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University and External Funding Opportunities

Bell, Abbott, and Barnes Fund Deadline Division of each Term (9 November, 13 February, 14 May)

The Bell, Abbott, and Barnes Funds provide assistance to BA (including affiliate students), BTh, MB, BChir, VetMB, MusB, CGCM, MEng, MMath, MSci) - in financial difficulties, and particularly to those suffering unexpected hardship. They provide grants of £100 to £1,000 (or up to £2,000 in exceptional circumstances) per annum  Tutors must apply on behalf of students for funding, the deadlines will continue to be at the division of each term and the funding limit of £2,000 a year will still apply. 

Further information is available at


Graduate Hardship Funding

The eligibility for this fund has been expanded and students studying towards any of the following courses will be considered by the fund:

Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Painting, Advanced Diploma in Economics, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies Postgraduate Diploma in International Law, Advanced Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies, MPhil (full time and part time), LLM, MCL, MRes, MMus, MLitt (full time and part time), MASt, MFin, MSc, MEd, MSt, VetMD, PhD (full time and part time), EngD, PhD, MD, EdD, PGCE, Certificate of Postgraduate Studies.

·  deadlines for receipt of applications are 9th November, 31st March and 21st May each year

·  awards are not normally made for more than £2000

·  Please note that from May 2018, all PhD students are eligible to apply to the Postgraduate Hardship Fund.  This includes PhD students in their first year of research and is a change to the previous criteria

·  applicants must be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of unexpected changes in their financial circumstances, rather than as a result of insufficient funding being available from the outset of the course

Further information can be found here:


Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) Deadline 12noon 10th December 2017

The Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) Award of up to £1,000 for each successful applicant will be presented in recognition of their applied research achievements at the University of Cambridge. Applicants must be current PhD students at the University of Cambridge and available for interview  in late February 2018 (contact if this may not be possible).

Please read the award guidelines before starting and discuss your application with your chosen referee (a representative of your department or college). Your referee may be contacted as part of the selection process.

You cannot save a partially complete version of this form, so ensure you have all of the required information before starting. At the end of this form you will be asked to submit a 100 word description of your work and its potential applications, which should be accessible for a non-specialist audience. You will also require a referee (preferably your supervisor) who can vouch for the quality of your work. This referee may be contacted as part of the decision process.


Medical Expenses

The Crane’s Charity supports students who are ill and who can demonstrate financial need.


Specific Learning Difficulty Diagnostic Assessments

Students with a suspected specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) who experience difficulty in meeting the costs of diagnostic assessments should contact their Tutor.  The University no longer funds these via ALF.


Fulbright Awards

Fulbright offers competitive funding opportunities for periods of postgraduate study or academic research and lecturing in the US.  Further information can be found on their website.


German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service offers a variety of funding programmes for academics at Irish and UK Universities to study and conduct research in Germany. Further information and full scholarship search is available on their website at Funding is also available to those currently in Germany and hoping to study in UK/Ireland.