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Harding Distinguished Scholars Programme

About the Programme

The aim of the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme is to support outstanding PhD students in any discipline. At least 25 PhD students across the University of Cambridge will receive a prestigious Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship annually creating a cohort of the strongest PhD students in any given year across a diverse range of subject areas.


Thanks to the generosity of our alumnus David Harding (1979), through the donation from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation to St Catharine's College and the University of Cambridge, a significant proportion (25–33% each year) of the postgraduates in the Programme will be based at St Catharine’s.

Eligibility and how to apply

Please refer to the University website for further details, including eligibility criteria and the application process.

Pictured: Professor Sir Mark Welland and Mr David Harding joined by the St Catharine's scholarship recipients (Claire Marie Guimond, Timothy Welsh, Nadene Dermody, Marc Gotthardt, and Hannah Lucey).