Whilst postgraduates need to have sufficient funding for their fees and basic maintenance costs in place prior to starting their course, St Catharine's offers a range of support for current postgraduate students to assist them with their studies.
In addition to research, travel and hardship support, as well as prizes for academic merit, the College has a range of bursaries to assist postgraduate study. Please be advised that awards are subject to availability.
Postgraduates might also receive assistance from the University, including their department or faculty. The College may try to match fund if there is not sufficient funding available from a single source. Please look carefully at relevant websites to see what support might be available.
General postgraduate bursaries & financial support
Travel & research grants
St Catharine's also has a designated fund from which it makes awards to postgraduate students for travel and research expenses.
Applications for Travel and Research grants are processed approximately once a week. Please ensure that the following steps are followed before your application for financial assistance is submitted.
1. It is essential that your supervisor provides the relevant endorsement for your application. Incomplete applications will be returned.
2. Applicants must apply to other sources for funding assistance, such as their department or faculty. We will not reach a decision until you have heard the outcome of these other sources and notified the Postgraduate Administrator. A clear and convincing case must be made if no other sources of funding are available.
3. Natural Science students who have been members (Fellows) of the Cambridge Philosophical Society for over a year are eligible to apply to the society for travel grants - more information is available from the Society's website. Please note we will not consider applications from students who are eligible for membership and have neither joined the Society nor applied for assistance.
We are unable to offer assistance towards book purchases or thesis binding costs. We are also unable to offer assistance for note-taking software, unless there are exceptional reasons behind the purchase (e.g. medical, disability).
We also encourage our students to make 'green' travel decisions where possible, and to consider the necessity of air travel in light of the climate crisis.