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Mr Alex Jacobson bequeathed to the College a sum of money to further the study of international law in the University of Cambridge. The sum so given has been designated the Jacobson Fund in his honour, and supports graduate scholarships for members of the College studying public or private international law.

Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence. Preference is given to a member admitted to read for a doctoral degree, and a doctoral scholarship would be renewable for two years on evidence of satisfactory progress. In the absence of suitable doctoral candidates, smaller scholarships may be awarded to members reading for other graduate degrees where the programme of study relates significantly to public or private international law.

Current and prospective members of the College may apply for a Jacobson scholarship, which is currently in the region of £15,000-£20,000 per annum for a single doctoral scholar. 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. In the case of candidates not already members of the College, 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 by the applicant before applying for this scholarship. Information about admissions to the several Law courses is available at the Law Faculty website,

The College expects to announce Jacobson scholarships in June 2020 for the next academic year. To be considered for a scholarship, therefore, candidates must ensure that the completed application form and any supporting documentation is received by the St Catharine’s College Graduate Office (, by 30 April 2020. 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 award should be made using the application form which can be downloaded here. Completed forms should be submitted electronically in PDF format (one single file) to the Graduate Administrator at

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