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Awards & Bursaries for Undergraduates

Many forms of financial support for undergraduate study are available from the University and the College.  

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Financial Support from the University

Cambridge Bursary Scheme for new Undergraduate Entrants in 2023. For students with Home Fee status from families with lower incomes. Automatic assessment is via the Student Finance Agencies only.  Any student with a residual household income of up to £62,215 is likely to be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £3,500. Students who are classed as independent by the Student Finance Agency and whose household income is under £62,215 may receive an enhanced bursary of up to £5,600.  Full details about the Cambridge Bursary Scheme are available here.  This includes full information for continuing EU students and new EU students with settled or pre-settled status.

Educational Premium element of the Cambridge Bursary Scheme for new Undergraduate Entrants in 2023. For students with Home Fee status who have previously spent time in local authority care, been eligible for free school meals, or are currently in receipt of any of the following benefits: Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, the guaranteed element of Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190), Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get). The Premium is worth £1,000 per year of your course.

Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship. For new students only. Established in 2019 by the Cambridge Trust, this studentship supports students who face severe barriers in coming to study in Cambridge. Eligible candidates must be from an area of instability or zone of conflict; or be at risk of discrimination, persecution, suffering, violence or other abuse of their human rights. Generous donations enable Wolfson College to partner with the Cambridge Trust in supporting at least one Rowan Williams Cambridge & Wolfson College Studentship each year. Detailed application information available from the Cambridge Trust

Bell, Abbott and Barnes Grants. For undergraduates (but not postgraduates) in financial difficulties, and particularly to those suffering unexpected hardship. They provide grants of up to £2,000 per annum. There is one application deadline in the middle of each term: you should, well in advance, give full details of your financial situation to your Tutor who must apply on your behalf.  Details here.


Financial Support from Wolfson College

Wolfson College Enhanced Bursaries for third years undergraduates.  Thanks to generous support from individual donors, Trinity College and Wolfson College, there is a funding scheme that aims to increase support to students who have already qualified for the Cambridge Bursary and to extend financial support to a wider range of students (particularly those from middle-income households). This new bursary scheme is designed to test whether modest extra support makes a difference to the student experience. Under the pilot scheme, now in its fourth year, students from households with incomes up to £62,000 may receive additional support during term time, in addition to the Cambridge Bursary.  Students must have their household income assessed by the relevant Student Finance Agency in order to be considered for an enhanced bursary. 

The Alborada Scholarships in Veterinary Science. The Alborada Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.  Awards vary in size, with most in the range between £5,000 and £10,000, with a possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory academic progress and continuing financial need.  Preference given to undergraduates studying Veterinary Science and to those for whom the award will have a decisive impact on their ability to pursue their chosen course of study. Only students who already hold an offer of a place to study at Wolfson College are eligible to apply.

Teo Wang Gungwu Award.  This award is funded by a gift from 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 Grants.  Competitive awards of £500- £1,000 each year to current students whose research addresses topics related to genealogy, generational connections and/or heritage studies, broadly defined. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible to apply. Applications open in the Michaelmas Term and should include a brief research summary and an indication of how the award will be beneficial.

Donald & Beryl O'May Scholarship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This scholarship will next be available in October 2024 (after the current award-holders graduate).  It is open to Wolfson College undergraduates and postgraduates in the arts, humanities or social sciences (including law).  The scholarship may be held for one, two or three years (subject to satisfactory progress).  Applicants must be citizens 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. The applicant must have been offered and accepted a place to study at Wolfson College. Applications for this scholarship will be open in December 2023.

The College also offers undergraduates the following forms of financial support:

  • Research and Travel Awards to support students' research activities, conference travel or subject-related special projects.
  • Academic prizes that reward outstanding performance in undergraduate or Master's examinations.
  • Music awards to support Wolfson musicians in their studies and performance.
  • Sports awards to assist students who are competing in Varsity-level sport.
  • Hardship funds to assist students with unanticipated financial difficulties.