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Scholarships & Awards

We strive for excellence in research. At Wolfson we are proud to support the ground-breaking ideas of our postgraduate students with a wide range of competitive scholarships and grants.

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Wolfson Awards for Postgraduates

Generous donations from alumni and friends of the College support a wide range of awards to help fund your studies at Wolfson. To apply for any award you need only complete one online application form.

The deadline to apply for the awards will be 5 pm on 1 May 2021. The form will be available from December 2020 for submissions for the academic year 2021-22.

The allocation of funds is made by the College Scholarships and Bursaries Committee, and individual scholarship amounts may vary from year to year as current holders graduate. Postgraduate scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Some awards are renewable, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

The Mary Hesse PhD Scholarship: £8000, with increases of at least £1000 possible upon renewal of the award in each of the next two years. Established in 2018 by a generous bequest from Professor Mary Hesse, a Fellow of Wolfson College from 1965-1992. It is intended to support Wolfson students pursuing a PhD in the Arts & Humanities. Awards are based on merit and financial need.

Wolfson Scholarship: up to £7,500 available per year to support postgraduate study.

Medical Research Scholarship: up to £8,000 per year to support PhDs in Medical Science.

Roger Needham Scholarship: up to £9,000 per year. Awarded on academic merit. Open to postgraduates in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, & Philosophy.

Teo Wang Gungwu Award.  This award is funded by a gift from Wolfson alumnus Anthony Teo in honour of the long and distinguished career of Professor Wang Gungwu and his outstanding scholarship in studies of China and the Chinese overseas.  Awards of up to £600 are available to support research and scholarship in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, particularly in fields related to East Asian studies.  Wolfson College undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply. 

Burke’s Peerage Foundation Awards.  A generous annual gift from the Burke’s Peerage Foundation enables the College to offer grants of £500 - £1000 to support the studies of Wolfson undergraduates and postgraduates working in areas relating to genealogy and personal heritage in the broadest sense, including but not limited to: history, literature, heritage studies, linguistics, biology, genetics, music, architecture or art. Grants may be used to support research, conference travel, or other educational purposes that share the charitable aims of Burke's Peerage Foundation. Applications open in the Michaelmas Term for current students only.

Dr John T Grantham Scholarship: one award of up to £6,000 each year to fund student support in any form.

Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Scholarship: one award of £3,000 to fund student support in any form.

His Excellency Dr Mahfouz bin Mahfouz Scholarship: up to £10,000 to support PhD study in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences.  Not available in 2020-2021 as all funds are currently allocated to continuing students.

Joseph Petty Bursary:  £600 available per year. Open to postgraduate students in Criminology or subjects related to Metallurgy.

Peter and Angela Lucas Bursary in Medieval English Studies:  A generous gift from Peter and Angela Lucas, Senior Members of Wolfson College, provides an annual bursary of £800 to support Wolfson students who are engaged in either a research-focused MPhil or a PhD in Medieval English Studies, the area of the donors' own scholarly expertise.  For the purposes of this award, eligible fields of study are defined as 1) All subjects covered by the Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic (Anglo-Saxon England, Scandinavia in the Viking Age, the Brittonic-speaking peoples, the Gaelic-speaking peoples; language and literature areas: Old English, Old Norse, Medieval Welsh/Irish, Insular Latin; palaeography and codicology);  or 2) English medieval language and literature up to 1500 within the Faculty of English, including medieval manuscript studies and the historical linguistic study of English up to 1600.

President’s Scholarship: one award of £5,000.  Open to postgraduate students, with preference for students undertaking an MPhil course in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences.

John Morrison Scholarship: one postgraduate scholarship of £9000.

Senior Members’ 50th Anniversary Fund: one award of £2,500, open to students in any discipline who have undertaken their MPhil at Wolfson and are progressing to a PhD.

Alborada Scholarships: awards vary in size, with most in the range between £5,000 and £10,000; they are usually renewable for the duration of the student's course, subject to satisfactory academic progress and continuing financial need.  Preference given to undergraduates studying Veterinary Science and Medicine, but occasionally available to postgraduates in Medical Research. This Scholarship has its own application form.

Donald and Beryl O’May Scholarship:  Awards of up to £14,000 to cover University and College fees and maintenance. Open to undergraduates and postgraduates in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (including Law). Preference for those who have had a significant break in their studies since leaving school. Candidates must be UK or Republic of Ireland citizens.  This scholarship is not available in 2020/2021 as all funds are currently allocated to continuing students.

Jack King Bursary: £2,500 per year. Open to Home PhD students in the Arts and Humanities who have previously studied for at least three years at a British university.  Not available in 2020/2021 as all funds are currently allocated to continuing students

Match-funded Postgraduate Studentships (fully funded) and Scholarships (part-funded)

Wolfson partners with other University Faculties, Departments and Institutions to co-fund the following scholarships for our postgraduate students. The initial selection process for all awards listed below is managed by our partners, not by the College. These awards are only tenable at Wolfson College. Only applications submitted before the relevant University or Department funding deadline will be considered.

Cambridge UK & Wolfson College Masters Scholarships: Each year Wolfson shares the cost of two awards of £12,000 each for MPhil students in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences.

Wolfson OCS Kenya Scholarship: up to £30,000 to cover University and College fees and maintenance for a student from Kenya on a one-year postgraduate course. Offered in conjunction with Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya and the Cambridge Trust.

Rowan Williams Cambridge & Wolfson College Studentship: Wolfson is proud to partner with the Cambridge Trust in sponsoring a Rowan Williams Cambridge & Wolfson College Studentship to support students who face severe barriers in coming to study in Cambridge. Named after the former Chairman of the Cambridge Trust's Board of Trustees, the Rowan Williams Cambridge & Wolfson College Studentship is a full-cost award available to undergraduate and postgraduates.  Detailed information available from the Cambridge Trust.

Arts and Humanities Research Council & Wolfson College PhD Studentship: These awards cover tuition and maintenance for 10 terms of doctoral study in any topic in the Arts & Humanities.  In 2020-2021 preference may be given to topics in Russian & East European Studies.

Vice-Chancellor’s & Wolfson College PhD Studentship: An anonymous donor enables Wolfson to co-fund several full studentships covering tuition and maintenance for UK or EU students. In 2020-2021 preference may be given to students in the sciences or in topics related to Russian & East European Studies in 2020/2021.

Wolfson College-Pathology PhD Studentship: This match-funded award offers a full studentship for a Wolfson PhD student  in Pathology who has been selected to undertake one of these projects.   

Wolfson College-PDN PhD Studentship:  This match-funded award offers a full studentship for a Wolfson PhD student in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. Application information available here.

In previous years Wolfson has also partnered with the Cambridge Judge Business School and the Department of Land Economy to fund PhD Studentships. We hope to establish new partner-funded studentships with other Departments and Faculties in future years.