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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 2019/20 academic year: deadline to be confirmed but will be early October 2019 (US residents) and early January 2020 (International). 

Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International 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: Currently closed.  Applications for 2020/21 academic year:  Early January 2019 (to be confirmed)


Specific Funding for Vets: 

Clinical Research Training Fellowship (click here for FAQs) - currently closed


Government Loans (eligibility criteria apply): 

MPhil: Loans of up to £10,000 are available -   Please see details here.
PhD: Loans of up to £25,000 due to be available to students from Oct 2018 -  Useful Info here


Funded PhD Programmes:

  • BBSRC DTP:  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 criteria]




  • Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians: (3 yrs)  Funded PhD opportunities for medical or veterinary graduates  to be taken up by the end of 2018. 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 November 2019.


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: - 2018 competition now open.