Graduate Funding Opportunities

Apart from the fact that it is an old and very beautiful central Cambridge College with a rich intellectual history, a good reason for applying to Christ's College as a graduate student is the very generous range of studentships and bursaries for which any new graduate student may apply, including some that pay full fees and maintenance costs. 

Any of these awards may be held in conjunction with awards from other bodies.

They are also available to those who are already graduate students at the College and are starting a new course.

COLLEGE AWARDS AND BURSARIES

The specific awards for which new graduate students can apply are listed below.  In recent years the College has given over £200,000 per annum to graduate students as a result of these awards.

Please note that for most of these awards you may only be considered after you have been accepted for membership at Christ’s College.

Each award has an Application method (A) or (B) that is explained in the Application Process section below.

1. OPEN AWARDS FOR WHICH ANY STUDENT MAY APPLY

1.1 Hamied Graduate Studentship

Typically worth up to £20,000 per annum for up to three years: a full-cost studentship awarded annually on the basis of academic excellence alone. All new graduate students are eligible to apply, without restriction of subject or course type. The studentship may be held for the duration of the successful applicant’s course (up to 3 years for a PhD) and will cover the full University fees of a UK or EU student plus the minimum maintenance figure required by the University of Cambridge. Those students with overseas fee status will receive only the UK equivalent of the fees and maintenance figures. Application method A.

1.2 Christ’s College Bursaries

Typically worth up to £3,000 per annum for up to three years.  Awards are made purely on the basis of financial need. Up to 20 new awards are made each year. Application method A.

2. AWARDS THAT ARE RESTRICTED BY SUBJECT AND/OR NATIONALITY

2.1 Li Studentship and Warwick Studentship in the Sciences

Typically worth up to £20,000 per annum for up to three years: two full-cost studentships awarded annually on the basis of academic excellence alone. All new graduate students in science subjects (excluding medicine), technology, engineering or mathematics are eligible to apply, without restriction of course type. Each studentship may be held for the duration of the successful applicant’s course (up to 3 years for a PhD) and will cover the full University fees of a UK or EU student plus the minimum maintenance figure required by the University of Cambridge. Those students with overseas fee status will receive only the UK equivalent of the fees and maintenance figures. Application method A.

2.2 Levy–Plumb Studentship in the Humanities

Typically worth £15,000 for one year only: awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a MPhil student reading a Humanities subject. For this purpose, courses in the following Cambridge University Departments and Faculties are eligible: Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic; Architecture; Archaeology; Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Divinity; Education; English; Geography, excluding Physical Geography; History; History of Art; History & Philosophy of Science; Human, Social and Political Sciences; Linguistics; Modern & Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy. The University will nominate candidates, one of whom will be selected by Christ's College to receive the studentship. Application method B.

2.3 Richard and Annie Greenhalgh Studentship in Music

The Richard and Annie Greenhalgh Studentship is open to PhD (full-time) applicants accepted by the Faculty of Music for 2019 entry, to support one outstanding graduate student whose research topic is, in order of preference: opera, or cultural and historical musicology of the nineteenth century.  The studentship will cover for three years the full University fees of a UK or EU student plus the minimum maintenance figure required by the University of Cambridge: typically £22,000 in total.  Those students with overseas fees status will receive only the UK equivalent of the fees and maintenance figures. The Faculty of Music will nominate candidates, one of whom will be selected by Christ's College to receive the studentship. Application method B.

2.4 Robert Owen Bishop Studentship in History

The Robert Owen Bishop Studentship is open to all MPhil applicants accepted by the Faculty of History, to support an exceptional candidate in history at an early stage of their research career. The Studentship will cover for one year the full University fees of a UK or EU student plus the minimum maintenance figure required by the University of Cambridge: typically £22,000 in total. Those students with overseas fee status will receive only the UK equivalent of the fees and maintenance figures. The Faculty of History nominates one candidate each year to receive the studentship at Christ's College. Application method B.

2.5 Spyrou Studentship in Law

Worth up to £15,000 for one year only: awarded on the basis of academic excellence to any student enrolled on the LLM course in the Faculty of Law. Application method A.

