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If you wish to be considered for the Graduate Funding Competition (please note that this does not include all the options presented below) you MUST complete the relevant funding tabs on the Applicant Portal and submit your application alongside all required supporting documents (references included) by 5 December 2023, 23:59 GMT


When considering applying for a course consider the living costs as well as the course fees required during your time here. The finance overview will help you calculate your costs.

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, Research Councils and central University funds. Eligibility for the funds can be based on what course you are studying, your country of origin, or other criteria.

The Postgraduate Admissions Website has detailed information about the funding opportunities. This includes information about eligibility, how to apply and application deadlines.

There is also a funding search tool which will help you identify possibly funding opportunities.

You are also advised to do your own research on other funding sources, including the Colleges. Competition for funding is high so we strongly advise that you apply for as many funding opportunities as possible, to maximise the chance of success.

Below we have highlighted some funds where our students have achieved success in the past but this is not an exhaustive list.


Doctoral Training Centre Economic & Social Research Council Studentships (ESRC)

Doctoral Training Centre Economic & Social Research Council Studentships (ESRC)

The Faculty of Economics is pleased to participate in a new ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Cambridge. A range of studentships are available across the social sciences at Cambridge; if you are interested in how society works and how it can handle global challenges, a DTP studentship will give you a world-class training programme, with access to leading international scholars both at Cambridge and other DTPs, and a wide community of fellow social scientists.

You can find out more about ESRC DTP studentships here:

See profiles of our current ESRC funded students

Gates Cambridge Trust

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are designed to support students of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential from every country of the world except the UK. Preference will be given to those judged particularly committed to serving their communities, and students from the USA will be considered first.

Full details and application deadlines can be found on the Postgraduate Admissions website or on the Gates Cambridge website.

Course Requirements

Cambridge Trust

Course Requirements

Full details of Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust  awards and application deadlines can be found on the Postgraduate Admissions website or on the Cambridge Trust website.


Students may be eligible for College Studentships. See Postgraduate Admissions website.

Trinity College offers the Schilt Studentship for citizens of the US proposing to study for a graduate degree in Economics.

Fitzwilliam College offers The Fitzwilliam College Stan Gold PhD Studentship to support a doctoral candidate whose research explores a topic integrally related to the study of public policy.

Course Requirements

Ajit Singh Janeway Institute Scholarship

Course Requirements

Queens’ College and the Janeway Institute are pleased to offer a 3-year doctoral studentship, which can be extended to a 4th year. The studentship is open to applicants for the PhD in Economics. In order to be considered for the studentship, the candidate has to indicate Queens’ College as their first choice college in the application.

The studentship is £6,000 per year, which will be reduced to £3,000 per year if the successful candidate is already fully funded from other sources.

For more information, please see the webpage here.