Cambridge International Scholarships & Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

The Cambridge Trust is pleased to offer

  • Cambridge International Scholarships - for applicants who are from countries other than the United Kingdom or Ireland
  • Vice-Chancellor's Awards - for UK and Irish nationals who are required to pay fees at the home rate

to applicants who will be undertaking research leading to the degree of PhD at the University of Cambridge in the next academic year.

The aim of the Cambridge International Scholarships and Vice-Chancellor's Awards is to ensure that the highest scored students, irrespective of nationality, receive full financial support to undertake PhD studies.  The Scholarships pay the University Composition Fee and a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single person.

Applicants who wish to start their PhDs in the next academic year must apply by either 5 December 2023 or 4 January 2024, whichever deadline is appropriate for your course.  Please see the Postgraduate Admissions webpage 'Application & Funding Deadlines'.  These deadlines apply to both UK and overseas applicants.  These deadlines apply to courses starting in Michaelmas Term (October 2024), Lent Term (January 2025) and Easter Term (April 2025).

All applicants should complete the funding section of the online application form via the Applicant Portal ticking the box to express their 'wish to be considered for funding' and by completing the Cambridge Trust section. 

A University Committee will draw up one scored list of all PhD applicants across all disciplines.  The only factors taken into consideration in agreeing this list are academic qualifications, references and research potential.  The financial situation of applicants does not affect the selection of scholarship winners.

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. Some of our partner funded awards can take time, and sometimes when offers are declined we may be able to offer them elsewhere.  You will be informed if you have been successful in winning one of these awards.

In order to maximise the number of Scholarships awarded, the Trust will, when appropriate, promote winners of Cambridge International Scholarships and Vice-Chancellor's Awards to other full-cost awards with partner organisations, UK Research Councils or Departments or Colleges, who are willing to provide either the full amount or part of the cost of the scholarship.  Where part of the cost of a scholarship is offered, the Trust will meet the balance.

If a student receives a full-cost scholarship from any source (excluding Gates Cambridge and Harding), the offer of an award from the Trust will lapse and you will be offered the status of 'Honorary Trust Scholar'.  This entitles you to attend the Trust's events but bears no monetary value.  If you have accepted a Gates Cambridge Scholarship or a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship, any offer of an award from the Trust, including those offered with an Honorary status, will immediately lapse.