University of Cambridge Scholarship Opportunities 2018-2019


Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge has a very rich history, with its oldest college Peterhouse dating back to the year 1284. Some of its most famous alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, the British physicist who discovered gravity, the actor Ian McKellen, the mathematician Stephen Hawking, the actress Emma Thompson and the newspaper editor Arianna Huffington.

About University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge has achieved greatly in four categories: research, innovation, teaching and specialist criteria. In addition to being the fourth best university in the world, the University of Cambridge is fifth in the graduate employment rankings.

The University of Cambridge is also very competitive in a number of specialisms and ranks among the top three universities in the world for English language and literature, geography, history, modern languages, mechanical engineering, the natural sciences and many others.

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. You can use our Cambridge Funding Search page to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. We also operate a Graduate Funding Competition to co-ordinate some of these funding opportunites and make the process easier for you as an applicant.


Level/Field of study:

The funding are available for pursuing the different types and levels in the various field of study.

Host Nationality:

The scholarship is hosted by the University of Cambridge, UK.

Explore funding options

 Graduate Funding Competition

To make this application process easier for applicants, we operate a Graduate Funding Competition. Read more

 Cambridge Trust

The Cambridge Trust awards approximately 500 scholarships annually to selected students at PhD, Masters and undergraduate level, in all subjects. Read more

Gates Cambridge

Gates Cambridge awards 95 full-cost scholarships each year for a postgraduate degree in any subject at the University of Cambridge. Read more

 UK Research Councils

The UK Research Councils fund research in arts, humanities, science and engineering disciplines. Scholarships are normally for doctoral study. Read more


For more information about the kinds of loans available to home and overseas students, please check here. Read more

How to Apply

It is easy to apply for funding at Cambridge. Eighty per cent of the funding awarded to applicants last year was from competitions that just require you to complete the funding section of the Graduate Application Form (via the Applicant Portal); you will be able to check using our funding search for options that you aren’t automatically considered for. The most important thing to remember is this: get your applications in early! See below for deadlines.

Funding Timeline

Most funding awards are made between the beginning of March and the end of July with the majority of awards being made in March and April. If you haven’t heard by the end of July, you should assume that your application for funding has been unsuccessful.


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