Student Financial Support



Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

Find out more about the many scholarships, bursaries and prizes available to our students.

If your household income is at or below £35,000, you may be eligible for the Opportunity Scholarship. You do not need to apply for this as you will be automatically considered if you meet the eligibility criteria.

If your household income is between £35,001 and £40,000, you may be eligible for the Undergraduate Support Scholarship. You do not need to apply for this as you will be automatically considered if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Many other schemes are provided by both the University and external organisations. This is not a comprehensive list, and you may also find it useful to look at individual academic units to check if any subject specific funding is available, as well as external charities and trusts.

Prizes for academic performance

  • Endowed prizes: prizes with a range of values, awarded mainly to Stage 1 undergraduates
  • Engineering prizes: prizes to assist the most promising engineering undergraduates

Donor funded schemes

Sports and performance

  • Performance Sport Scholarships: awarded on an annual basis and available to undergraduate and postgraduate applicants, as well as current students. Scholarships are reviewed annually.
  • Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS): a Government funded programme that represents a unique partnership between sport and higher and further education. A TASS award is made on an annual basis and individuals are nominated by their National Governing Body.

Student parents

University funded schemes

  • Career Insight Bursary: financial support to help students explore their career options
  • Expeditions: the University is particularly keen to encourage expeditions organised by students to carry out research at destinations outside the UK and can offer funds to assist with this
  • ncl+ Student Achievement Awards: local and national recognition for individuals and groups from across the University for their hard work and achievements
  • Research Scholarships: providing undergraduates who have research potential with experience of research

Charities and Trusts

There are thousands of external bodies and educational trusts with a wide variety of funds available for students.


Funding for Masters students comes from a variety of sources.

The funding you could apply for may depend on your personal circumstances, your intended course of study, and your financial situation.

Sources of funding

  • 2022/23 Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarship
  • Research Councils
  • Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships: available for graduates from the UK to study for up to two consecutive years in one of the Faculties at Harvard
  • Fullbright Award for study in the US: grants to enable you to study any discipline and at any accredited US institution
  • Kennedy Scholarships: open to British citizens, tenable at Harvard or MIT, and providing full funding for one academic year
  • Medical Women's Federation: various grants and prizes throughout the year to assist qualified Doctors or women studying towards a medical degree leading to GMC registration as a doctor
  • The Gibbs Travelling Research Fellowship assists women graduates with considerable experience of research who intend to undertake fieldwork projects outside of the British Isles in Biology, Archaeology, Social Anthropology or Sociology. The Fellowship is open to women graduates of the University of Cambridge, with preference given to present or former members of Newnham College
  • Thouron Award: up to 10 awards, covering tuition fees, health insurance and living expenses, which enables travel within the USA, available for British candidates who want to pursue a full-time postgraduate course at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Funding for postgraduate study can be very competitive. Start looking for funding about nine months before the start of your course. Many of the schemes have strict and early deadlines.


Some University schools and institutes advertise opportunities on their own websites. Studentships are also listed on our Funding and Finance database.

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