About Cambridge Trust Scholarships Program
Use our scholarship search (on the right) to find a list of scholarships for which you may be eligible, for courses starting in the academic year 2023/24. 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).
Cambridge Trust Scholarships Eligibility Criteria
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.
All students, irrespective of nationality, are eligible to be considered for funding by the Trust. Please note that the Trust does not offer many scholarships to students on undergraduate courses, and has many more scholarship programmes available to postgraduate students. Approximately 85% of the scholarships awarded each year are to students taking Masters or PhD degrees.
The Trust will not normally support students at a degree level that is the same as, or lower than, a degree they already hold, with two exceptions – we will consider an application from a student who is required to take a second Masters degree at Cambridge in order to gain admission to the PhD here, or from an international student who is proposing to study as an affiliated student at Cambridge for a second BA degree.
The Trust does not have scholarships available for post-doctoral positions, or for visiting or exchange students. Most students register for full-time study, but, in the interests of widening participation, the Trust is able to consider applications from students for part-time study where such courses are offered by the University.
Undergraduate Study Application Process
Applicants intending to pursue a course of undergraduate study at the University of Cambridge should complete and submit a UCAS application by the deadline of 15 October 2022. To apply for funding from the Cambridge Trust you will first need to gain an offer of admission to a Cambridge College.
Full information about undergraduate admission can be found here, on the University’s website. Please be aware that the Trust is unable to admit students to the University or to any of its Colleges.
Once you have an offer of admission to a Cambridge College, you will be invited by your College to complete an application to the Trust to be considered for funding.
You do not need to apply directly to the Trust for funding, as the Trust only considers applicants who are put forward by their Colleges. You will be informed in March/April if you have been successful in gaining a scholarship.
Postgraduate (Masters, PhD and similar) Study Application Process
The Cambridge Trust is a major source of funding to scholars at Cambridge and offers a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. Full information about postgraduate study in Cambridge can be found on the University website.
If you are applying for graduate study, please check and apply by the funding deadline specific to your course. There will be two general course deadlines of 1 December 2022 and 5 January 2023. You do not need to apply to the Trust directly as an application for funding can be made as part of your application for admission to the University.
If you wish to be considered for a scholarship from the Trust, you must complete the funding section of the online application form via the Applicant Portal expressing your wish to be considered for funding and, although you will be considered for all awards that you may be eligible for, you are welcome to provide details of any specific scholarships for which you wish to be considered.
Cambridge Trust Scholarships Deadlines
The UCAS application deadline for 2023 entry is 15 October 2022, 6.00 pm (UK time). However, there are some exceptions. If you are applying for undergraduate study and wish to be interviewed in Malaysia or Singapore, the deadline is 21 September 2022.
If you are applying for postgraduate study, please check and apply by the funding deadline specific to your course. You will need to indicate on your application form that you wish to be considered for funding. There are two general course funding deadlines of 1 December 2022 and 5 January 2023.
These deadlines apply to both UK and overseas applicants. These deadlines apply to courses starting in Michaelmas Term (October 2023), Lent Term (January 2023) and Easter Term (April 2023).
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.