University and External Funding Opportunities

A link to the University webpage about Financial Hardship Support, including the Loan fund 1, can be found here.


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.

·  awards are not normally made for more than £2000

·  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

·  applications for thesis binding costs will be considered by the Postgraduate Hardship Fund, rather than by application through college tutors. Please note that in order to be eligible students have to be in financial hardship. This scheme is partly funded through the Malati Sharma Memorial Award.

Further information, an application form and application deadlines can be found here.


Exceptional (also known as Special) Student Hardship Fund

This is a new fund established for student hardship from pay docked during LT18’s and MT19’s industrial action. The fund is for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are intermitting and have no other available financial support, and current students who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship.

The new student hardship fund is limited, and intended for genuine cases of hardship not ordinarily covered by other hardship funds, or where other hardship funds have been exhausted. Senior Tutors are asked to help with the distribution of grants by closely vetting applications before they are sent on for consideration.

Students can, with immediate effect, apply for an award by completing an application form that can be found here.


Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) Deadline 23:59 10th January 2021

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 (contact How to apply can be found here.

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. An application can be submitted by visiting The Crane’s Charity website.


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.