University-wide and External Financial Support

There are many different sources of financial support available, ranging from student loans and bursaries administered by the Government to funding offered by the University of Cambridge.  Please view the links below for further information. 

Current Undergraduate Students (BA, MSci, MEng)

Name and purpose

 

Eligibility

Typical amount awarded*

Application information and deadline

Bell, Abbott and Barnes Fund

Unexpected financial difficulties
 

UK, EU or overseas [Only BA, MSci, MEng, or students taking a Part III course who have not yet collected their BA degree]

£100 to £1,000 [or up to £2,000 in certain circumstances]

£375* in 2015-2016

Web Link

Discuss application with College Tutor
Application Form for College Tutor only

One application deadline each Term [Division of Term dates]

Cambridge Bursary Scheme

Cambridge education costs
 

UK and EU only

[With a household income of below £42,620]

Up to £3,500 per annum [amount awarded is dependent upon parental income]

Web Link

Automatically assessed by the Student Loans Company as part of any application for student finance from the UK Government

Instrumental Awards for Chamber Music

Instrumental lesson costs

UK, EU or Overseas

Up to £200, plus regular coaching and masterclasses

Web Link

Application Form

 

Deadline: 28 February 2019

Crane's Charity

Medical costs

Junior members in residence

£500 to £700

£764* in 2016-2017

Web Link

 

Any time throughout the year

Exceptional Hardship Fund

 

Exceptional financial hardship

Current undergraduate students who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship or intermitting students who have no other available financial support

[This fund is intended for genuine cases of hardship not ordinarily covered by other hardship funds, or where other hardship funds have been exhausted] 

Up to £1000 Application Form

College support must be sought for your application

Supported applications will be submitted by the Senior Tutor

 

Any time throughout the year, but this new fund is limited

 

Current Postgraduate Students

Name and purpose

Eligibility

Typical Amount Awarded*

Application information and deadline

Exceptional Hardship Fund

 

Exceptional financial hardship

Current postgraduate students who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship or intermitting students who have no other available financial support

[This fund is intended for genuine cases of hardship not ordinarily covered by other hardship funds, or where other hardship funds have been exhausted] 

Up to £1000 Application Form

College support must be sought for your application

Supported applications will be submitted by the Senior Tutor

 

Any time throughout the year, but this new fund is limited

Graduate Hardship Fund [administered by the Student Registry]

Financial Hardship

PhD, MLitt or MSc theses only

No limit, but the fund will not meet the total cost of printing and binding for each student

Web Link
Application Form

17 March 2019 [Lent] 16 June 2019 [Easter] 16 September 2019 [Long Vacation]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The College offers a number of Scholarships and Studentships to fund the cost of courses, either in part or in full, to enable students to continue their education in the following subject areas:

Name and purpose

 

Eligibility Typical Amount Awarded* Application information and deadline

Glynn Jones Scholarship

Business and management education

[Fund the cost or part cost of a course at Cambridge University or other institution in this country or abroad of not more than two years' duration]

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni

At least one partially or fully-funded scholarship

£14,070*

Competition Information

Apply Online

31 May 2019 - Closed
 

John Whitworth Studentship

 

Postgraduate course at Downing in Natural Sciences or Geography

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni One fully-funded studentship

£7,252* [mean over 4 years]

Competition Information

Apply Online

 

7 May 2019 - Closed

Alf Monk

[administered by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust]

 

Masters course at Downing in English

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni

These scholarships are available to UK applicants with 'Home' fee status for one-year MPhil courses of study.

[To be eligible for consideration in the Graduate Funding Competition you will need to submit your application to study and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal by the relevant deadlines. You will also need to complete the funding section to indicate that you wish to be considered for funding]

One studentship of up to £12,000 [£6,000 paid by College, £6,000 paid by Cambridge Trust]

No application form, assessed as part of the Masters application process via the Graduate Funding Competition

Awards are made automatically as part of the Cambridge Trust application process

 

Variable funding deadlines dependent upon application subject

Alf Monk Studentship

Postgraduate course at Downing in English

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni

[Conditional upon the recipient becoming a member of Downing if not already a member]

One studentship of up to £6,000

£5,500* [mean over 4 years]

Competition Information

Apply Online [Please note, this competition will only open for applications in a given year if funds remain unallocated by the Graduate Funding Competition above]

 

Closed for applications in 2019

Ralph Lewin - F E Fritsch Prize Studentship

 

[Administered by the Department of Plant Sciences as part of their admissions' process]

Postgraduate course at the Department of Plant Sciences in Phycology
[the study of algae]

Graduate or alumni

[Must be intending to register for the PhD Degree in the Department of Plant Sciences]

One fully-funded studentship, tenable for up to three years

[All College and University Fees, as well as a contribution towards research expenses and a living allowance]

£20,406* in 2014-2015

Information

How to Apply

Please contact the Graduate Student Administrator at the Department of Plant Sciences for further information

 

Variable deadlines

Percy Lander [administered by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust]

Masters course at Downing in Medical Science

[preference for Cancer/Chemotherapy]

 

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni

These scholarships are available to UK applicants with 'Home' fee status for one-year MPhil courses of study.

[To be eligible for consideration in the Graduate Funding Competition you will need to submit your application to study and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal by the relevant deadlines. You will also need to complete the funding section to indicate that you wish to be considered for funding]

One studentship of up to £12,000 [£6,000 paid by College, £6,000 paid by Cambridge Trust] No application form, assessed as part of the Masters application process via the Graduate Funding Competition

Awards are made automatically as part of the Cambridge Trust application process

 

Variable funding deadlines dependent upon application subject

Stephen Fleet Scholarship

 

Postgraduate course at Downing [non-subject specific]

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni Two scholarships of up to full-cost

Competition Information

Apply via the Graduate Admissions online applicant portal

Awards are made automatically as part of the Cambridge Trust application process

 

Variable funding deadlines dependent upon application subject

Robson

[administered by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust]

 

Masters course at Downing in Electrical Sciences

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni
These scholarships are available to UK applicants with 'Home' fee status for one-year MPhil courses of study.

