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Postgraduate bursaries and funds

St Catharine's offers a number of bursaries and scholarships for incoming postgraduate students, as well as those currently at the College.

Funding for prospective students

Awards currently offered by the College are:

Master's degrees

  • The Annual Fund Postgraduate Bursaries are for U.K. or EU students who have completed a BA at St Catharine's and wish to continue their postgraduate studies at the College. The award is solely for those seeking to undertake a Master's degree. The criteria for an award are academic excellence and demonstrable financial need. The value of each Bursary is up to £12,000 per annum.
  • The Graduate History Bursary is available to students undertaking an MPhil degree in History at St Catharine's. The value of each bursary is up to £10,000 per annum.


  • The Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars' Programme is for outstanding PhD Students in any discipline who seek to undertake a PhD at the University and wish to join St Catharine's. It covers the University Composition Fee, a maintenance allowance and a research allowance.
  • St Catharine’s College Overseas Scholarship Bursaries are for postgraduate students who are domiciled, resident, or normally resident outside the U.K. and other countries of the European Community. These scholarships provide a contribution to maintenance or university fees for prospective postgraduates, who wish to study at St Catharine's College, or current postgraduates at the College, who wish to continue their studies through undertaking a new postgraduate qualification (e.g. a present MPhil postgraduate who wishes to undertake a PhD). The purpose of the scholarships is to assist those who could not otherwise have afforded to come to Cambridge and the awards will reflect this general sentiment.

Management Studies

  • Benavitch Scholarships for MBA, MFin and PhD students in Management Studies. The Benavitch Fund also allocates £5,000 per year to provide Travel and Research grants towards costs associated with research activities by Management Studies students.


  • The Sykes Studentship in Italian is open to exceptionally well-qualified candidates, of outstanding academic potential, who intend to study at St Catharine’s College for a PhD degree in Italian.


  • Jacobson Scholarships are available to postgraduates studying public or private International Law.
  • The Gooderson Memorial Fund provides grants to assist members of the College at the start of a legal career (e.g. to help them train for the bar).


  • Malaysian citizens seeking to undertake an MPhil or PhD degree in a humanities or social science discipline may be eligible to apply for the Tunku Abdul Rahman Postgraduate ScholarshipIt will also fund small project grants for Malaysian citizens.

*Please note that should you be in receipt of one of these scholarship awards and have an outstanding debt to the College for either fees or maintenance costs, debts will be off-set against the award.

Funding for current students

Whilst postgraduates need to have sufficient funding for their fees and basic maintenance costs in place prior to starting their course, St Catharine's is able to support postgraduates incurring additional costs, such as research, travel and hardship funding.

  • Travel and research grants are available to help meet travel costs associated with research activities, such as archival trips, fieldwork, or conferences.
  • Limited hardship funds and friendly advice are also available for unexpected cases of financial hardship.
  • Sports Bursaries are available to assist with training costs for students competing at a high level of sport within the College and/or the University.
  • Language learning is encouraged with partial bursaries available for courses at the University Language Centre (NB this does not include English-language training) 

The St Catharine's College Postgraduate Prize for Academic Distinction is awarded to all MPhil students obtaining a distinction or first-class marks in their course.

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