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Vice-Chancellor’s Awards & Cambridge International Scholarships 2017

Publish Date: Aug 31, 2016

Deadline: Dec 07, 2016


On behalf of the University, the Cambridge Trust is pleased to offer the Vice-Chancellor's Awards (for UK and EU students) and the Cambridge International Scholarships (for international students) for those undertaking PhD studies.

The aim of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships is to ensure that the 250 highest ranked students, irrespective of nationality, receive full financial support to undertake research leading to a PhD. The Scholarships pay the University Composition Fee and a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single person.

Applicants from countries outside the EU (classified as 'overseas' for fees purposes) who wish to start their PhDs in 2017-18 must apply by 7 December 2016. Applicants from the UK and EU (paying the 'home' or EU rate for the University Composition Fee) must apply by 4 January 2017. Please see the Graduate Admissions webpage 'Application & Funding Deadlines'.

All applicants should submit the Graduate Application Form, ticking the box to apply to the Cambridge Trust and completing Sections B3 (Cambridge Trust Personal Statement) and B4 (Financial Details for the Cambridge Trust).

A University Committee draws up one ranked list of all PhD candidates across all disciplines. The only factors taken into consideration in agreeing this list are academic qualifications, references and research potential. The financial situation of applicants does not affect the selection of scholarship winners.

Successful applicants are informed at the earliest opportunity and the Trust will announce the winners of the Cambridge International Scholarships for 2017-18 in mid-February, and the winners of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for that year at the beginning of March 2017.

In order to maximise the number of Scholarships awarded, the Trust will, when appropriate, promote winners of Vice-Chancellor's Awards and Cambridge International Scholarships to other full-cost awards with UK Research Councils, or partner organisations, or Departments or Colleges, who are willing to provide either the full amount or part of the cost of the scholarship. Where part of the cost of a scholarship is offered, the Trust will meet the balance.

In the case of students securing other full-cost scholarships, the Trust will be pleased to offer 'honorary' status which entitles them to become a Trust scholar without remuneration.

The scholarships are awarded early in the academic year, as mentioned above, following this timetable:

  • 7 December 2016 deadline for applications from international students (liable to pay the the University fee at the 'overseas' rate) to be received by the University
  • 4 January 2017 deadline for applications from UK and EU (required to pay fees at the 'home' or EU rate) to be received by the University
  • January/February 2017 Departments draw up ranked lists of applicants
  • February/March 2017 Selection Committee meets to decide on scholarships, and successful candidates are notified immediately

How do I apply?

1. Preparation

  • You should thoroughly research your prospective course, its requirements, deadlines and course costs in the course directory before you think about completing and submitting the online application form.
  • Make sure you are clear on the separate Application and funding deadlines
  • Check that you have the relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format ready to upload.
  • For your academic referees, you should ensure you have their consent before you apply and have the correct email address for each (preferably an institutional email address). Applicants can request references before the submission of their application and should do so as early as possible.
  • You should have a choice of up to two colleges to consider your application.

2. Apply using the Applicant Portal

When you have completed the necessary preparation, and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information:

  • Go to the course directory (See in the "Further official information" link below this article) and find the course you wish to apply for, then click the "Apply Now" button in the How to Apply tab.
  • All applications must be completed in English.
  • You can request your references in the Applicant Portal, and see when these have been submitted.
  • You can also apply for funding via the Applicant Portal
  • There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to our secure server when you submit the online application. If you are having difficulty with the payment system, please contact the Graduate Admission Office. If you require further information about the application fee, please go to the Application Fee page.
  • You will need to submit a separate application, with separate supporting documents, for each course you wish to apply for.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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