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Postgraduate Scholarships

Corpus Christi offers a series of postgraduate scholarships in multiple subject areas.

To be eligible for a Corpus Christi postgraduate scholarship you must indicate that you wish to be considered for funding when you apply for your course through the Postgraduate Applicant Portal (for details of this -- including deadlines -- see the 'Funding' section of the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website). Ensure you have applied by the funding deadline for your course.

There is no need to complete a separate application form for a Corpus scholarship. You will automatically be considered for any Corpus scholarship for which you are eligible if you apply for funding through the Postgraduate Applicant Portal by the funding deadline for your course. For some scholarships you also need to have been accepted by Corpus Christi College to be considered (see more details for each scholarship below). You are more likely to be accepted by Corpus if you name it as one of your college preferences; this will ensure that your application papers are passed on for consideration by the College if you receive an offer of admission by the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you name the College as your second preference your application will only be passed on to us if your first-choice college does not offer you membership.

For entry in October 2023, the College will offer the following PhD and master’s awards, all of which are expected to be offered in collaboration with Research Councils, the Cambridge Trust or other funding bodies:

Joint-funded Scholarships with Research Councils (all subjects)

For entry in October 2023 the College will offer two match-funded PhD awards, each of which will provide 50% of the total fees and maintenance costs of a full Research Council studentship. Applicants will need to be eligible for Home fee status. Eligible applicants in all subjects are automatically considered for these awards when they are evaluated by their respective Faculties and Departments. 

No additional application form is required, but applicants must apply for their University place by the funding deadline for their course, and should indicate on the Applicant Portal that they wish to be considered for funding. Priority will be given to applicants who have been offered membership of the College; this is more likely if an applicant selects Corpus Christi as their first choice College.

One of these scholarships is provided through the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Girdlers.

Postgraduate Scholarship in Classics

The College will make one postgraduate award to support a student reading for either an MPhil or a PhD in Classics or a closely related subject. The award will fund 50% of the costs of the course at the Home students’ rate for the duration of the course (9 months for the MPhil, or 3 years for the PhD), and will be offered in partnership with another funding body (e.g. the AHRC) to make up a full studentship at the Home Fee rate.

To be eligible, applicants should indicate they wish to be considered for funding via the Postgraduate Applicant Portal, and be offered membership of the College; this is more likely if an applicant selects Corpus Christi as their first choice College.

The Purvis/Brotherton Postgraduate Scholarship

This scholarship was set up in the memory of Thomas Brotherton, formerly a member of the College, and also to commemorate John Edward Purvis, a graduate of the College and Mayor of Cambridge in 1929.

The College will make one postgraduate award from the Purvis/Brotherton Fund, to support a student reading for either an MPhil or a PhD in Theology or a closely related subject. The award will fund 50% of the costs of the course at the Home students’ rate for the duration of the course (9 months for the MPhil, or 3 years for the PhD), and will be offered in partnership with another funding body (e.g. the AHRC), to make up a full studentship at the Home Fee rate.

To be eligible, applicants should indicate they wish to be considered for funding via the Postgraduate Applicant Portal, and be offered membership of the College; this is more likely if an applicant selects Corpus Christi as their first choice College.

The Michael Sharpston Master’s Scholarship

The College intends to offer one award that will cover the maintenance costs for a postgraduate student reading for a master’s degree in the Faculty of Economics or the Department of Politics and International Studies (including the Centre of African Studies, Centre of Development Studies, Centre of Latin American Studies, Centre of South Asian Studies, Centre for Gender Studies) or the Department of Land Economy who is either (i) a citizen of an African or Latin American country; or (ii) a first-generation university student.

To be eligible, applicants should indicate they wish to be considered for funding via the Postgraduate Applicant Portal. While priority will be given to applicants who have already been accepted by the College, those who have been accepted at another college may also be considered. The successful applicant will be required to take up membership of the College for their MPhil; this will involve a college transfer if the applicant has already been accepted at another college.

The Corpus Christi College and Judith E. Wilson MPhil Studentship in English

In partnership with the Faculty of English, and supported by the Faculty’s Judith E. Wilson Fund, this studentship will cover the University Composition Fee at the Home rate plus the standard UKRI-level maintenance award at the pro-rata rate for the period of the MPhil in English Studies (9 months). The studentship is aimed at students from under-represented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

All eligible Home students who are offered a place to study for the MPhil in English Studies and who have applied for funding via the Postgraduate Applicant Portal will be considered for the award. While there is no need to name Corpus Christi as a college preference, the successful applicant will be required to take up membership of the College for their MPhil; this will involve a college transfer if the applicant has already been accepted at another college.

The Zuloaga/Corpus Christi College Scholarship for Venezuelan Students

The College offers one full-fees PhD scholarship for a Venezuelan student in the sciences, who is nominated by the Venezuelan Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Interested students are invited to contact Dr Michael Sutherland (mls41@cam.ac.uk), the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Sciences, for further information on this funding. 

Need more funding information?

Please contact the College's Postgraduate Admissions office on +44 (0)1223 338038 or postgraduate-admissions@corpus.cam.ac.uk