Benavitch Scholarships

Thanks to a generous bequest from the late Maurice and Natalie Benavitch, St Catharine's is able to offer annual scholarships for MBA, MFin and EMBA and PhD students in Management Studies. The Benavitch Fund also allocates £5,000 per year to provide Travel and Research grants towards costs associated with research activities by Management Studies students.

The College offers up to 5 scholarships worth £15,000 each to outstanding candidates for the PhD, MBA, MFin, and EMBA programmes. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and are awarded for the duration of the course. They are intended for candidates who will become leaders in the practice or study of management and business.

  • First class degree, GPA of at least 3.7 (out of 4) or equivalent from a recognised university
  • Minimum GMAT score of 700 (MBA only)
  • 3 years' full-time post-graduation work experience (MBA and EMBA only)

Candidates should apply for admission to the Cambridge MBA, EMBA or MFin in the normal way via the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS), but must also send a covering letter explaining in no more than 300 words the contribution they expect to make to business and society in the future.

All applicants who are made an offer of admission will be considered for the Scholarship separately by St Catharine's College. Scholarships are conditional on the applicant taking up the offer of admission to their programme.

To apply for a scholarship, you should send your completed application (including two academic references, supporting documents and covering letter) so that it is received by the Judge Business School by Thursday 25 February 2022. Awards will normally be announced at the end of March.

PhD Scholarships

The College offers a scholarship for outstanding PhD candidates in Management. The value of the scholarship will be £15,000 p.a. for the three years of the PhD course.

How to Apply

Candidates should apply for the PhD to the University of Cambridge in the usual way via the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS), but in addition, submit a copy of their PhD application form, current CV, PhD research proposal and a covering letter, with their application form to

They should also ask two referees to provide letters of reference (in PDF format) to with the subject line "Reference for APPLICANT'S NAME - Benavitch PhD scholarship"

The successful candidate will be expected to become a full member of St Catharine's College. If they are already a member of another Cambridge college, the award will be on the condition that they transfer membership to St Catharine's.

Applications and references must be received by 5pm GMT on 25 February 2022. Unfortunately we are unable to accept late or incomplete applications.

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application via email at the end of March.