Bursaries & Scholarships

St Edmund’s is, as always, grateful to the donors and sponsors who have made these awards possible as well as our awards and prizes available to students in residence. If you wish to discuss donating towards new or existing Student Support initiatives, please contact the Development Office.

What follows is a list of potential funding options for students of St Edmund’s; for a means of searching all funding options throughout the University please follow this link: https://www.student-funding.cam.ac.uk/

Information about College fees and other charges relevant to studying at St Edmund’s can be found on College Finance Office webpages.

General Information regarding application through the Cambridge Trust for Graduate study

Applicants intending to pursue a course of graduate study or research at the University of Cambridge should complete and submit an online application through the Applicant Portal to the University’s Graduate Admissions Office by the specific course deadline. There will be two general course deadlines, 3 December 2019 and 7 January 2020.

By submitting one online application per course applied for, candidates will, where eligible, be considered for:

– admission to a course of graduate study or research by the University

– admission to a College by one or more of the Cambridge Colleges

– funding offered by the Cambridge Trust http://www.cambridgetrust.org/.

Students who apply by the relevant deadline and have been offered conditional admission will be automatically considered for any scholarship for which they are eligible.

Please follow this link for general information about course fees and other associated costs of studying at Cambridge: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees and this link for information about specific College fees: http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/finance-office.


Funding for PhD degrees

The Luzio Vice-Chancellors PhD Award

We are delighted to announce the fourth year of The Luzio Vice-Chancellors PhD Scholarship, set up in honour of the former Master, Professor Paul Luzio. The scholarship is open to a new Home or EU PhD student, of outstanding academic promise in the Arts and Humanities fields. One Scholarship is awarded each year and the award started in 2014-15. The scholarship covers the University tuition fee and an annual stipend for maintenance (for a single person only) for three years. The only factors taken into consideration in agreeing this scholarship are academic qualifications, references and research potential. The financial situation of applicants does not affect the selection of scholarship winners. Applications should be submitted via the Cambridge Trust.

Charter Vice-Chancellors Award / Cambridge International Scholarship

This scholarship is available to PhD candidates in any field and is awarded every 3 years for full cost funding of the University tuition fee and an annual stipend (sufficient for a single person). This is funded partly by the College and partly by the Cambridge Trust. No separate application is necessary for this scholarship, just application to the University of Cambridge. However, it is only tenable to a student at St Edmund’s College. The scholarship(s) is awarded every three years (next available in 2022-2023).

The Duke of Edinburgh Vice-Chancellor Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Scholarships are open to both Overseas (non EU) and Home and EU PhD students, in any discipline and cover the University Tuition fee and an annual stipend sufficient for a single person. The scholarships are part funded by a legacy and a generous donation from an alumnus, which are then matched by the Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust. The Cambridge Trust administers the awards, further details of which are available via the Trust. The scholarship(s) is awarded every three years (next available in 2022-2023).

Funding for Masters degrees

AGM Randeree Charitable Trust  (RCT) Scholarship

The AGM Randeree Scholarship offers a unique opportunity for prospective students who are actively engaged in the British Muslim community to develop their leadership capabilities. It has been made possible by the generosity of the Muslim Council of Britain and is aimed to support one student with leadership potential to enhance their intellectual reach through study at one of the world’s leading universities, and to nurture their leadership capacity through mentoring and a 4-6 week placement with a respected relevant community or research organisation. Further details can be found on the AGM Randeree Scholarship website. Students must hold an offer of a place with their Department by the time of interview. The deadline for applications has been extended until 29 February 2020 and the interview date (likely in March) is to be announced.

The Aziz Foundation (AF) Scholarship

The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for an exceptional Muslim student active in British Muslim communities and keen to build bridges with all parts of British society. The student will have the commitment and intelligence to support and represent Muslim communities in wider society, as well as the credibility to bring and explain new learning experiences back to the community, and will thus create mutual understanding between Muslims and others and contribute to the creation of a more cohesive society. The scholarship will cover tuition and living expenses for a year, up to a maximum of £25,000 in total. For further details and information on how to apply, please visit the Aziz Foundation website. The deadline for applications has been extended until 29 February 2020 and interviews are expected to be held towards the end of March 2020.

