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Finance, funding, scholarships, and bursaries

Postgraduate study is expensive, but there are a number of scholarships available at Jesus College.

University fees

You'll need to pay the University Composition Fee for each year you study at Cambridge, except for the fourth year of the PhD.

Before coming to Cambridge, you must have guaranteed funding for every year of your course. The Graduate Admissions Office have a maintenance calculator which you can use to work out your rough living costs while you're here. Please think of this as the minimum amount you'll need.

It's very unlikely that you'll be able to find extra funding once you are at Cambridge, so please don't count on this. We can't offer financial assistance for fees or living costs. 

College deposit

When you arrive at the College you'll need to deposit a sum of money with us as ‘caution money’, whether you live in College accommodation or not. The money will be refunded after you complete your course, minus any amount taken out to cover damage to College property etc. Most students get their deposit back in full.

Grants, prizes, and bursaries

Some travel and study grants, small bursaries, and prizes are offered throughout the academic year for achievements in sports, specific subject areas, and residencies. There is also a Postgraduate Research Fund, which is available to current postgraduate students by application, to help with the costs of attending conferences and research visits.

Working while you study

The University does not allow students to undertake external paid work while they're studying full time. However, there are opportunities to work within College on a temporary and part time basis, which is allowed up to a maximum of 10 hours a week. It won't be enough to cover your living costs alone. Further information about working while you study can be found on the Cambridge students website. If you are studying on a Tier 4 VISA, it is also your responsibility to be clear about restrictions on working while studying imposed by immigration regulations.


Scholarships at Jesus College are available either by application, or are directly awarded to candidates of outstanding merit by the College and associated bodies. Selected scholarships are listed below. A full list of scholarships can be found in the Jesus College List of Scholarships (to be updated soon).

Scholarships by Application - please check back soon, this page is soon to be updated for scholarships available for a course start in October 2020

The next deadline to apply for scholarships is 25 March 2020. Please click on the title link of the scholarship, or do to the bottom of this page, to download an application form. Further information are available by emailing us at

Embiricos Trust Scholarship (currently advertised for 2019/20 start)

The Embiricos Trust offers a graduate scholarship to one student applying for a PhD at Jesus College who is of Greek, Greek Cypriot, or British nationality or descent. Relevant fields include Engineering and Electrical Sciences, Manufacturing Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Computer Science. Graduates who have already started their doctorate aren't eligible. The scholarship offers an annual contribution to maintenance expenses of up to £13,500 for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Gurnee Hart Scholarship (currently advertised for 2019/20 start)

This scholarship, currently worth £8,000, is offered to an exceptional graduate studying for a one-year Master's degree in History or historical studies. Current Jesus students are eligible too. The successful candidate will be chosen by the College. 

Albert Goh and Elizabeth Coupe Scholarship (currently advertised for 2019/20 start)

This scholarship, currently worth £4,000, is offered to an exceptional graduate applying to study a one-year course in a humanities or social sciences subject at Jesus College. Current Jesus students are eligible too. The successful candidate will be chosen by the College. 

The David and Susan Hibbitt Cambridge Scholarship (currently advertised for 2019/20 start)

Offered to a student applying to Jesus College to study Natural Sciences (Biological) or a technology subject such as Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Computer Science, this scholarship is worth up to £10,000 per academic year. The College chooses which student will receive the scholarship, and they'll be funded for up to three years in a row as long as they're making good progress with their studies. Graduates who have already started their doctorate aren't eligible.

The Valluri-Rao Scholarship (currently advertised for 2019/20 start)

This scholarship is offered to an exceptional graduate applying to study for a PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, or Physics at Jesus. The successful candidate - selected by Jesus College - will receive £8,000 per year for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Graduates who have already started their doctorate are not eligible.

Charles Rawlinson Graduate Choral Scholarships (available)

This scholarship of £500 is awarded to one or two graduate students a year who would like to take part in the College choirs either as organ scholar or choral scholar. Current Jesus students are eligible too. Please ask for more information by emailing the Dean of Chapel at Jesus College. 

The Dunne Fund (available)

If you're training for the ordained ministry of the Church of England and studying at Jesus College as part of your training, you may be eligible for a scholarship to help cover the cost of your fees. Please contact your theological college principal to find out more. Further information can be sought from the Dean of Chapel at Jesus College.

The Lady Kay Scholarship (available)

The Lady Kay Scholarship was endowed by Sir Edward Ebenezer Kay and is open to anyone pursuing theological study or research in the University who has already obtained a first or second class in any Cambridge Tripos and declares the intention of seeking Holy Orders in the Church of England. They must be, or become, a resident member of Jesus College. The scholarship is worth £500 per year for up to three years, with an additional £2,000 a year towards the University Composition Fee.  Please ask for more information by emailing us at

Directly Awarded Scholarships

The Hogwood Scholarship (awarded annually)

Thanks to a generous gift from the Estate of the late Christopher Hogwood we're able to match fund a first class PhD student with the Arts and Humanities Research Council. There is no separate application required for this scholarship as the College directly selects a candidate of outstanding merit.

The Sheldrick Scholarship (next award for 2019/20 start)

This scholarship offers full fees and maintenance support for a PhD student in Chemistry who has previously studied in Germany. There is no separate application required for this scholarship as the recipient will be selected jointly by the College and the Department of Chemistry.

The Cambridge Schröder Scholarship in German Studies (next award for 2019/20 start)

This scholarship - worth up to £10,000 per academic year for overseas students or half total fees for three years for UK or EU students - is offered to a first year PhD applicant in German Studies, or comparative or cross-disciplinary topics. Graduates who have already started their doctorate aren't eligible. There is no separate application form as the recipient will be chosen jointly by the Department of German and Dutch, the Cambridge Trust, and Jesus College.

The John Killen Scholarship (next award for 2019/20 start)

Made available by a generous donation from William and Patricia Burnside, the John Killen Scholarship is named in recognition of Professor Killen’s contribution to teaching and research at Jesus College. The scholarship is offered every two years to a graduate applying to study for an MPhil in Classics at Jesus College, with particular preference given to those with an interest in any of the following:

  • Epigraphy and interpretation of Linear B
  • Comparative philology
  • Archaeology of Greece in the second millennium BC.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished undergraduate record and will show an aptitude for a higher degree in Classics. The scholarship is currently worth £10,000, which may be used towards fees or maintenance. 

Other Funding Sources

Many additional potential sources of funding can be found using the University of Cambridge Student Funding database. It is also a good idea to contact your Faculty to inquire about discipline-specific grants, scholarships or bursaries.

Research fellowships

In July and August each year we invite applications for paid research fellowships, two in an arts subject and one in a science subject. Fellowships normally last three years, and are open to those who have completed, or are close to completing, their doctoral research. More information is available during July and August on our vacancies page.

If you have any questions about postgraduate scholarships at Jesus College please call us on +44 (0)1223 339421 or email us at

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