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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

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 available from Jesus College can be found in the University of Cambridge Student Funding Search database (search for "Jesus").

Scholarships by Application for new courses starting October 2020

The next deadline to apply for College scholarships is Tuesday 24 March 2020. Please click on the title link of the scholarship, or the links within the text, to download an application form. Further information is available by emailing us at graduate-tutor@jesus.cam.ac.uk

Embiricos Trust Scholarship (for a PhD course starting in 2020/21)

One Embiricos Trust Scholarship is awarded each year to a PhD applicant in Physical Science, Engineering or Mathematics, at the University of Cambridge with Greek, Greek Cypriot or British primary nationality. Relevant fields include Engineering and Electrical Sciences, Manufacturing Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Computer Science. There can be three concurrent recipients. Postgraduates who have already started their doctorate are not eligible. The candidate, who will be of considerable distinction, will be selected by Jesus College. Please download the application form.

The scholarship offers an annual contribution of up to £13,500 for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Gurnee Hart Scholarship (for a Masters course starting in 2020/21)

One Gurnee Hart Scholarship is awarded each year to a Masters applicant at the University of Cambridge in History or historical studies. The candidate, who will be of considerable distinction, will be selected by Jesus College. The Development and Alumni Relations Office at Jesus College request that the successful applicants write a report, when prompted, detailing what the scholarship has enabled them to achieve, which will be shared with the donor. Please download the application form.

This scholarship is worth £8,000 for a maximum of one year, subject to satisfactory progress.

Albert Goh and Elizabeth Coupe Scholarship (for a Masters course starting in 2020/21)

One Albert Goh and Elizabeth Coupe Scholarship is awarded each year to a Masters applicant at the University of Cambridge in the Humanities or Social Sciences. The candidate, who will be of considerable distinction, will be selected by Jesus College. The Development and Alumni Relations Office at Jesus College request that the successful applicants write a report, when prompted, detailing what the scholarship has enabled them to achieve, which will be shared with the donors. Please download the application form.

This scholarship is worth £4,000 for a maximum of one year, subject to satisfactory progress.

Charles Rawlinson Postgraduate Choral Scholarships (available)

This award is available for postgraduate students who have the experience and wish to participate fully in the College choirs either as an organ scholar or choral scholar. The award can be held by one or two postgraduates in any academic year. Current Jesus students are eligible too. Please ask for more information by emailing the Dean of Chapel at Jesus College. This scholarship is worth £500.

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 amount of the award varies.

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 senior-tutor@jesus.cam.ac.uk

Directly Awarded Scholarships

The Open Oxford Cambridge AHRC Hogwood Scholarship (for a PhD course starting in  2020/21)

Jesus College is extremely grateful to the Estate of the late Christopher Hogwood for this generous benefaction. This award allows match funding of a PhD student of outstanding merit and is selected by Jesus College. The scholarship is awarded directly annually, and is for three academic years (subject to satisfactory research progress), allowing for three scholars to be in residence at any one time. The scholarship for 2020/21 will be match funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Hogwood benefaction administered by Jesus College. For Home students, the scholarship provides up to 50% of total costs (fees and maintenance) of an AHRC Studentship - the exact amount depends upon the studentship awarded. For EU students, the scholarship provides full maintenance costs. There is no separate application form. The Development and Alumni Relations Office at Jesus College request that the successful applicants write a report, when prompted, detailing what the scholarship has enabled them to achieve, which will be shared with the donor's family. 

Cambridge UK Masters and Jesus College Scholarship (for a Masters course starting in 2020/21)

Three Cambridge UK Masters and Jesus College Scholarships are awarded annually to postgraduate applicants ordinarily resident in the UK, to assist with the costs of one year Masters courses. These are joint awards between the Cambridge Trust and Jesus  College, with Jesus College contributing £6000 (50%) to each award. Recipients of outstanding merit are selected jointly by both bodies, and must be members or postgraduate offer holders of Jesus College.  There is no separate application form.

The Sheldrick Scholarship (TBC)

One Sheldrick Scholarship in Chemistry is awarded directly every three years in conjunction with the Department of Chemistry. There is no separate application form. The award is made to an outstanding PhD applicant in Chemistry who holds German citizenship, or has been completed, or recently completed, an MSc in Chemistry at a German University. Only one scholar can be in residence at any one time. The Development and Alumni Relations Office at Jesus College request that the successful applicants write a report, when prompted, detailing what the scholarship has enabled them to achieve, which will be shared with the donor/donor's family.

The scholarship offers an annual contribution of up to £25,000 for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

The Cambridge Schröder Scholarship in German Studies (for a PhD course starting in  2020/21)

One Schröder Scholarship is awarded directly every year in conjunction with the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (Department of German and Dutch), and the Cambridge Trust. There is no separate application form. The award is made to an outstanding PhD applicant in German Studies or comparative/cross-diciplinary topics, and is selected jointly by the awarding institutions. The recipient must have stated Jesus College as their first choice on their postgraduate application form, must be a Jesus College offer holder to be offered the award, and be sufficiently highly ranked by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Postgraduates who have already started their doctorate are not eligible. 

The Jesus College contribution to this scholarship is £3,000 for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

The John Killen Scholarship (for a Masters course starting in 2020/21)

One John Killen Scholarship is awarded directly in conjunction with the Faculty of Classics. There is no separate application form. The award is made to an outstanding MPhil in Classics applicant, and selected by the Faculty of Classics. Preference will be given to those with an interest in any of the following areas: the epigraphy and interpretation of Linear B; comparative philology; or the archaeology of Greece in the second millennium BC. The Development and Alumni Relations Office at Jesus College request that the successful applicants write a report, when prompted, detailing what the scholarship has enabled them to achieve, which will be shared with the donor's family. 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.

This scholarship is worth £5,000 for the 2020/21 academic year, subject to satisfactory progress.

The Kenneth Sutherland Memorial Scholarship (for a PhD course starting in  2020/21)

One Kenneth Sutherland Memorial Scholarship is awarded every three years. There is no separate application form. The award is made to an outstanding Canadian PhD applicant, the priority is for an applicant planning to study Engineering, and is selected by Jesus College. The award is for £1,500 per year for three years. The recipient must be a Jesus College offer holder to be offered the award, and be highly ranked by the relevant Department.

Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship: John Eliot (for a Masters course starting in 2020/21)

The John Eliot Scholarship provides a full scholarship (fees and accommodation costs) for three terms, plus a stipend to cover living expenses and some travel. There is no separate application form. The recipient is selected annually by Harvard and the applicant must be an undergraduate of Harvard applying to a Masters course. The selection Committee are all former Harvard-Cambridge Scholars.

Nick Mills Memorial Scholarship in Conservation Leadership (for a Masters course starting in 2020/21)

One Nick Mills Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year in collaboration with Flora & Fauna, and the Department of Geography, to an overseas Masters candidate studying for an MPhil in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge. The candidate, who will be of considerable distinction, will be selected by the Department of Geography. The scholarship is subject to annual confirmation of available funding from the charity Flora & Fauna. There is no separate application form.

This scholarship is worth £10,000 for a maximum of one year, subject to satisfactory progress.

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 graduate-tutor@jesus.cam.ac.uk.

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