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The allocation of studentships from the schemes available locally in Cambridge is made on a competitive basis, and students are automatically considered as candidates for any awards for which they are eligible, or which their prospective supervisor has available at his/her disposal. There is usually no separate application form for such awards.

Check your fee status and course costs on the Postgraduate Admissions finance webpage.

The Student Funding Search (funding database compiled by the Board of Graduate Studies) is the best guide to the funding available but you may wish to look at our own fully-funded PhD studentship listings to identify funding available from the Department, and at information on funding available from certain Colleges.

1. Research Council Studentships

Most of the funding available to students who pay ‘home rate’ fees comes from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). There is a variety of funding schemes, but in general, students who meet the qualifying criteria are eligible for a full award for fees, stipend and consumables/travel allowance). Students who are UK Nationals (and meet the residency criteria), or those who have settled status, pre-settled status (and meet the residency criteria), or indefinite leave to remain, are eligible for a home rate award. Each year a small number of bursaries is available on a competitive basis to meet the difference between home and overseas fee for candidates who score highly in the ranking exercise for studentships available from the University and Cambridge and Gates Trusts, deadline early December.

2. Industrial Funding

The Department has strong links with industry in the UK and overseas and, on occasion, funding may be available from an industrial organisation, either as a full award, or a supplement to another studentship

3. Studentships available from the University, and Cambridge and Gates Trusts

Information about the competitive funding opportunities available locally for home rate and overseas fee paying students is on the Postgraduate Admissions pages. The deadline for applications is early December.  

Additional funding schemes

There are a number of other smaller funding schemes that are offered by individual Colleges and other organisations.  Further information is found on the Postgraduate Admissions funding webpage.