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Postgraduate School of Life Sciences


Cambridge Trust

The Cambridge Trust, which works with partners worldwide to support outstanding students under a variety of scholarship schemes, awards around 500 scholarships annually, and supports more than 1200 students in residence each year.  During its history of over 30 years of offering scholarships at the University of Cambridge, the Trust has awarded more than 20,000 scholarships to students from around the world.

Gates Cambridge Trust

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university. The programme takes between 80 and 90 scholars each year who demonstrate outstanding intellectual ability, a commitment to improving the lives of others and leadership potential. The programme takes Masters and PhD students from any country outside the UK.

Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships

The Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme was established in February 2019 thanks to an extraordinarily generous donation from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation, the biggest single gift made to a university in the UK by a British philanthropist. These fully funded Scholarships are available to the most talented PhD students in any discipline, from all parts of the UK and the world. The programme takes at least 25 scholars per year.  

Research Councils (UKRI)

Research Council (UKRI) funding is money that comes from the Government to support research in various subject areas. Please see the separate page for information about the different Research Councils.

Departmental awards

Many departments have specific awards they administer locally; information about these is available on department websites. You can also search for these on the Student Funding Search.

College Funding

Please see the separate page for information about College funding opportunities. You can also search for college sources of funding on the Student Funding Search.

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Postgraduate Admissions

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Postgraduate School of Life Sciences Training

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