2.6 Bindesh P. Shah Studentship in Economics

Worth up to £18,000 per annum for one year for a student undertaking an Economics-related Master's course, including the MPhil in Economic Research. Open to all students applying to the University in relevant subjects accepted by the Faculty of Economics to support an exceptional candidate. The Faculty of Economics will nominate candidates, one of whom will be selected by Christ's College to receive the studentship. Application method B.

2.7 Christ's College Cambridge UK Masters Scholarships

Three awards are made annually, jointly by the College and the Cambridge Trust, each worth £12,000 for one year. Only UK applicants for MPhil courses are eligible for consideration. Apply on the University's Graduate Application Form by the University's funding deadlines for the chosen course of study. The Cambridge Trust will select the successful candidates and inform them directly. Further information on their administration can be found here. Application method B.

2.8 Sir Satyendra Roy Studentship for the study of Indian and Commonwealth history, economics or relations

One studentship worth up to £6,000 per annum will be awarded annually to a graduate student studying Indian history, Indian economics or Commonwealth history and relations. The studentship may be held for the duration of the successful applicant’s course (up to 3 years for a PhD). Application method A.

2.9 Adelaide Stoll Studentship in Economics or the History of Drama

One studentship worth up to £5,000 will be awarded annually on the basis of academic excellence alone to a graduate student enrolled on a Master’s course studying either economics or the history of drama. Application method A.

2.10 Yusuf Hamied Developing Countries Bursaries

Typically worth up to £5,000 per annum for up to three years: awarded annually on the basis of financial need to graduate students from developing countries who are reading science subjects (including computer science, engineering, mathematics, medical and veterinary sciences). Application method A.

3. THE FOLLOWING AWARDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM TIME TO TIME BUT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCTOBER 2019 ENTRY

3.1 Adela Louise Franks Research Studentship in Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, History or History of Art

3.2 Lloyd Studentship for the study of Literature, History or Archaeology

3.3 Rouse Studentship in Classics

3.4 George Kingsley Roth Studentship in Anthropology, Ethnology or History of the South-East Asian or Pacific Basin areas. For an exceptional MPhil candidate accepted by the Department of Social Anthropology whose research topic is in anthropology, ethnology or history of the South-East Asian or Pacific Basin areas. The Studentship will cover for one year the full University fees of a UK or EU student plus the minimum maintenance figure required by the University of Cambridge: typically worth £27,000 in total. Those students with overseas fee status will receive only the UK equivalent of the fees and maintenance figures. The Department of Social Anthropology nominates one candidate each year to receive the studentship at Christ's College. This award is not expected to be available again until entry for October 2020.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application method A

Please note that you can only apply for these awards if Christ's College accepts you for membership. If we do accept you then you will automatically be sent an application form with our membership letter. You must complete and return it by the deadline of 15 March 2019 and you will be formally informed of the outcome of your application by 24 May 2019. The deadline to apply for the College Bursaries is 21 June 2019 (unless you are also applying for the Graduate Studentships, which have the earlier deadline) and you will be formally informed of the outcome of your application by 12 July 2019.

In order to ensure that you are considered for membership of Christ’s College you should list us as one of your preference colleges on your University application. You do not need to put us as your first preference college, but note that should you put us as your second preference college and you are accepted for membership by your first preference college then we will not receive your application, and you will not be eligible to apply for our funding. You should apply to the University well in advance of our deadline of 15 March 2019 in order for them to process your application in time.

Application method B

It is possible to apply for the Christ’s College Cambridge UK Masters Scholarships, the Levy-Plumb Studentship in the Humanities, the Bindesh P. Shah Studentship in Economics, the Robert Owen Bishop Studentship in History, and the Richard and Annie Greenhalgh Studentship in Music before you have been accepted for membership of Christ’s College. All you need to do is complete the funding section on the University's Graduate Application Form (via the Application Portal), and apply by the University's funding deadlines. You do not need to list Christ’s as one of your preference colleges on your application form, although it will be advantageous to do so, and if your application for funding is successful then you will need to move to Christ’s College in any case.

ENQUIRIES
To enquire further about any of these College awards, please email the Christ's College Graduate Administrator at graduates@christs.cam.ac.uk.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT FUNDING SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS 

The Cambridge Funding Search is the system from the University of Cambridge for applicants to search for funding and awards offered across the University of Cambridge for study at Cambridge (departments, faculties, colleges, central offices and other internal sponsors).  Overseas students should also consult the Cambridge Trusts’ search facility.