[To be eligible for consideration in the Graduate Funding Competition you will need to submit your application to study and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal by the relevant deadlines. You will also need to complete the funding section to indicate that you wish to be considered for funding]

One studentship of up to £12,000 [£6,000 paid by College, £6,000 paid by Cambridge Trust]

No application form, assessed as part of the Masters application process via the Graduate Funding Competition

Awards are made automatically as part of the Cambridge Trust application process

 

Variable funding deadlines dependent upon application subject

Robson Studentship

Postgraduate course at Downing in Electrical Sciences

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni
[Conditional upon the recipient becoming a member of Downing, if not already a member]

Studentships up to a maximum of £11,000

£4,000* [mean over 4 years]

Competition Information

Apply Online [Please note, this competition will only open for applications in a given year if funds remain unallocated by the Graduate Funding Competition above]

 

Closed for applications in 2019

Parke Davis

[administered by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust]

 

Masters course at Downing in Biological Sciences

Undergraduate, graduate or alumni

These scholarships are available to American applicants with an 'Overseas' fee status for one-year MPhil courses of study.

[To be eligible for consideration in the Graduate Funding Competition you will need to submit your application to study and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal by the relevant deadlines. You will also need to complete the funding section to indicate that you wish to be considered for funding]

One studentship of up to £12,000 [£6,000 paid by College, £6,000 paid by Cambridge Trust]

No application form, assessed as part of the Masters application process via the Graduate Funding Competition

Awards are made automatically as part of the Cambridge Trust application process

 

Variable funding deadlines dependent upon application subject

Jardine Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Undergraduate course at Downing [non-subject specific]

Undergraduate offer holder

[Applicants must be resident in any of the countries or territories in which the Jardine Matheson Group has significant business interests]

Fully-funded scholarships [to cover the range of fees and expenses necessary to support studies]

Jardine Foundation
Competition Information
Eligibility Criteria
Application Information

 

Re-opens for applications in 2020

Jardine Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

Postgraduate course at Downing [non-subject specific]

Postgraduate offer holder

[Applicants must be resident in any of the countries or territories in which the Jardine Matheson Group has significant business interests]

One scholarship [sufficient to cover University and College fees and an annual stipend to cover accommodation costs, reasonable living expenses and travel expenses to and from College at the beginning and end of the course]

Jardine Foundation
Competition Information
Application Form

 

21 March 2019 - Closed

The Sheikh Family Bursaries

(Funding for undergraduate Muslim home students)

The COSARAF Charitable Foundation has established The Sheikh Family Bursaries in order to award hardship funds to undergraduate Muslim home students in financial need.  The Bursaries will open to undergraduate home students who are in financial difficulties in all Cambridge Colleges and particularly to those suffering unexpected hardship. They provide grants of up to £2,000 per annum.  There is one application deadline in the middle of each term: you should, well in advance, give full details of your financial situation to your Tutor who can apply on your behalf.

Apply for a Sheikh Family Bursary.

College and University Funding for Sport

Name and purpose

 

Eligibility

Typical Amount Awarded*

Application information and deadline

Downing Alumni Sports Fund
To enable students to participate in sporting activities
[Priority will be given to applications which will enable students to participate in sports they have not previously been able to try]

Current undergraduate or graduate competing at any level

[Only one application per person per annum]

£21.00 to £72.50

£52.85* in 2017-2018

Application Form

Closed Re-opens for applications in Oct 2019
 

Eric Evans Fund
[Managed by the University's Director of Sport]
To support students who wish to improve their personal sporting performance beyond University level or to enable them to undertake qualifications with officiating, coaching or the administration of sport

Current undergraduate or graduate

£300*

Information and Application Forms

 

Closed Re-opens for applications in Oct 2019

Griffins Alumni Sports Fund
[Managed and advertised by the Griffins Club]
To help cover costs associated with playing sport at University level [annual subs, transport or coaching]

Griffins members who represent the University in any Blue or Half Blue sport [including Ultimate Frisbee]

£* [TBC]

Information

Facebook

 

Closed

Hawks' Charitable Trust
[Managed by the Hawks' Club]
To provide grants to current students whose sporting activities are being inhibited by financial constraints

Current undergraduate or graduate who are resident members of, and competing for, the University

[eligible sports should normally be those for which Blues or Half Blues are awarded]

£100.00 to £750.00

£188* in 2016-2017

Information

Application Form

Closed Re-opens for applications in Oct 2019

There are also a number of other prizes connected with Tripos results for which students can apply to as follows:

Name and purpose

 

Eligibility

Amount Awarded

Application information and deadline

Judy C Petty
Scholarships for those who have made an outstanding contribution to Music and the Arts while at Cambridge

Any undergraduate hoping to graduate at General Admission in June 2019

Up to two Scholarships of £200

Information

Apply Online

7 May 2019 - Closed

Harrison
Prize for the best dissertation

Any undergraduate in their final year reading a Biological subject in Part II or Part III of their Tripos

£100

Information

Apply Online

10 May 2019 - Closed

Pilley
Scholarships for those who have shown proficiency in University examinations and have displayed good influence and qualities of leadership through College team sports

Any undergraduate hoping to graduate at General Admission in June 2019

Up to four Scholarships of £200

Information

Apply Online

7 May 2019 - Closed

R J White
Prize for the best essay on any historical subject

Undergraduate reading any subject

£200

Information

Apply Online

10 May 2019 - Closed