The Ebenezer Ademisoye MPhil Award

This award is for an applicant who has an offer at St Edmund’s College to study an MPhil in a STEM subject or economics and who is in financial need. Preference will be given to an applicant from an Black background.


Open to UK, EU and Overseas students.

Students must have been accepted for a place on an MPhil in the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Physical Sciences, the School of Technology or the Faculty of Economics.

Students must have been offered membership at St Edmund’s College.

Preference will be given to applicants with one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)

Candidates must demonstrate financial need.

How to apply

Applications should be made in writing to St Edmund’s College by sending a CV, a declaration of eligibility and a covering letter of no more that 1000 words outlining why you would benefit from the award and demonstrating your financial need. Applications should be made by 1st June 2020 and sent to admissions@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk.

The McBurney St Edmund’s College MPhil Bursary in Archaeological Science

The bursary is for the best qualified applicant who applies for the MPhil in Archaeology, and who wishes to specialise in Archaeological Science, with a preference for those who have an interest in Geoarchaeology. Students with any fee status (Home/EU/Overseas) are eligible to apply. Applicant must have been accepted for a place on the MPhil in Archaeology with a specialisation in Archaeological Science. The bursary is to the amount of £5,000 and is funded jointly by the Charles McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology, St Edmund’s College, Professor Charles French (a Fellow of St Edmund’s) and private donations. Applications should be made in writing to St Edmund’s College, including a statement of no more than 1,000 words in support of your application. Applications should be made by 1st May 2020.

Omid Scholarship

The Omid Trust is an independent and non-partisan charity based in the UK. It is dedicated to supporting the brightest Iranian students and enabling them to pursue higher education at leading universities around the world. It works with the Cambridge Trust to co-fund the Omid Cambridge Scholarship, available for Iranian students who apply to take a Masters degree at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship is tenable at St Edmund’s College and applications can be made in the normal way to the Trusts.

The St Edmund’s College & CJBS Social Innovation scholarship

A £10,000 award (£5,000 payable in 2020/21 and £5,000 payable in 2021/22) has been made available by St Edmund’s College in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School for applicants on the MSt in Social Innovation. St Edmund’s and CJBS welcome applications from any candidate, irrespective of nationality or geographical location. Applications are particularly welcomed from social sector practitioners (working at organisations with limited resources, such as NGOs, in particular).

To apply for this funding applicants will be required to submit an application:

  • outlining a social innovation idea (or a change project within an organisation) which the programme can help realise
  • explaining how the candidate will be able to play a part in the life of St Edmund’s College.

Candidates must have received an offer to join the programme in October 2020 and membership at St Edmund’s College before they can be considered for the scholarship.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship has been extended until 13 July 2020.

The Peter Kishor Chand Anand Cambridge Scholarship

The Peter Kishor Chand Anand Cambridge Scholarship is awarded to up to one Indian student per year, between 2017-18 and 2021-2022, who has applied and been accepted to study at St Edmund’s College for any one-year Masters course. Applications must be made via the University’s online application process and by the published application deadline, which for 2020-2021 is 3rd December 2019. The total value of each scholarship is £23,000, with £15,000 contributed by the donor and the balance contributed by the Cambridge Trust. Applications should be submitted via the Cambridge Trust.

Funding for Undergraduates

Cambridge Bursary Scheme

The Cambridge Bursary Scheme provides bursaries to Home and EU undergraduates studying for a first degree of up to £3,500 (or £5,600 for some mature students) per year for students with household incomes of less than £42,620. The Bursary is in addition to the support available from the Government. Further details can be found here.

Please follow this link for general information about Tuition Fees and other associated costs of studying as an undergraduate at Cambridge:  https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/fees-and-finance/tuition-fees and this link for information about specific College fees: http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/finance-office