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University of Cambridge Leslie Wilson Research Scholarship for a PhD Degree in Any Field, UK

Publish Date: Oct 28, 2016

Deadline: Apr 21, 2017


The Leslie Wilson research studentship was endowed by Leslie Hamilton Wilson of Ayr and his wife, Margaret May Wilson, in memory of their son Leslie (matriculated 1948) who died in the air disaster at Prestwick on Christmas Day 1954. The purpose of the trust they endowed is ‘to found scholarships in memory of our son. Larry loved Magdalene and was very happy during his time there’.

The College, therefore, invites applications for a Leslie Wilson Research Scholarship from well-qualified candidates who will be studying at the University of Cambridge for a PhD Degree and will have graduated from their present University before 1 October 2017. The Scholarship will be tenable for up to three years from 1 October 2017 and there is no restriction of the field of study. While consideration will normally be restricted to those who have obtained, or who have a strong prospect of obtaining, a first-class Honours degree (or its equivalent), evidence of potential intellectual development will be taken into account.


In determining the value of the Scholarships in individual cases, the College will take into account candidates' income from all sources. A maximum award of university composition fee (home rate) and full maintenance will be made to a Scholar who has no other sources of income. The successful candidate will receive a minimum award of £500 per year regardless of their resources.

Candidates will be expected to apply (where eligible) for State or Research Council Studentships and the College will take into account grants and awards from other sources in arriving at a suitable maintenance grant. Candidates liable to pay University fees at the overseas rate will be expected to apply for research awards organised by the Cambridge Trusts and the University of Cambridge.

Rented accommodation in or near College will normally be made available during the first year of residence to a single Scholar. The college does not currently have any family accommodation available.

Application Procedure

Those wishing to be considered for a Leslie Wilson Research Scholarship must also apply to the Board of Graduate Studies, 4 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RZ, for admission to the University as a Graduate Student using the usual GRADSAF Form external link which is obtainable electronically (or in hard copy) from the Board. Preference will be given to those nominating Magdalene as their first-choice College. Overseas applicants should return their Gradsaf form by 7 December 2016 and Home/EU applicants should return their Gradsaf form by 4 January 2017 to be considered for University funding.

In addition, all candidates should complete a Leslie Wilson Research Scholarship application form which can be downloaded here or obtained from Ms C. Percival, the Graduate Tutor’s Assistant, Tutorial Office, Magdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG. Applications can be submitted in electronic form or in hard copy (5 copies) to the Graduate Tutor’s Assistant ( by 21 April 2017. References must be received electronically or in hard copy by the closing date; applicants must take responsibility for ensuring that their nominated referees keep to the application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not normally be accepted. The successful candidate will be informed in late June.

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