the Trust's webpages on eligibility.

Application Process

There are different procedures for applying for undergraduate study (BA and similar) and for postgraduate study (Masters, PhD and similar).

You must have applied for admission to the University by the relevant deadline and have a conditional offer of admission to be considered for Cambridge Trust funding. 

If a separate application is required, you must have applied to the University by the relevant deadline and have a conditional offer of admission, in conjunction with submitting the separate application, in order to be considered.


Undergraduate study

The UCAS application deadline for the 2021 entry is 15 October 2021, 6.00 pm (UK time) 

However, there are some exceptions.  If you are applying for undergraduate study and wish to be interviewed in Malaysia or Singapore, the deadline is 20 September 2021.  In order to minimise COVID-related risks to applicants, students and staff, overseas interviews will be conducted remotely.

Postgraduate study

If you are applying for postgraduate study, please check and apply by the funding deadline specific to your course.  You will need to indicate on your application form that you wish to be considered for funding.

There are two general course funding deadlines of 2 December 2021 and 6 January 2022. These deadlines apply to both UK and overseas applicants.

Awards Process

As the Trust receives an extremely large number of applications, your patience would be appreciated while waiting for a decision.  The Trust’s awards period runs from March to the end of July and is an ongoing process throughout that period. The majority of our full awards are made in March, but some of our partner-funded awards can take longer to process.  In addition, we may able to promote reserve candidates if and when offers are declined.

As long as you have applied by the funding deadline and have a conditional offer of admission for your course, you will be considered for any awards for which you are eligible.

Please note that due to the number of applications the Trust receives, it is not possible to notify unsuccessful applicants.  Awardees will be notified as soon as is possible.

More information

There are a significant number of other funding sources available for postgraduate applicants to the University of Cambridge, details of which can be found on the University’s Postgraduate Funding Search.

Before making an application to the University, research thoroughly your chosen course of study (via the University website).

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.


The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. 

The Universities Minister for England announced on 28 May 2019 that students from the European Union starting courses in England in the 2020/21 academic year will continue to be eligible for home fee status. This allows the University of Cambridge to confirm that the fee for postgraduate EU students who are already studying at Cambridge, or who will start their studies in 2019 or 2020, will be at the applicable Home/EU rate for the duration of their course.

The Universities Minister for England announced on 23 June 2020 that EU (except Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland), other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. Information on the level of fees charged for postgraduate courses for entry in 2021/22 will be available on this website from 1st September 2020.

Our international students contribute to making Cambridge a vibrant and diverse place in which to study and we continue to extend a welcome to those students. EU students should regularly check for updates here.

More information can be found in the UK Government’s guidance for EU students, published on 31 January, and in the British Council’s advice for EU students.