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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

There are various opportunities for funding from fully or part funded studentship programmes and scholarships to Government loans. 

Scholarships administered by University

For Gates and Cambridge Trust scholarships, you apply by submitting a Graduate Application (GRADSAF) to the University by the dates shown.  However some scholarships will also require you to make an additional application, to the relevant funding partner of the Trust - please use the scholarship search to find the awards from the Trust for which you may be eligible and read the information about each scholarship carefully.

Gates Cambridge Trust:

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK  with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others to pursue a full time Postgraduate course at Cambridge.  

To be considered you must tick the relevant box on the Gradsaf when you apply for your chosen course of study, and highlight how you feel you meet the selection criteria with practical examples of any leadership roles or evidence of humanitarian commitment where possible .   It is also highly recommended that you submit an additional Research proposal (1 side A4) with your application, please liaise with your Supervisor to produce this.

Deadlines to apply: Currently closed.  Applications for 2022/23 academic year: deadlines: will be early October 2021 (US residents) and 6th January 2022 (International). 

Cambridge Trust:

The Cambridge Trust awards approximately 500 scholarships annually to selected students at PhD, Masters and undergraduate level, in all subjects. Of these, about one-third are full-cost. The principal channel for funding for international students at Cambridge, the Trust works with more than 80 funding partners to enhance the range of scholarships available, and aspires to support as many outstanding students as possible.

Deadlines to apply: .  Applications for 2022/23 academic year:  6th January 2022 

Alexander Crummel Studentships - deadline 15th April 2022:

These scholarships are  aimed at students with Black or Black-Mixed ethnicity, UK-domiciled, applying for a degree in a science-based subject at the University of Cambridge:

Specific Funding for Vets

Clinical Research Training Fellowship (click here for FAQs) - various deadlines see link

Government Loans (eligibility criteria apply)

MPhil: Loans of up to £11,570 are available -   Please see details here.
PhD: Loans of up to £27,892 are available -  Useful Info here


Funded PhD Programmes

  • MRC DTP:  (3.5 yr studentship):    Applications open from early October for entry in the following October, deadline to apply (tbc) early December 2021.   For details click here.

  • Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians: (3 yrs)  Funded PhD opportunities for medical or veterinary graduates. The fellowships provide funding for: clinical salary, University and College fees and research consumables for 3 years.  Prior to commencement, the Programme provides up to three months of additional salary support, enabling successful applicants to experience research in different groups before making an informed choice of their project and supervisor. Candidates who are interested in computational biology, epidemiology or public health can be funded for an additional 1-year MPhil in order to obtain the appropriate skills before starting their PhD.   Deadline to apply: tbc.

Funding database

Other scholarships and bursaries including some specific to Life Sciences and the deadlines attached to them can be found using the Board of Graduate Studies searchable funding database. (Note that for MPhil in this Department you should use the Research Courses button of this tool). scholarship competition

Each year and award scholarships up to £5000  for postgraduate study. This is only offered to their e-newsletter subscribers who are yet to begin Masters or PhD study.  For details see here: 


Applications usually open in October with deadline to apply early December.   This 4-year programme incorporates some generic researcher training and two lab rotation projects in the first 6 months.  One of the rotation projects should be with your preferred supervisor and project. [see Eligibility criteriaCurrently no studentships available for 2020 or beyond but please keep an eye on their website.