Support from the University
Access to Learning Funds
Access to Learning Funds are government funds, distributed by the University, to help UK students from lower income households who may need extra financial support for their course and to stay in higher education. The grants are non-repayable, and the amount is assessed according to individual need. You apply for these funds while you are studying.
Central Childcare Bursary Scheme
Central Childcare Bursaries are available to EU and Overseas students only to help with pre-school and out-of-school/school holiday childcare costs. Applicants are expected to have applied for all loans and grants to which they are eligible.
Please refer also to The Cambridge Guide for Student Parents.
Cambridge Philosophical Society
The Cambridge Philosophical Society has a Research Studentship Fund that will fund graduate students (UK, EU and Overseas) for up to 3 months to allow them to conclude a promising piece of research that is nearing completion. Applicants must be members of the Society for at least one year before the closing date for applications (31 March and 30 September). The annual subscription for membership of the Society is £10.
Board of Graduate Studies Hardship Awards
Grants (usually to a maximum of £1,500 are awarded for unforeseen financial hardship only. Students must have completed at least 4 terms of research and be registered for a Ph.D. before applying. The deadlines for the receipt of applications is 31 March and 30 September each year.
Lundgren Fund (Board of Graduate Studies)
Grants (usually to a maximum of £1,500) from the Lundgren Fund are available to overseas science students only, to assist with unforeseen financial hardship. Students must have completed at least 4 terms of research and be registered for a Ph.D. The deadlines for the receipt of applications is 31 March and 30 September each year.
Support from the College
Wolfson College/Cambridge Trusts Scholarships
Wolfson College, in partnership with the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust, provides funding for up to 12 studentships annually for overseas students. These bursaries are primarily intended for undergraduates, but awards are occasionally made to graduate students also. The selection of suitable CCT/COT funded students in residence will be undertaken by a College panel in the Lent Term, and the successful applicants will be known as 'Wolfson Cambridge Trust Scholars'.
Further information about the eligibility criteria is available from the Cambridge Trusts website, or by contacting info @ overseastrusts.cam.ac.uk
Donald & Beryl O'May Studentship
The Studentship is offered commencing in October 2013 for study in the arts and social sciences (including law). The award may be held for one, two or three years (subject to satisfactory progress) and is worth £11,000 towards university/college fees and maintenance.
A successful applicant may be at undergraduate or postgraduate level and must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.
Preference will be given to candidates who have had a significant break in their studies at some stage since leaving school.
Applicants for postgraduate study should hold (or expect to achieve) a first-class or good upper-second honours degree or equivalent. The applicant must be resident or have accepted a place to study at Wolfson College. Please see the application form for details of how to apply.
The closing date for applications is 8 April 2013.
Wolfson College Hardship Fund
Small emergency grants of up to approximately £300 (in total, over a student's whole course) are available. These are only available once your course has started, and applications must be supported by your Tutor.
Lady Williams Childcare Fund
Bursaries are available to help with the cost of childcare. Information is available from the Student Finance Officer, Sue Sang (scs35 @ cam.ac.uk)
Wolfson Travel, Conference Registration & Fieldwork Expenses Fund
Some funding is available to students attending a conference and presenting a paper/poster. Students must be paying fees and must be within three years of matriculation. The maximum travel grant is £350 over the length of student's course, and the maximum conference registration grant is £100 over the length of a student's course. Applications must be supported by your Tutor. Please acknowledge Wolfson College on your poster/paper.
Additionally, funding of up to £100 over the length of a student's course is available to help with fieldwork expenses. Applications must be supported by your Tutor.