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PhD (Overseas Students)


Overseas students will often need to raise their own funding to support their PhD studentship, but do not be deterred from applying, as the University can provide plenty of guidance on funding opportunities:

Further information on specific scholarships that our applicants typically apply for:

  • Cambridge Trust Scholarships
    Highly-competitive full-cost awards that are available to all students, irrespective of nationality. Closing date for all applicants is early December. Use their Scholarship Search to find the right funding for you.
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships
    Highly-competitive full-cost awards open to students from every country of the world (except the United Kingdom) who wish to study in Cambridge. Closing date for applicants from the USA is mid-October. Closing date for applicants from other countries is early December. Read the Apply pages for more information, in particular the Ideal Candidate page—perhaps make sure that your referees are also aware of what Gates are looking for (i.e., a commitment to improving lives and leadership).

For 2019/20, the estimated financial commitment for an overseas student studying for a PhD in Earth Sciences is £29,343 for fees and £14,100 for maintenance per year. Visit the Graduate Admissions Finance pages for up-to-date details on the cost of Cambridge Graduate courses.

International Admissions

Useful links for international students, regarding admissions:

If you have any questions, please contact our .