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College funding for postgraduate applicants

If you are thinking about applying to Cambridge or have received an offer from the University, it is essential that you secure funding before you arrive. 

Most students will secure funding from large research institutions, which you can find out more about from the University's website

Postgraduates might also receive assistance from their department or faculty . Please look carefully at their websites to see what support might be available. 

St Catharine's also offers a number of bursaries and scholarships for incoming postgraduate students, as well as those currently at the College. Many of our funds take their name from benefactors, who pledged to support particular subjects, programmes or causes. In the academic year 2020-21, the College awarded 23 postgraduate scholarship bursaries. This includes the second cohort of six Harding Distinguished Scholars funded from the new £25 million David and Claudia Harding Fund, the Bratton bursary, seven Benavitch scholarships, one History scholarship bursary, four scholarships form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Fund, one Jacobson Scholarship, one Italian Scholarship and two students funded from donations to the Annual Fund by numerous alumni. These postgraduate students received bursaries totalling £491,610.

Masters’ degrees

Every year the College raises funds to support talented postgraduates who wish to undertake one-year masters’ degrees at the University and St Catharine’s.

Non-subject specific

  • The Annual Fund Postgraduate Bursaries are for UK or EU students who seek to undertake a Master's degree in any discipline. For applications to commence studies in the academic year 2022-23, there are two Annual Fund bursaries available. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and demonstrable financial need. One of the Annual Fund Bursaries will give preference to students who have already completed a BA at St Catharine’s and wish to continue studying at a postgraduate level. The value of each Bursary is £12,000 (Note that if you are an EU student, you may have to supplement the cost of your degree with other funds).

Subject-specific

  • The Tunku Abdul Rahman Postgraduate scholarship is open to academically outstanding citizens of Malaysia who seek to undertake a master’s degree in the humanities and the social sciences, with preference given to candidates whose research is of particular relevance to Southeast and/or East Asia. The value of each scholarship is determined on a case by case basis but is usually in the region of £35-40,000.

  • The Jacobson Fund is primarily used to provide a doctoral scholarship in public or private international law, but funds may also be available to support students reading for the LLM who take at least three papers from those listed under ‘international law’.

  • The Benavitch Fund for Business Studies supports up to 5 annual scholarships worth £10,000 each to outstanding candidates for the MBA, MFin and EMBA programmes. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and are intended for candidates who will become leaders in the practice or study of management and business.

Doctoral degrees

Non-subject specific

  • The Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars' Programme, courtesy of the David and Claudia Harding Foundation, is for outstanding PhD Students in any discipline who seek to undertake a PhD at the University and St Catharine’s. The Scholarship provides £18,000 in annual maintenance fees for the duration of one’s course, in addition to the University Composition Fee and a research allowance. Each year the College takes around five students for the Scholarship programme.

Subject-specific

  • The Tunku Abdul Rahman Postgraduate scholarships are open to academically outstanding citizens of Malaysia who seek to undertake a doctoral degree in the humanities and the social sciences, with a preference given to candidates whose research is of particular relevance to Southeast and/or East Asia. The value of each scholarship is £35-40,000 p.a. A student may apply for a doctoral scholarship regardless of whether a master’s scholarship has been previously awarded.

  • The Jacobson Fund supports a scholarship to an outstanding PhD candidate in public or private international law.  The value of the scholarship is currently in the region of £25,000 per annum, renewable for two years on evidence of satisfactory progress

  • The Benavitch Fund for Business Studies supports outstanding candidates in Business Administration and/or Management Studies, and any closely related areas of study falling within the purview of the Judge Business School. The value of the scholarship will be £10,000 p.a. for the three years of the PhD course. The number of scholarships awarded is at the committee's discretion but is usually between 2-6 

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