Financial support

Graduate support funds

Financial support for your studies may be made up from a variety of sources including scholarships, savings, loans and family funds.  The College provides money to support your course and your non-academic projects, and there is some financial aid for those whose original source of funding is no longer available.

Funding your course

College scholarships

The College provides a number of competitive Scholarships.  These include a Masters Studentship and up to 3 part-cost awards, a PhD maintenance-only Studentship and a number of smaller scholarships. The College also supports the University in up to three Vice-Chancellor's Awards for PhD students and three Newton CHESS awards for Masters students

University scholarships

Information on all University Scholarships will be found on their website.


Information on the following loan schemes is available on the University website

  • UK Government loans  for  Masters or PhD courses
  • UK Student Finance loans (Northern Ireland and Scotland) 
  • UK Private student loans
  • US loans
  • Canadian Loans
  • Indian loans

The University of Cambridge has a Student Loan Officer to help with the process of applying for a loan.

Supplementing your income

Taking paid work Is not permitted. There are only two exceptions. See the University website for more information.

  • Part-time students may take on paid work
  • Research students may, with the permission of their supervisor, take on up to 10 hours of undergraduate teaching in the form of College supervision, or other teaching duties in the department.

Financial Undertaking

To secure your place on a graduate course, you will have signed a legally-binding Financial Undertaking form and so informed the University of Cambridge that you have access to sufficient funds to meet the costs of your course. If this has ceased to be true, you should not start your course. Unfortunately, in many cases in which a source of funding has become unavailable, the best thing is to withdraw from the course.

Financial assistance during your course

If you find your original source of funding is no longer available, the University and the College will try to help. However, sources of aid are very limited and there is no guarantee that funding will be granted.

All applications will require the support of your College Graduate Tutor, so in general, if you find yourself in financial difficulties, your Tutor should be your first point of contact.

Cambridge Bursary Fund - This fund is primarily for undergraduates, but some UK graduate students do qualify.  It's worth reading through the details.

Other University Hardship funding for those who find themselves in need of extra financial assistance.  There is also assistance with medical costs where it is not conveniently or readily obtainable under the NHS.

Fitzwilliam College Maintenance Bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of alumni of the College, and other donors, the College can award bursaries to students according to individual circumstances to help cover living costs. All students are eligible, regardless of fee status. Awards are made according to individual circumstances.

The application process will require you to explain why your original sources of finance is no longer available and to discuss this with your Graduate Tutor.  Awards are made by the Tutorial Committee, to a maximum of £750 per year., but may typically be £250 or £500. 

In exceptional circumstances an award of £1000 can be made.  If a graduate student has already received an award of £750 or less, and their circumstances remain difficult, they can also apply again within the same academic year.

  • Deadlines - You must apply to your College Graduate Tutor at least 14 days before the next Tutorial Committee meeting
  • Committee meetings are held twice a term.  See the College Events diary for date of next meeting..
  • Application Form

List of funds that support the College Maintenance Bursaries 

Funding to support academic travel and research

All graduate students may apply for grants for conference attendance and other travel connected with graduate research. The fund may occasionally support additional course costs while in Cambridge.

Funding to support your non-academic projects

Grants are available to help with the cost of participation in extra-curricular activities including language study, drama, music, sport and community projects.

Fees and funding