Some options for obtaining funding are given on this page. See Cambridge Funding Search for details of other awards that are available.
We recommend that you apply for all funding for which you are eligible. Do not wait for the outcome of one application before submitting other applications.
Please note that the Department has no general funds to help students meet the costs of fees and maintenance.
- AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
- Cambridge Trust
- College Studentships
- Gates Cambridge Scholarships
- Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Studentships
- Wellcome Trust Awards in Medical Humanities
- Other sources of funding
AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
The Arts and Humanities Research Council offers awards for PhD study to students from the UK and European Union. A full studentship, which covers all fees and a maintenance allowance, is offered to those meeting UK residency criteria; EU nationals resident in the EEA may be eligible for a fees-only studentship.
To be eligible for an AHRC award, you must submit your graduate application by 4 January 2017. Make sure you enter 'AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership' in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal.
You must also complete a separate AHRC application form, which is available from the website below, and upload it to your self-service account by 11 January 2017. On this form you will need to write a 500-word research proposal. This is not the same as the proposal that you include in your graduate application: see the website below for an explanation of what to include in the proposal.
The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust offers scholarships to students from overseas, the European Union and the UK for MPhil and PhD study. These include the Cambridge International Scholarship (for overseas PhD students), the Vice-Chancellor's Awards (for PhD students from the UK and EU) and the Newton College Scholarship (for UK MPhil students).
To apply for Cambridge Trust funding you must indicate in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal that you wish to be considered for funding. Some scholarships offered by the Cambridge Trust require you to make an additional application: see the Trust's website for details.
If you are an overseas applicant you will need to submit your graduate application by 7 December 2016 to be eligible for Cambridge Trust funding. If you are from an EU country, including the UK, the deadline is 4 January 2017.
The Colleges offer some studentships to their own students or to applicants who select that College as their first choice. See Cambridge Funding Search or each College's website to find out what is available.
- Churchill College: MPhil Studentships in the Arts and Humanities
- Trinity College: Tarner Studentship in the Philosophy of Science or the History of Scientific Ideas
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
The Gates Cambridge Trust offers scholarships to students from overseas and the European Union (excluding the UK) for MPhil and PhD study.
To apply, complete the funding application section of the Applicant Portal, including a 500-word personal statement. You must also submit a personal reference.
You will need to submit your graduate application earlier than the usual deadline to be eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The deadline for US citizens normally resident in the USA is 12 October 2016; for citizens of all other countries (except the UK) and US citizens normally resident outside the USA (including current MPhil students applying to continue to the PhD) the deadline is 7 December 2016.
Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Studentships
The Department of History and Philosophy of Science will automatically consider all applicants for graduate studies in HPS for trust fund maintenance awards. Assessment will be based on information provided in the Applicant Portal. The number of awards made in any year will be conditional on previous commitments and income generated by the fund. Initial offers of funding will be made in February each year, and awards will continue to be allocated until the application deadline has been reached, or all the available funding has been committed.
Wellcome Trust Awards in Medical Humanities
Wellcome Master's Awards
The University is able to put forward one candidate each year for a Wellcome Master's award. Awards pay a stipend and all compulsory University and College fees at the UK home graduate student level only. Applicants should have a minimum of an excellent upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Funded students will be expected to write two essays and the dissertation in history, philosophy or ethics of medicine, broadly understood to include life sciences and public health. Strong preference is given to applicants intending to go on to a PhD in this area.
The Department is responsible for nominations. Applicants should indicate their interest in an award by entering 'Wellcome Master's Award' in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal.
Wellcome Doctoral Studentships
Awards pay a stipend, a set amount to cover conference travel, research expenses and, where justified, the cost of overseas fieldwork travel, as well as all compulsory University and College fees at the UK home graduate student level. Fees at the overseas rate will not be provided. Awards enable scholars to undertake up to three years of full-time research on a history, philosophy or ethics of medicine topic leading to a doctoral degree. Strong preference is given to applicants intending to make a long-term academic career in the subject.
Applicants should hold a Master's in medical humanities or a Master's with strong emphasis on medical humanities. (If specialist language skills are essential to undertake the research, a Master's in the language required may be acceptable.) The proposed project must fall within the history, philosophy or ethics of medicine, broadly understood. If you are not sure whether or not your interest falls within the scheme, you are strongly advised to discuss it with a prospective supervisor. The application must be sponsored by a senior member of the Department, who would supervise the student if an award were made, and must be submitted through the Department. Prospective applicants should note that only a very small number of doctoral studentships is awarded each year and that competition for them is intense.
The Department is responsible for nominating applicants. If you would like to be nominated, please contact the Department no later than 4 January 2017 and enter 'Wellcome Doctoral Studentship' in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal.
Other sources of funding
British Society for the Philosophy of Science
The British Society for the Philosophy of Science offers one PhD scholarship each year.
British Society for the History of Science
The British Society for the History of Science offers up to four bursaries each year to support students taking a master's degree.
Cambridge Philosophical Society
The Cambridge Philosophical Society awards research studentships, either to provide for the continuation of an exceptionally promising piece of research beyond the usual standard of the PhD, or to allow extra time for the completion of a PhD thesis which has been delayed by circumstances outside the applicant's control. Applicants must be fellows of the Society of at least one year's standing.
Royal Historical Society
The Royal Historical Society offers a number of research grants for those undertaking postgraduate research. Funds are available to subsidise attendance at conferences and training courses, and to help defray the costs of archival visits.
PhD Completion Grants
The Department of History and Philosophy of Science will consider applications for PhD completion grants of up to £2,500 from PhD students registered in the Department. Students should apply by 1 October, just before they start their 10th term, providing a PhD submission plan that includes an outline of the thesis and estimated completion date. The application should also include a letter of support from the PhD supervisor.
John Forrester and Lisa Appignanesi Travel and Research Expenses Fund
Graduate students in the Department can apply for travel or research expenses grants of up to £150 a year to help with the cost of conducting research on their dissertation. These travel grants are primarily aimed at PhD students but are sometimes available to support MPhil students. Please send an email to the Department's administrative staff – in advance of any financial commitment being made – to ask for permission to use these funds. Once you have received confirmation you can claim reimbursement by submitting an expenses claim form with receipts. Funding for research expenses and/or travel is sometimes available through Colleges, so students should check with their College before applying for this funding.
Conference Travel Grants
Graduate students in the Department can apply for up to £150 a year to help with the cost of travel to conferences where they are giving a paper (not for attendance only). These travel grants are primarily aimed at PhD students but are sometimes available to support MPhil students. Please send an email to the Department's administrative staff in advance of the conference to ask for permission to use these funds. Once you have received confirmation you can claim reimbursement by submitting an expenses claim form with receipts. Funding for conferences is sometimes available through Colleges, so students should check with their College before drawing on this funding.
Students experiencing hardship should consult their College tutor for advice about sources of funding for which they may be eligible. In addition, the Student Registry administers research awards for PhD students who experience hardship as a result of unforeseen changes in their financial circumstances.
Managers of the Department's Williamson, Rausing and Lipton Trust Funds are willing to consider applications out of cycle from genuine hardship cases, as long as the applicant can demonstrate that they have approached all other available sources.