Information for postgraduate applicants

The Cambridge Trust is a major source of funding to scholars at Cambridge and offers a number of scholarships for postgraduate students.

Full information about postgraduate study in Cambridge can be found on the University website.

If you are applying for graduate study, please check and apply by the funding deadline specific to your course.  There will be two general course deadlines of 1 December 2022 and 5 January 2023. 

You do not need to apply to the Trust directly as an application for funding can be made as part of your application for admission to the University.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship from the Trust, you must complete the funding section of the online application form via the Applicant Portal expressing your wish to be considered for funding and, although you will be considered for all awards that you may be eligible for, you are welcome to provide details of any specific scholarships for which you wish to be considered.  

The University’s Postgraduate Admissions web pages contain guidance for applicants on the application process.  In addition, there are help pages applicants can link to directly once the online application is started.  You can also view those help pages by clicking on the relevant link(s) below:

Academic History; Additional Information; Adjustments; College Membership; Contact Details; Employment History; English Language; Equal Opportunity; Finances; Funding Application; Nationality & Visa; Other Information; Personal Details; Reference Request; Research.

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.  Applicants are required to complete the funding section of the postgraduate application form via the Applicant Portal.  Applicants may use the Cambridge Funding Search to find out which type of funding they might be eligible for, and how and when to apply.  

In the Funding Application section, you should include significant income from all sources, including salaries, business profit, rents and dividends, as many of our scholarships require evidence of financial need.

You should aim to fulfill as early as possible the entry requirements of the University including, if necessary, the completion of an English language test.

The eligibility requirements for most scholarships are:

  • significant academic achievement and potential
  • financial need (although some scholarship programmes are based on academic merit alone)

Use the scholarship search to find the awards from the Trust for which you may be eligible.

Read the information about each scholarship carefully, as some will require you to make an additional application, to the relevant funding partner of the Trust.

Funding for international students with financial need is highly competitive.  We expect students with financial need to research and apply for all suitable scholarships, and to make applications to the Trust’s funding partners if required.

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.  You will be notified if you are successful.

The Trust plays no role in the admission of applicants to the University, and is not able to influence the chances of an applicant being offered a place.

The University's International Student Office can provide visa advice on a range of student immigration matters.  Please see the information pages for further details, or submit your query via e-mail to the team.