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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 who wish to start their PhDs in 2018-19 must apply by 6 December 2017 or 4 January 2018, whichever deadline is appropriate for your course.  

Please see the Graduate Admissions webpage ‘Application & Funding Deadlines’.

Courses Offered :

  • PhD in Animal Health
  • PhD in Biochemistry
  • PhD in Biological Science (Babraham Institute)
  • Mphil in Biological Science (Biochemistry)
  • PhD in Biological Science (EBI)
  • Mphil in Biological Science (Genetics)
  • Mphil in Biological Science (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit )
  • PhD in Biological Science (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit )
  • Mphil in Biological Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit )
  • PhD in Biological Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit )
  • PhD in Biological Science (MRC Toxicology Unit )
  • Mphil in Biological Science (Pathology )
  • Mphil in Biological Science (Pharmacology )
  • Mphil in Biological Science (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)
  • Mphil in Biological Science (Plant Sciences)
  • Mphil in Biological Science (Psychology)
  • PhD in Biological Science (Sanger Institute)
  • Mphil in Biological Science (Sanger Institute)
  • M.Phil in Biological Science (Zoology)
  • BBSRC DTP PhD in Biological Science
  • M.Phil in Biosciences Enterprise
  • PhD in Biostatistics
  • PhD in Biotechnology
  • M.phil in Biotechnology
  • PhD in clinical Biochemistry
  • Wellcomne Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians
  • PhD in Clinical Neuroscience
  • M.Phil in Computational Biology
  • Mphil + PhD in Developmental Biology
  • PhD in Zoology

+ Much More

Note :

  • 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 2018-19, and the winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for that year, in early March 2018.
  • 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. You will be informed in March 2018 if you are have been successful in gaining a scholarship, following meetings of the Selection Committee.
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How to Apply :

We advise all applicants to apply as early as possible. You should not wait until the day of the deadline to submit your application or supporting documents.

If you are applying for funding, there are two deadlines to consider:

All courses have a deadline beyond which applications cannot normally be considered. However, you should not wait until the day of the deadline to submit your application or supporting documents as there is no guarantee that places will still be available at that point. If a course closes early, the course directory will be updated accordingly. Occasionally deadlines for some subjects will be extended so do check the deadline below as you may still be able to apply even if an earlier deadline has passed.

Please check for your course deadline here

Funding Opportunities

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 opportunities and make the process easier for you as an applicant.

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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.

When will I hear?

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.

Funding Deadlines

The deadlines for the Graduate Funding Competition (including Gates Cambridge) are listed below. You can find deadlines for other scholarships in the Cambridge Funding Search (note that some of these may be earlier than those listed below).

Please note these deadlines are for applicants for courses starting in Michaelmas 2018, Lent 2019 and Easter 2019. Students starting their courses in Lent or Easter 2018 are no longer eligible for the Graduate Funding Competition.

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Applicant Eligibility For the Graduate Funding Competition (including Gates Cambridge)


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Decisions Made

If you are a USA citizen, resident in the USA, and wish to be considered for Gatesfunding.11 October 2017
For all other applicants, the funding deadline is course specific so please check the course directory to see if your course has a December or January funding deadline.6 December 2017 / 4 January 2018Early March onwards

It is also worth keeping an eye on the news updates on the Graduate Admissions Homepage for the latest information on awards being offered.

Application for both is via the same online form but you must apply by whichever deadline comes first. Which this will be depends on the course and your status as explained below.

Please note

  • All deadlines for the submission of the application are 12:00pm (midday) UK timeon the date stated.
  • You must provide all supporting documents at the same time as the rest of your application.

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