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Application Routes and Funding


The routes by which candidates can apply to undertake graduate studies in the Department of Pathology are:


Research Council and Departmental Studentships

You can apply for specific studentships advertised by the Department of Pathology with a named supervisor – see our Fully-funded Departmental studentships page for more details. These studentships are advertised in autumn usually for entry in October of the following academic year.

Applications should be made via the Applicant Portal and are available to UK nationals and EU students.


3- and 4-year PhD Programmes

The Department participates in numerous PhD Programmes:

  • Cambridge Cancer Centre (3 year PhD) applications open to UK, EU and Non-EU students.
  • Cambridge MRC Doctoral Training Programme (3 year PhD) full funding for UK National and UK Residents and partial funding for Other European Economic Area (EEA) Applicants
  • The Wellcome Trust Programme in Infection Immunity & Inflammation (1+3 year MRes+PhD) funding offered at the home/EU rate but international students can apply and will need to gain additional funding to bridge the gap between home/EU and overseas fees
  • The Wellcome Trust/MRC Programme in Stem Cell Biology (1+3 year MRes+PhD) funding offered at the home/EU rate but international students can apply and will need to gain additional funding to bridge the gap between home/EU and overseas fees
  • BBSRC PhD Programme in Biosciences (4 year PhD) UK and EEA students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full BBSRC studentship. Students from EEA countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.
  • Gates Cambridge provides scholarships to outstanding applicants from outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree (PhD and MPhil scholarships available)
  • NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualised doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers, open to US citizens.

These programmes should be applied to directly.


Other Studentships

Available by contacting a potential supervisor from the Research Group Leaders list with a view to undertaking a research project. This route requires the student to either fund themselves for the duration of the research, or to obtain studentships/scholarships from other funding sources. More information on funding support for graduate students can be found on the Graduate Admissions website, including the Graduate Funding Competition.

Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust is the largest provider of funding for international students at Cambridge. Working with partners worldwide, the Trust awards approximately 500 scholarships annually, and supports between 1100 and 1400 students in residence each year. Use the Trust's Scholarship search to see the range of scholarships for which you are eligible.

There may also be funding opportunities from your home country.

You must identify a supervisor who will support your application prior to applying. Applications should be made via the Applicant Portal.


Funding Search

There are several external websites or publications providing a ‘funding search’. Some of the most prominent are listed below:

  • The ‘Cambridge Funding Search’ publicises awards available for current and prospective students.
  • provides advice and listings for scholarships, grants and loans from UK and global sources.
  • PostgraduateFunding provides information on top-up grants, travel bursaries, exchange programme funding, living cost grants and master's funding.
  • FindAMasters and FindAPhD award £12,000 in scholarships to prospective students each year.
  • Scholarships for development is a listing of international scholarships that are open to students from developing countries and international students in general.