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.

Most of the Trust’s scholarship programmes require you to apply for admission to the University by the relevant funding deadline if you wish to start a course in the 2017-18 academic year:

  • 7 December 2016 for international applicants
  • 4 January 2017 for home and EU applicants

However, if your chosen course has a deadline that is earlier than 7 December 2016, you must apply by the earlier date (for example, the deadline for applying to take the LLM is 15 November 2016).

You do not need to apply to the Trust directly as an application for funding can be completed at the same time as 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 give details of the scholarships for which you wish to be considered.  

The University’s Graduate 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 graduate 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 and EU 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.

You will be informed between late March and July if you have been successful in gaining a scholarship.

The University's International Student Team provides a Visa Advice Service, offering free, confidential advice on a range of immigration matters.  Please see the Service's information pages for further details, or submit your query via e-mail to the Team.