Jacobson Scholarships

The Jacobson Fund, named in honour of Mr Alex Jacobson, supports scholarships for postgraduates studying public or private international law at St Catharine’s College and the University of Cambridge.

Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence. Preference is given to a postgraduate admitted to read for a doctoral degree.

This Scholarship was awarded to one successful candidate in Michaelmas Term 2020 and subject to their successful progress, further applications are closed until 1st January 2024.

The scholarship, which is currently in the region of £30,000 per annum for a single doctoral scholar, would be renewable for two years on evidence of satisfactory progress. In the absence of suitable doctoral candidates, scholarships in the region of £15,000 may be awarded to candidates reading for the LLM (Master of Law) programme. In the case of those reading for the LLM, Jacobson scholars are expected to offer at least three papers from those listed under ‘international law’ (for a list of current subject papers and designations,

The value of any scholarship awarded will be reduced appropriately to take account of any payment from other sources, and candidates are expected to apply for state studentships or other research awards for which they may be eligible. Preference will be given to those who designate St Catharine’s College first on their university application. Please note that a separate application to the University of Cambridge for admission to doctoral or other graduate study must be made before applying for this scholarship. Information about admissions to the several Law courses is available at the Law Faculty website,

 Where candidates are currently engaged in a course of study, scholarships are conditional upon the successful completion of their course. If funds remain available for distribution during an academic year, nominal awards may be made to qualifying candidates.

Applications for the scholarship should be made using the application form found at the bottom of this page under 'DOWNLOADS'. Completed forms should be submitted electronically in PDF format (one single file) to the Postgraduate Administrator at

Please note: two full academic references must be provided and the College will not contact referees on any candidate’s behalf. Referees may email their references directly to the Postgraduate Administrator at the address above.