Support for international students from countries outside the EU and the Commonwealth who wish to study at the University of Cambridge.


There are two general course funding deadlines, one in December, and the other in January. These deadlines apply to both UK and overseas applicants.


Cambridge Trust

Quick facts

Academic Discipline



US Citizen, Non-US Citizenships


Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

Varies, depending on the scholarship.


The Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust provide a large number of full- and part-cost scholarships to students at Cambridge from outside the European Union. You must apply to Cambridge for admission by the December deadline if you wish to be considered by the Trust for financial support on a course starting in October. (See the table of application deadlines for all the relevant Trusts in Cambridge.) Applications open on 1 September. You are encouraged to meet the entry requirements of Cambridge, including where appropriate the completion of an English language test, as early as you can. This will enable the Trusts to assess the possibility of an applicant receiving a scholarship, and help to prevent the Trusts from offering valuable scholarships to students who are unable to take up their places at Cambridge. Most scholarships offered by CCT and COT take account of your level of financial need. An exception to this is the scheme of Cambridge International Scholarships (CISS). These are full-cost awards for PhD students from outside the EU, for which you will be automatically considered if you are admitted to the PhD. You do not need to provide financial information in Section B of the Graduate Standard Application Form (GRADSAF) to be considered for CISS, and such information will not be taken into account when you are considered for CISS. About 80 CISS scholarships are offered each year, and successful candidates are informed by email in early April. Further information about CISS is also available on the website of the University's Student Registry. Many of CCT & COT's scholarships are offered in conjunction with funding partners, and some are restricted by nationality, subject or other criteria. You will see that some co-funded scholarships require you to submit an additional application to the funding partner - when you enter your citizenship to see the list of scholarships for which you are available, those for which you have to apply separately are clearly marked. Other scholarships will be awarded to candidates selected first on financial need, and second on academic strength and potential. To be considered for any of these scholarships, complete Section B of the GRADSAF when you apply for admission. Do not apply directly to CCT & COT - we cannot accept direct applications. Make it clear in your personal statement in Section B of the GRADSAF how you believe you meet any specific criteria of scholarships for which you wish to be considered. You can search for all such scholarships here. In the section on 'Personal funds' that you have available, you should include significant income from all sources, including salaries, business profit, rents, dividends etc. Funding for students with financial need is highly competitive. We expect all students with financial need to research and apply for suitable scholarships advertised on this website, and to make timely applications to our funding partners if required. If you do not require financial support for your study at Cambridge, please do not apply for needs-based scholarships. If you are selected for a scholarship based on your financial circumstances, we may require you to submit evidence in support of the information you have provided about your finances. We will ask you for such evidence when we need it. You will be informed between late March and July about the outcome of your scholarship application.


These are guidelines on eligibility for scholarships from the Cambridge Trust: Nationality Applicants may be of any nationality except that of the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and except that of any member state of the European Union. Applicants must be liable to pay University fees at the Overseas Rate. To find out more about your fee status, see information for undergraduates and for postgraduates. If you are an applicant from the UK or EU, see separate information for undergraduates and postgraduates. Status The Trusts do not accept applications from students who are part-way through a course at Cambridge, unless they are applying for funding towards a higher degree course following graduation. Degree level Applicants must be intending to start a course at the level of BA, BAaff, taught postgraduate (such as MPhil, MASt, LLM), and research postgraduate (such as PhD). The Trusts will not normally support students at a degree level that is the same as, or lower than, a degree they already hold, with two exceptions - we will consider an application from a student who is required to take a second Masters at Cambridge in order to gain admission to the PhD here, or from a student who is proposing to study as an affiliated student at Cambridge for a second BA (lasting two years). The Trusts do not have scholarships available for post-doctoral positions. The Trusts do not have scholarships available for part-time postgraduate degrees. Part-time undergraduate study is not available at Cambridge. Subject Applicants may study any subject currently available at the University. Application and Admission Applicants must be admitted to the University of Cambridge through the normal academic procedures. The Trusts have no role in the admission of applicants to study at the University, and are not able to influence the chances of an applicant being offered a place. The University sets minimum standards – check the requirements for undergraduates and for postgraduates. Check the information on application deadlines for undergraduates and postgraduates. Applicants are encouraged to meet the entry requirements of the University as early as possible, including (if necessary) the completion of an English language test. This will help to prevent the Trusts from offering valuable scholarships to students who are ultimately unable to take up their places at Cambridge. Applicants are also encouraged to read the Key points for undergraduate applicants or Key points for postgraduate applicants. Equality The Trusts are committed to equality of opportunity, and no applicant will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of gender (including gender reassignment), marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age. The primary consideration in the selection of Scholars will be applicants' ability to meet the selection criteria for each scholarship. Disabled students who receive scholarships from the Trusts may be eligible for supplementary funding to assist with additional costs, e.g. necessary adjustments in the study environment. Some scholarships that are fully or partially funded by partners of the Trusts are allocated to students of particular nationalities. But no students whose nationality is non-EU are excluded from the Trusts' overall programme of scholarships. Open to international students.