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Cambridge International Scholarship

These prestigious scholarships are offered to applicants who are from countries other than the United Kingdom or Ireland, in any subject, who are highly ranked by their prospective Departments within the University, and are awarded on the basis of academic ability and research potential, examination results, and references. The financial situation of applicants does not affect selection. They are tenable at any College.


No separate application is required for this scholarship, only the application to the University of Cambridge for admission, which must be submitted by the funding deadline specific to your course (please refer to the Postgraduate Course Directory).



University tuition fee

Annual stipend (sufficient for a single person)

Immigration Health Surcharge

Funding partners: University of Cambridge

Cambridge International Scholarships & Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

The Cambridge Trust is pleased to offer

> Cambridge International Scholarships - for applicants who are from countries other than the United Kingdom or Ireland

> Vice-Chancellor's Awards - for UK and Irish nationals who are required to pay fees at the home rate

to applicants who will be undertaking research leading to the degree of PhD at the University of Cambridge in the next academic year.

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

Applicants who wish to start their PhDs in the next academic year must apply by either 1 December 2023 or 5 January 2024, whichever deadline is appropriate for your course.  Please see the Postgraduate Admissions webpage 'Application & Funding Deadlines'.

All applicants should complete the funding section of the online application form via the Applicant Portal ticking the box to express their 'wish to be considered for funding' and by completing the Cambridge Trust section. 

A University Committee will draw up one scored list of all PhD applicants 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

The Trust’s awards period runs from March to the end of July and is an ongoing process throughout that period. The majority of our full awards are made in March. Some of our partner funded awards can take time, and sometimes when offers are declined we may be able to offer them elsewhere.  You will be informed if you have been successful in winning one of these awards.

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

If a student receives a full-cost scholarship from any source (excluding Gates Cambridge and Harding), the offer of an award from the Trust will lapse and you will be offered the status of 'Honorary Trust Scholar'.  This entitles you to attend the Trust's events but bears no monetary value.  If you have accepted a Gates Cambridge Scholarship or a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship, any offer of an award from the Trust, including those offered with an Honorary status, will immediately lapse.


Use our scholarship search to find a list of scholarships for which you may be eligible, for courses starting in the academic year 2024/25  Please read the information for each scholarship carefully as some awards require a separate application, and there may be additional criteria.

Please note, as we are often renewing our scholarship agreements the list of available scholarships in any academic year is subject to change.  We would advise you to check the list regularly.

All scholarships are available only for study at the University of Cambridge, and require that you apply to the University via the normal online application form, and by the relevant deadline (please see below for deadlines).


Applicants must be intending to start a course at the level of:

> Undergraduate (excluding UK applicants)

> Masters (such as MPhil, MASt, LLM)

> Research postgraduate (such as PhD)

The Trust does not offer full-cost scholarships for MBA or MFin programmes.  The Trust will consider co-funding students on MBA and MFin who are nominated to the Trust by funding partners (who may have their own procedures for applying).

The Trust is unable to offer scholarships for part-time MSt courses at any Department within the University.  Please note, MSt courses are not the same as MASt courses.

Awards Process

As the Trust receives an extremely large number of applications, your patience would be appreciated while waiting for a decision.  The Trust’s awards period runs from March to the end of July and is an ongoing process throughout that period. The majority of our full awards are made in March, but some of our partner-funded awards can take longer to process.  In addition, we may able to promote reserve candidates if and when offers are declined.

As long as you have applied by the funding deadline and have a conditional offer of admission for your course, you will be considered for any awards for which you are eligible.  Your application will remain under consideration until the end of our awards period.

Please note that due to the number of applications the Trust receives, it is not possible to notify unsuccessful applicants.  Awardees will be notified as soon as possible.


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