Omid Cambridge Scholarship for Master’s Programme, UK

Publish Date: Apr 13, 2016

Deadline: Dec 08, 2016

Omid Cambridge Scholarship for Master’s Programme

The Omid Trust is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation based in the United Kingdom. It is dedicated to supporting the brightest Iranian students pursue higher education at the world’s top universities. The Trust also seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of Iranian arts and culture in the UK.

The Omid Trust currently co-funds the Omid Cambridge Scholarship with the Cambridge Trust and St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. The scholarship is available to Iranian students for one-year taught masters degrees in any subject, except the MBA and the MFIN. The Trust strives to attract students of outstanding academic merit who would otherwise lack the means to study at the University of Cambridge.

The application process for the 2016/2017 year is closed. The application window will open again in the Autumn of 2016 for masters degrees taking place in 2017/18.

Applying for an Omid Scholarship

Stage 1: Submit an application to the University of Cambridge through the University’s standard applications procedures (see more on this below). You do not need to submit any documents or applications directly to the Omid Trust.

Stage 2: If you are offered a place by the University of Cambridge, then your application will be forwarded to the Omid Trust and its co-funding partners. We may contact you for an interview or more information. This will usually be the first time that you will have had any direct contact with the Omid Trust about your application. Alternatively, the Omid Trust and its partners may decide that it has enough information to make a decision about the Scholarship without conducting interviews.

Stage 3: If you are successful, The Omid Trust will write to inform you between late April and early July.

The University Application Procedure

In order to apply to the University of Cambridge through the standard applications procedures, you should

-  complete section B of the GRADSAF form (University Application Form for Graduate Students). All details about how to apply to the University can be found by clicking here.

-  state clearly in your personal statement why you should become an Omid scholar, in particular discussing your ambitions, motivations, academic excellence and financial need.

-  select St Edmund’s College as your first choice college in the “college membership” section.

Key Deadlines

There are two different deadlines of which you need to be aware: the deadline to apply for your Masters course, and the deadline to apply for an Omid Cambridge Scholarship.

The deadline to apply for your Masters course will depend on your chosen course of study. Applicants must usually submit their application by December or January. However, a more precise date will be available on the University of Cambridge’s graduate admissions website for each graduate course.

The deadline to apply for an Omid Cambridge Scholarship is the same as the deadline to apply for a Cambridge Trust Scholarship. This is usually the beginning of December (it was 02 December 2015 last year). This deadline is almost always before the deadline set by your Masters course. Even if your application meets the deadline set by your Masters course, your application may be too late to be considered by the Omid Trust.

Application Fee

There is an application fee payable by all students applying for graduate degrees at the University of Cambridge. Please contact the Omid Trust if you are experiencing technical problems paying this fee so that we can look into providing assistance. Problems of technical nature include, for example, experiencing banking difficulties, or an inability to transfer any sum of money abroad.

Immigration and Visa Applications

Details about visa applications and immigration relevant for international students can be found by clicking here.

Further Questions

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Useful Links:

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St Edmund’s College:

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