Cambridge International Scholarships and Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

Cambridge International Scholarships and Vice-Chancellor's Awards

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.

About Cambridge International Scholarships and Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

The Cambridge Trust offers

  • 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.

Applicants who wish to start their PhDs in the next academic year must apply by either 1 December 2022 or 5 January 2023, whichever deadline is appropriate for their course.

The Trust’s awards period runs from March to the end of July and is an ongoing process throughout that period. The majority of the full awards are made in March. Students will be informed if they have been successful in winning one of these awards.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive a Cambridge Trust International Scholarship, students must:

  • be liable to pay the Overseas University Composition Fee (i.e. be assessed as ‘Overseas’ for Fee Status purposes).
  • be engaged in a three-year research programme leading to the PhD (i.e. will be registered as PhD, “Probationary PhD” or “CPGS”) starting in the next academic year.
  • be engaged in full-time study.
  • have a high upper-second-class undergraduate honors degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an equivalent from an Overseas Institution.

Please note that all students applying for a course of one-year duration or less (including LLM, MSt, MBA, MED, Part III Mathematics, MPhil) in the next academic year are not eligible for a CISS award in the next academic year.

Selection Criteria for the Cambridge International Scholarships and Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

A University Committee draws up one ranked list of all PhD candidates across all disciplines.  The only factors considered in agreeing on this list are academic qualifications, references and research potential.  The financial situation of applicants does not affect the selection of scholarship winners.

How to Apply

All candidates should submit the Graduate Application Form and complete the funding section of the online application form via the Applicant Portal expressing their ‘wish to be considered for funding’.

For more information about the awards, visit the scholarship webpage.

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