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Due to the generosity of a St Catharine's alumnus, Peter Dawson and of his wife Christina, the College is delighted to be able offer one fully-funded PhD studentship per year to a Home or EU student undertaking a PhD at St Catharine's College.

Award details

Known as the Jean Thomas PhD Award in honour of our former Master, Professor Dame Jean Thomas, the award is to be made annually on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrable financial need. The award is open to applicants in any subject, although preference will be given to those in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences.

Preference will be given to candidates who list St Catharine’s as their 1st choice of College on their GRADSAF or those who have previously undertaken an undergraduate or graduate degree at the college. Where a successful applicant has been awarded membership at another College, they will be required to transfer their membership to St Catharine’s.

The Award is tenable for three years subject to satisfactory progress and covers the full University Combined Fee plus an annual maintenance stipend at the minimum rate set by the Graduate Admissions Office.

Eligibility for an award may be conditional on the results of the candidate's current degree. The awarding committee will consist of the Graduate Tutors, the Financial Tutor and the Master.

How to apply

In order to be considered for the award, applicants must have named St Catharine’s as their 1st or 2nd choice of College on their University application and hold an offer of admission for a graduate course at the University of Cambridge. Candidates should thus submit their application to the Graduate Admissions Office at the earliest possible opportunity. To do so, please visit

Once you have applied to the University of Cambridge, please complete the Jean Thomas PhD application form, and send it to the College along with the following documents in PDF format:

  • Application to the University of Cambridge
  • Undergraduate transcript, transcript of any further degrees,
  • Letter of offer of admission to the University of Cambridge,
  • Research proposal

A checklist is provided on the final page of the application form for your convenience.

In addition, please ask two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (in PDF format) to with the subject line "Reference for  APPLICANT'S NAME - Dame Jean Thomas award".

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year will be accepted from 1 January 2019 until 5pm GMT on 31 March 2019.Please ensure that refereces are submitted by the deadline as incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The College expects to announce the Bursary in May for the forthcoming academic year. Where a candidate is currently engaged in a course of study, the award will be conditional upon the successful completion of their course.