Vice-Chancellor’s Awards & Cambridge International Scholarships

On behalf of the University, the Cambridge Trust is pleased to offer the Vice-Chancellor's Awards (for UK and EU students) and the Cambridge International Scholarships (for international students) for those undertaking PhD studies.

The aim of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships is to ensure that the 250 highest ranked students, irrespective of nationality, receive full financial support to undertake research leading to a PhD.  The Scholarships pay the University Composition Fee and a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single person.

Applicants from countries outside the EU (classified as 'overseas' for fees purposes) who wish to start their PhDs in 2017-18 must apply by 7 December 2016.   Applicants from the UK and EU (paying the 'home' or EU rate for the University Composition Fee) must apply by 4 January 2017.  Please see the Graduate Admissions webpage 'Application & Funding Deadlines'.

All applicants should complete the funding section of the online application form via the Applicant Portal expressing their 'wish to be considered for funding'.  

A University Committee draws up one ranked list of all PhD candidates 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.

Successful applicants are informed at the earliest opportunity and the Trust will announce the winners of the Cambridge International Scholarships for 2017-18, and the winners of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for that year, in early March 2017.

In order to maximise the number of Scholarships awarded, the Trust will, when appropriate, promote winners of Vice-Chancellor's Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships to other full-cost awards with UK Research Councils, or partner organisations, 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.

In the case of students securing other full-cost scholarships, the Trust will be pleased to offer 'honorary' status which entitles them to become a Trust scholar without remuneration.

The scholarships are awarded early in the academic year, as mentioned above, following this timetable:

7 December 2016 deadline for applications from international students (liable to pay the the University fee at the 'overseas' rate) to be received by the University
4 January 2017 deadline for applications from UK and EU (required to pay fees at the 'home' or EU rate) to be received by the University
January/February 2017 Departments draw up ranked lists of applicants
March 2017 Selection Committee meets to decide on scholarships, and successful candidates are notified immediately