Institute of Astronomy

Funding for Ph.D. Students

A significant number of students are funded via STFC Quota awards for which qualifying UK and EU residents are eligible to apply. STFC grants cover all University and College fees, but living expenses are included only for UK and certain EU residents. A number of overseas Ph.D. students are also admitted each year financed from other sources, including funding bodies in their own country and scholarships available to University of Cambridge applicants.

Funding Deadlines

STFC UK & EU applicants 28 January 2016
Gates Cambridge For US citizens normally resident in the USA 14 October 2015
For all other eligible applicants 2 December 2015
Cambridge Trust For citizens of countries outside the EU 2 December 2015
For citizens of countries within the EU 6 January 2016

UK Residents

Qualifying UK residents should tick the "Other Research Councils" box in Section B of the GRADSAF.

European Union Residents

Applicants from the European Union (EU), should tick the "Other Research Councils" box in Section B of the GRADSAF.  EU students who have been resident in the UK for at least three years, whether purely for the purpose of studying or not, are eligible for full funding (fees and maintenance). EU students who have been resident in the UK for less than three years, or who are applying from another EU country, are eligible for a STFC award which covers only the University and College fees and it is necessary to identify another source to fund the minimum sum necessary to cover living costs each year. Currently, the minimum sum required by the University is approximately £12,750 per year (equivalent to almost 18,200 euros at present exchange rates (November 2015)) but note that UK STFC equivalent grants are nearer to 20,000 euros and the University's requirement should be considered a bare minimum.

The only Cambridge astronomy-specific scholarship is the Isaac Newton Studentship, for which all eligible applicants will be considered automatically, it is not necessary to make a separate application. Some Cambridge Colleges offer scholarships and there are some country-specific and subject -specific awards which can be found using the CamFunds database linked from this funding page

The University's funding page also provides further information about Gates and Cambridge Trust funding.

Applications to funds, administered by the EU, or from within your own country, for study abroad are definitely worth exploring. Your own current university should have information about the range of options available. For well-qualified candidates we can supply some assistance in completing application forms that require information relating to research projects and potential supervisors.

Overseas Residents

Overseas residents should consult the University's funding page for Gates Cambridge and Cambridge Trust links and information.

The only Cambridge astronomy-specific scholarship is the Isaac Newton Studentship, for which all eligible applicants will be considered automatically, it is not necessary to make a separate application. Some Cambridge Colleges offer scholarships and there are some country-specific and subject -specific awards which can be found using the CamFunds database linked from this funding page

Applications to funds administered from within your own country, for study abroad are definitely worth exploring. Your own current university should have information about the range of options available and the British Council may also be able to assist in identifying awards for which students are eligible. For well-qualified candidates we can supply some assistance in completing application forms that require information relating to research projects and potential supervisors.

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