Graduate Funding Opportunities

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.

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.

1. Studentships and bursaries awarded by Christ's College

Only graduates who are accepted for membership by Christ's College are eligble to apply for these awards. The application form will automatically be sent with our College membership letter, and it must be returned by the application deadline to be considered.

1.1 Hamied Graduate Studentship

One studentship is awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence alone. All full-time 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, up to a maximum of £25,000 in total per year. Those students with overseas fee status will receive only the UK equivalent of the tuition fees and maintenance figures. Application deadline: 17 April 2020; notified of outcome by 8 May 2020.

1.2 Li Studentship and Warwick Studentship in the Sciences

Two studentships are awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence alone, each typically worth up to £23,000 per year. All new full-time 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 tuition fees and maintenance figures. Application deadline: 17 April 2020; notified of outcome by 8 May 2020.

1.3 Spyrou Graduate Studentship in Law (LLM only)

One studentship, worth up to £15,000, is awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence alone to a candidate accepted for the LLM course in the Faculty of Law. Application deadline: 1 May 2020; notified of outcome by 15 May 2020.

1.4 Christ’s College Graduate Bursaries

Our bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need and are worth from £1,000 to £3,000 per annum for the duration of a graduate's course (up to 3 years for a PhD). Up to 20 new bursaries are awarded each year. Application deadline: 17 April 2020 if also applying for the graduate studentships, or 19 June 2020 for bursary only; notified of outcome by 10 July 2020 .

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

One studentship, worth up to £6,000 per annum, is awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence 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 deadline: 17 April 2020; notified of outcome by 8 May 2020.

1.6 Yusuf Hamied Developing Countries Bursaries

One or more bursaries are awarded each year on the basis of financial need to graduate students from developing countries in science subjects (including computer science, engineering, mathematics, medical and veterinary sciences). The bursary is worth £5,000 per annum for the duration of a graduate's course (up to a 3 years for a PhD). Application deadline: 17 April 2020 if also applying for the graduate studentships, or 19 June 2020 for bursary only; notified of outcome by 10 July 2020 .

 

2. Studentships awarded jointly by the University of Cambridge and Christ's College

These studentships are awarded in partnership with Faculties and Departments in the University of Cambridge. Graduates who apply for the University's Graduate Funding Competition on their study application form will automatically be considered, providing they submit their application in time for the funding deadline relevant for their course, which can be checked in the Course directory. You do not need to put Christ's College as one of your preference colleges on the study application form. Successful candidates must become a member of Christ's College in order to take up the studentship, and the University will assist with moving membrship to Christ's College if required.

2.1 Christ's College Cambridge UK Masters Scholarships

Three awards are made annually by the Cambridge Trust in partnership with Christ's College, each worth £12,000 for one year. Applicants from the UK with 'Home' fee status  who have applied for an MPhil course in time for the funding deadline relevant to their course are eligible for consideration. The Cambridge Trust will select the successful candidates and inform them directly. Please read the further details from the Cambridge Trust on how to apply for these scholarships.

2.2 Levy–Plumb Studentship in the Humanities (MPhil  only)

One studentship, worth up to £15,000, is awarded each year to support an exceptional candiate accepted for an MPhil course in a Humanities subject. For this purpose, courses in the following Departments and Faculties of the University of Cambridge 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; Linguistics; Modern & Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy. The University will nominate candidates and one will be chosen by Christ's College to receive the studentship.

2.3 Bindesh P. Shah Studentship in Economics (MPhil only)

One studentship, worth up to £18,000, is awarded each year to support an exceptional candiate accepted for an MPhil course by the Faculty of Economics. The Faculty of Economics will select the succesful candidate in partnership with the College to receive the studentship.

2.4 Robert Owen Bishop Studentship in History (MPhil only)

One studentship is awarded each year to an exceptional candidate accepted for an MPhil course by the Faculty of History to support them at an early stage of their research career. The studentship will cover the full University fees of a UK or EU student, plus the minimum maintenance figure required by the University of Cambridge: typically worth £22,500 per year in total. Those students with overseas fee status will receive only the UK equivalent of the tuition fees and maintenance figures. The Faculty of History will select the succesful candidate in partnership with the College to receive the studentship..

2.5 George Kingsley Roth Studentship in Anthropology, Ethnology or History of the South-East Asian or Pacific Basin areas (MPhil only)

One studentship is awarded each year to support an exceptional candidate accepted for the MPhil in Social Anthropology by the Department of Social Anthropology with their research topic in the anthropology, ethnology or history of the South-East Asian or Pacific Basin areas. The studentship will cover the full University fees of a UK or EU student plus the minimum maintenance figure required by the University of Cambridge: typically worth £30,000 per year in total. Those students with overseas fee status will receive only the UK equivalent of the tuition fees and maintenance figures. The Department of Social Anthropology will select the succesful candidate in partnership with the College to receive the studentship.

2.6 Adelaide Stoll Studentship in the History of Drama

One studentship, worth up to £5,000 per annum, is awarded each year to support an exceptional candidate accepted for a course in Faculty of English (including the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic) researching the history of drama in any historical period. The studentship may be held for the duration of the successful applicant’s course (up to 3 years for a PhD). The Faculty of English will select the succesful candidate in partnership with the College to receive the studentship.

3. The following awards are available from time to time but are not available for October 2020 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 Richard and Annie Greenhalgh Studentship in Music: to support an outstanding candidate accepted for a full-time PhD by the Faculty of Music with their research topic in (in order of preference) opera, or cultural and historical musicology of the nineteenth century.  The studentship will cover the full University fees of a UK or EU student plus the minimum maintenance figure required by the University of Cambridge for three years: typically worth £22,500 per annum.  Those students with overseas fees status will receive only the UK equivalent of the tuition fees and maintenance figures. The Faculty of English will select the succesful candidate in partnership with the College to receive the studentship. This award is not expected to be available again until entry for October 2022.

ENQUIRIES

To enquire further about any of these College awards, please get in touch with us on graduates@christs.cam.ac.uk

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT FUNDING SUPPORT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS 

You can apply for many of the University of Cambridge's funding opportunities through the Graduate Funding Competition. The Student Funding Search can help you find out about funding across the University of Cambridge that you may be eligible for and how to apply. Overseas students should also look at the Cambridge Trust's scholarships that are available for study at the University of Cambridge.