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Funding opportunities for applicants

Funding opportunities for applicants

There are many funding opportunities for prospective graduate students which can be applied for via a number of different routes. 


Graduate Funding Competition (Cambridge Trusts and Gates)

The annual Graduate Funding Competition is a University coordinated process, and awards students through a variety of sources, including;

How to apply

In order to be considered you need to ensure that you complete the relevant funding section on your application form, and select 'Yes' for each funding option you wish to apply for. Please note that for both Gates and Cambridge Trust an additional statement will be required as part of the application process. 

The department will review your application, and score it based on the assessment criteria and submit this information to the funding bodies.

Deadlines

These deadlines encompass both Michaelamas Term 2021 and Lent Term 2022;

Round Application Deadline Awards Offered
US citizens resident in the USA who wish to be considered for Gates Wednesday 14 October 2020 From Friday 12 February 2021
All other nationalities (Including US citizens who wish to be considered for other funding) Thursday 3 December From Monday 1 March 2021*

*Please note that if you have not received any notification of funding by the end of July you should assume you have not been successful in this funding round. 

IMPORTANT

Please remember that the deadlines above are very strict, and if your application is submitted after these dates we will not be able to include you in the funding competition. It is crucial that you ensure ALL of your supporting documents are submitted by the deadline, including your references.  


Search for University Funding Opportunities

You can also seek funding opportunities that you aren't automatically considered for by using our funding search tool on the Graduate Admissions website.


EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships 

The EPSRC provides funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) to support doctoral training in engineering and physical sciences. The DTP is a studentship award which provides funds for specific projects for up to 20 new students in the department per year. 

The awards are a minimum of three years in duration, and provide an annual stipend along with payment of fees and funding for research support. 

A number of the studentships that are offered as part of the DTP are also in collaboration with industry, so students on this type of award will be expected to take up a placement with the industrial partner to broaden experience. 

Eligibility 

EPSRC DTP funding is predominantly for home and EU students. Home/EU students who meet the residency requirements (resident in the UK for three years before the start date of the course) are eligible for a full, ie fees and maintenance, award. Home/EU students who have been resident in the EU but not the UK for three years before the start date of the course are eligible for a fees-only award.

How to apply

The department allocates studentships to specific projects that are managed by the academic members of staff in the department, and they would act as your supervisor for the duration of your PhD. The studentships are then advertised on the University jobs website

Usually interested applicants will need to contact the supervisor with a CV and discuss the opportunity further, and if successful will conditional upon submitting an application for the PhD via the applicant portal.

All applications must be made via this route, it is not possible to make an application for the PhD and automatically be considered for DTP funding. 

Deadlines

Each studentship has its own application deadline to observe, and these are advertised year round, so if you are interested in applying please keep checking the jobs website. 


EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training

The EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) can also offer four year studentships to provide financial support for the initial MRes year and continuation to the PhD. 

Eligibility

As with the EPSRC DTP studentships, Home/EU students who meet the residency requirements (resident in the UK for three years before the start date of the course) are eligible for a full, ie fees and maintenance, award. Home/EU students who have been resident in the EU but not the UK for three years before the start date of the course are eligible for a fees-only award.*

*Please note that if you do not meet the residency criteria you can still apply for the CDT.

How to apply


Other opportunities for Engineering students

The School of Technology also administer the W.D Armstrong studentship, a three year award that is usually open to home, EU and overseas students.The studentships are offered for full-time postgraduate work in a field related to the application of engineering in medicine. Each Armstrong scholar will be co-supervised jointly by academics from the School of Technology and the School of Clinical Medicine.

How to apply

The W D Armstrong managers offer studentships to specific projects that are managed by the academic members of staff in the department. The studentships are then advertised on the University jobs website. 

Usually interested applicants will need to contact the supervisor with a CV and discuss the opportunity further, and if successful will conditional upon submitting an application for the PhD via the applicant portal.


Graduate Admissions Funding Advice

Research early

Start researching funding opportunities at least a year before your course begins.

Apply early

Many scholarship deadlines are around early December, for admission in the following year. If your course starts in January or April you may need to apply for funding 18 months in advance.

Get funding or financing before you start studying

Without proof of finances you will not be admitted to the University and will not be able to study here. Do not expect to be able to find funding after your course starts.

Apply for many funding opportunities

Apply for all the funding sources you’re eligible for, both internal and external to the University. Our funding page gives details. If you’re applying for a departmental award or funded place do also apply for other funding schemes – so that you won’t miss the deadlines for other funding opportunities if the department does not offer you an award.

If you’re awarded more than one full scholarship, you have to choose just one and reject the others. But you are allowed to hold multiple scholarships for smaller amounts that total a full award.