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Graduate Applications

Applications from Home (UK) and EU Students

If you are likely to graduate with a good honours degree (2.1 or better), and are interested in studying for a PhD in Cambridge please apply via the route described in Graduate Admissions/Admission to the University using the APPLICANT PORTAL application procedure.

The Department has limited access to funding and is able to award Research Studentships to Home and EU students when the funding is available - but please see information here regarding EU fee status for entry 2019 and onwards: Research Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis and are funded by the research councils, charities, and sometimes by industrial sponsors. Studentships will be advertised here:


University of Cambridge Fee Status information here:


Enquiries can also be made by email to (or directly to the proposed supervisor in the case of specific queries about projects offered).


Funding opportunities for EU and overseas applicants (except USA)

Information on sources of funding is at:

Funding deadlines


Fees at the 'overseas' rate (i.e. students from outside the EU) are appreciably higher than those for Home/EU students and in many cases are not met by single studentships originating in the UK. Further information can be found here:  

NB In order to be considered for a Cambridge award, your application for admission (via the  APPLICANT PORTAL) must be submitted by 3rd January 2019.  In order to avoid the inevitable last-minute rush, we advise you to complete your application by mid- November 2018.

NB There are separate deadlines for applications and funding for candidates from the USA.


Funding opportunities for USA applicants

The information about applying is the same as that above for other non-UK/non-EU candidates except that, in order to be considered for both the Gates Cambridge Scholarships and Cambridge Overseas Trust awards, the APPLICANT PORTAL must be completed by new applicants before 10th October 2018.  If you are a current or former student of the University of Cambridge (and are applying for a new course) then the deadline is 3rd January 2019.

New applicants from the USA who return the APPLICANT PORTAL after 10th October 2018 but before 3rd January 2019 will only be considered for modest, part-cost awards offered by the Cambridge Overseas Trust.

Awards Timetable

* Please read the Gates Cambridge Deadlines page ( to check which deadline is applicable to you. Gates Cambridge is unable to consider applicants with Home fee status.