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Corpus Christi College University of Cambridge


All graduate students offered a place at Corpus are automatically considered for any award for which they are eligible. There is no need to apply separately – we receive the financial section from your University application form.

Studying for a PhD

Corpus awards research scholarships and bursaries to PhD students in all subjects. They vary in value but are usually for three years and offered in collaboration with other funding bodies or University departments. We take part in various University funding schemes and often provide 50% of awards made to Corpus Christi members, up to a value of £12,000.

For 2017-18 entry Corpus is funding three shared PhD doctoral training awards in partnership with the AHRC, BBSRC and ESRC respectively.

Alec Dyson PhD in Engineering

For 2017 entry the James Dyson Foundation is offering a PhD studentship in Engineering at Corpus. This covers university and college fees, a maintenance income (standard minimum research council rate) and a large research expenses fund – totalling £25,000 per year for three years.

Candidates for this award don’t need to make a separate application but must meet the James Dyson Foundation objectives. They should have strong communication skills and be keen to pass on their passion for UK engineering to the next generation.

Residents of EU countries who receive fees-only awards from other funding bodies (such as research councils) are eligible for a scholarship towards maintenance costs. Awards to PhD students not resident in the EU are usually made together with the Cambridge Trusts.

The Bragg, Allen and McCrum Scholarships

As part of the Cambridge Australia scholarship programme we offer full PhD scholarships to support outstanding Australian scholars for three years at Cambridge. Each year we offer one of these three awards to a successful candidate accepted by Corpus Christi.

To apply, use the scholarships section of the University’s graduate application form and please include Corpus as one of your College choices.

One-year course scholarships

Bursaries are open to students in all subjects. They are often made in collaboration with other funding bodies and vary in value.

In 2016-17, under the joint Newton/Colleges master’s scheme, Corpus funded three half-research master’s awards valued at £6000 and matched by £6000 from the Newton Trust.

We are also part-funding two full master’s awards along with the Cambridge Trusts and relevant University Departments and Faculties. For 2017-18 entry we expect to offer a total of £50,000 of master’s funding, including three joint Newton Trust/Corpus awards.

Cambridge Australia Master’s Scholarships

This programme aims to foster candidates’ intellectual, ethical and spiritual life to help them become effective leaders in the community. Each scholarship lasts one year and covers half of the costs (University fees, College fees and maintenance) of a coursework master’s degree.

They are designed to encourage candidates to co-fund their studies from other sources, such as other scholarships, employment income, business or club sponsorship, or support from family and friends. 

For 2016-17 we awarded two Cambridge Australia Allen scholarships to Corpus students taking master’s courses. To apply, use the scholarships section of the University’s graduate application form and please include Corpus as one of your College choices.

Need more funding information?

To learn more about the costs of postgraduate studies, please contact the Tutor for Advanced Students on 01223 338038 or