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Bursaries and Scholarships

St Edmund’s is, as always, grateful to the donors and sponsors who have made these awards possible as well as our awards and prizes available to students in residence. If you wish to discuss donating towards new or existing Student Support initiatives, please contact the Development Office.

What follows is a list of potential funding options for students of St Edmund's; for a means of searching all funding options throughout the University please follow this link:


General Information regarding application through the Cambridge Trust for Graduate study


Applicants intending to pursue a course of graduate study or research at the University of Cambridge should complete and submit an online application through the Applicant Portal to the University’s Graduate Admissions Office by the specific course deadline. There will be two general course deadlines, 5 December 2018 and 3 January 2019.
By submitting one online application per course applied for, candidates will, where eligible, be considered for:
- admission to a course of graduate study or research by the University
- admission to a College by one or more of the Cambridge Colleges
- funding offered by the Cambridge Trust
Students who apply by the relevant deadline and have been offered conditional admission will be automatically considered for any scholarship for which they are eligible.


Funding for PhD degrees


The Luzio Vice-Chancellors PhD Award

We are delighted to announce the fourth year of The Luzio Vice-Chancellors PhD Scholarship, set up in honour of the former Master, Professor Paul Luzio. The scholarship is open to a new Home or EU PhD student, of outstanding academic promise in the Arts and Humanities fields who has put St Edmund’s as their first choice College. One Scholarship is awarded each year and the award started in 2014-15. The scholarship covers the University tuition fee and an annual stipend for maintenance (for a single person only) for three years. The only factors taken into consideration in agreeing this scholarship are academic qualifications, references and research potential. The financial situation of applicants does not affect the selection of scholarship winners. Applications should be submitted via the Cambridge Trust.

Charter Vice-Chancellors Award / Cambridge International Scholarship

This scholarship is available to PhD candidates in any field and is awarded every 3 years for full cost funding of the University tuition fee and an annual stipend (sufficient for a single person). This is funded partly by the College and partly by the Cambridge Trust. No separate application is necessary for this scholarship, just application to the University of Cambridge. However, it is only tenable to a student at St Edmund’s College. The scholarship(s) is awarded every three years (next available in 2019-2020).

The Duke of Edinburgh Vice-Chancellor Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Scholarships are open to both Overseas (non EU) and Home and EU PhD students, in any discipline and cover the University Tuition fee and an annual stipend sufficient for a single person. The scholarships are part funded by a legacy and a generous donation from an alumnus, which are then matched by the Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust. The Cambridge Trust administers the awards, further details of which are available via the Trust. The scholarship(s) is awarded every three years (next available in 2019-2020).


Funding for Masters degrees


AGM Randeree Scholarship

The AGM Randeree Scholarship offers a unique opportunity for prospective students who are actively engaged in the British Muslim community to develop their leadership capabilities. It has been made possible by the generosity of the Muslim Council of Britain and is aimed to support one student with leadership potential to enhance their intellectual reach through study at one of the world’s leading universities, and to nurture their leadership capacity through mentoring and a 4-6 week placement with a respected relevant community or research organisation. Further details can be found on the AGM Randeree Scholarship website. Students must hold an offer of a place with their Department by the time of interview. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019 and the interview date (likely in March) will be announced.

Aziz Foundation Scholarship

The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for an exceptional Muslim student active in British Muslim communities and keen to build bridges with all parts of British society. The student will have the commitment and intelligence to support and represent Muslim communities in wider society, as well as the credibility to bring and explain new learning experiences back to the community, and will thus create mutual understanding between Muslims and others and contribute to the creation of a more cohesive society. The scholarship will cover tuition and living expenses for a year, up to a maximum of £25,000 in total. For further details and information on how to apply, please visit the Aziz Foundation website. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019 and interviews are expected to be held towards the end of March 2019.

The Emsley Newton CHESS MPhil Studentship scheme (NCMS)

St Edmund’s is a partner in the Newton Chess MPhil Studentships which give funding for three MPhil studentships. The NCMS provides funding to UK students undertaking a research MPhil in any discipline. this is for Home students applying for MPhil courses with a  research focus who may be intending to continue to the PhD. The scheme is administered alongside the Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme (CHESS). The awards are for one year at the rate of £12,000 which will cover payment of fees and a maintenance stipend. For further details please click here.

The McBurney St Edmund’s College MPhil Bursary in Archaeological Science

The bursary is for the best qualified applicant who applies for the MPhil in Archaeology, and who wishes to specialise in Archaeological Science, with a preference for those who have an interest in Geoarchaeology. Students with any fee status (Home/EU/Overseas) are eligible to apply. Applicant must have been accepted for a place on the MPhil in Archaeology with a specialisation in Archaeological Science, and must have chosen St Edmund's as their preferred College. The bursary is to the amount of £5,000 and is funded jointly by the Charles McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology, St Edmund's College, Professor Charles French (a Fellow of St Edmund's) and private donations. Applications should be made in writing to St Edmund’s College, including a statement of no more than 1,000 words in support of your application. Applications should be made by 1st May 2019.

Omid Scholarship

The Omid Trust is an independent and non-partisan charity based in the UK. It is dedicated to supporting the brightest Iranian students and enabling them to pursue higher education at leading universities around the world. It works with the Cambridge Trust to co-fund the Omid Cambridge Scholarship, available for Iranian students who apply to take a Masters degree at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship is tenable at St Edmund's College and applications can be made in the normal way to the Trusts.

The St Edmund’s College & CJBS Social Innovation scholarship

A £10,000 award (£5,000 payable in 2018/19 and £5,000 payable in 2019/20) has been made available by St Edmund’s College in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School for applicants on the MSt in Social Innovation who select St Edmund’s as their first College choice. St Edmund’s and CJBS welcome applications from any candidate, irrespective of nationality or geographical location. Applications are particularly welcomed from social sector practitioners (working at organisations with limited resources, such as NGOs, in particular).

To apply for this funding applicants will be required to submit an application:

  • outlining a social innovation idea (or a change project within an organisation) which the programme can help realise
  • explaining how the candidate will be able to play a part in the life of St Edmund’s College.

Candidates must have received an offer to join the programme in October 2018 and membership at St Edmund’s College before they can be considered for the scholarship.

The deadline to apply for this scholarships is 30 April 2019.

The Peter Kishor Chand Anand Cambridge Scholarship

The Peter Kishor Chand Anand Cambridge Scholarship is awarded to up to one Indian student per year, between 2017-18 and 2021-2022, who has applied and been accepted to study at St Edmund's College for any one-year Masters course. Applications must be made via the University's online application process and by the published application deadline, which for 2019-2020 is 6th December 2018. The total value of each scholarship is £23,000, with £15,000 contributed by the donor and the balance contributed by the Cambridge Trust. Applications should be submitted via the Cambridge Trust.



Funding for Undergraduates


Cambridge Bursary Scheme

The Cambridge Bursary Scheme provides bursaries to Home and EU undergraduates studying for a first degree of up to £3,500 (or £5,600 for some mature students) per year for students with household incomes of less than £42,620. The Bursary is in addition to the support available from the Government. Further details can be found here.