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­­­Lucy Cavendish offers several academic scholarships, which are awarded competitively each year to Postgrad offer-holders by the College's Studentship & Awards Committee.


Awards with a 31 March deadline

Offer-holders must have an offer of a Postgrad place at Cambridge and a College offer from Lucy Cavendish prior to the deadline of 31 March in order to be eligible for consideration.  Eligible offer-holders are assessed by our Studentship & Awards Committee on the basis of their application to Cambridge, and offer-holders are notified of the outcome in late May.  We hold reserve lists for each award in case the original recipient is unable to accept.  Please note, the value of all awards may vary each year.

Some awards which the College co-offers with departments are specifically for part-time students.

Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation Scholarships will fully fund two international female students from non-traditional, low-income backgrounds studying Masters courses linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).  More information about the two Foundation Scholarships can be read here

GSK Scholarship A full Scholarship for an exceptional UK student from a non-traditional and low-income background to study for a one-year Masters degree at Cambridge University through membership of Lucy Cavendish. This Scholarship is for students studying Masters subjects related to Engineering, with a preference for Chemical Engineering, value £33,000.

The Malati Kanbur Award to support one Overseas student or two Home students studying a full-time MPhil in Population Health Sciences. The award is for one year and covers Tuition Fees (UCF) and Maintenance (living costs).

The Becker Studentship, for Law students following LLM and MCL degrees. The value of the Scholarship is around £3,000Please note the later deadline of 1 June for this award.

The Breaking Barriers Student Support Fund provides one Dominey Scholarship per year in support of a Postgraduate student. 

The Evelyn Povey Studentship for French Citizens and the Evelyn Povey Studentship in French Studies. Each award has a value in the region of £2,500.

The Masterman Braithwaite Studentship, for offer-holders in Linguistics. 

The Lord Frederick Cavendish Studentship, open to any offer-holder, value in the region of £4,500.

The Dorothy and Joseph Needham Studentship, for students in the sciences.

The American Friends Studentships, for students from the USA and Canada.

The Ernest Hecht Studentship to support mature female students from the UK, in any discipline, value in the region of £3,500.

The Commemorative Bursaries to support students in the Arts, value in the region of £3,000.

The Alumni Association Studentship available to current students continuing their studies at Lucy Cavendish.

The Salters Fellowship is to be awarded to a UK Chemistry (including Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry) graduate from a disadvantaged background undertaking a one year Masters degree at Lucy Cavendish College in a complementary subject including, but not limited to, engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical), artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science/information technology, data management and modern languages. The award is £10,000 for fees. The award is made possible thanks to the Worshipful Company of Salters and Lucy Cavendish College.

Awards offered in conjunction with a University department

Lucy Cavendish CCI Scholarship for the M.Phil in Conservation Leadership To support a full-time M.Phil in Conservation Leadership student, value £20,000, tenable at Lucy Cavendish College with preference given to offer-holders who select Lucy Cavendish as first choice in their application to Cambridge.  No application for this award is necessary: the Department of Geography will nominate offer-holders based on academic merit.

Faculty of History/Lucy Cavendish MPhil Studentship To support a nine month M.Phil student in the Faculty of History, covering the majority of fees and maintenance at Home rate, tenable at Lucy Cavendish College.  No application is necessary: the Faculty of History will nominate offer-holders based on academic merit.

Lucy Cavendish College Masters in Bioscience Enterprise Studentship The College is able to award one studentship of £10,000 or two studentships of £5,000 for 2024 entry. Offer-holders must select Lucy Cavendish as their first choice College and receive an offer to join the Masters in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) programme and an offer of College membership from Lucy Cavendish College.

The Leigh Stoeber Studentship for offer-holders of the MSt Social Innovation who apply to the CCSI (Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation) Studentships. This award is dedicated to the memory of our former Senior Tutor, Dr Leigh Stoeber, and has been made possible by the generosity of a donor to Lucy Cavendish College. The award is administered in partnership with the Judge Business School and offer-holders for this part-time M.St course have the opportunity to apply for the Leigh Stoeber Studentship if they receive a formal offer of a place on the course by the department deadline. Offer-holders will be provided with information about how to submit a studentship application by the M.St Social Innovation team, and must submit their application by the department deadline, usually in mid-May.

If you have any questions about any of the awards above please contact

Alternative sources of financial support

The University of Cambridge Postgrad Funding Search is available to all offer-holders to find funding opportunities which may be available to them.

The University offers travel grants for academic or research related activity, and you can contact the University’s Student Registry for more details on these. 

The Cambridge Trust also offers financial support to postgraduates. 

Other sources of support and advice may include: 

 Hawks' Charitable Trust for outstanding sportsmen and sportswomen 

 Instrumental Awards for talented musicians 

 Central Childcare Bursary Scheme for parents from the EU and overseas 

Support to enrich your Cambridge Experience 

Small grants are also available from Lucy Cavendish College for costs associated with: 

Travel, Research, Conferences, Language Courses and Careers- or Enterprise-focused Short Courses

Medical & Veterinary Electives 

Participating in elite Sport 

For current students interested in applying for support to enrich their Cambridge experience, please visit the Financial Support section of the members area of the College website.

If you are a prospective applicant wishing to study at Lucy Cavendish in the future, or an offer-holder, please contact our Admissions Team at for further information. 

Making the Most of Cambridge Fund

We know from experience that those who optimise their co- and extra-curricular activities at Cambridge go on to perform better at Tripos.

Thanks to the generosity of donors to our College, funding is available to enable you, as a student at Lucy Cavendish College, to ‘Make the Most of Cambridge’, enhancing your studies and ensuring you progress confidently in your chosen career, as well as benefitting your wellbeing.

The funding is available for:

  • Volunteering
  • Clubs & societies
  • Sports club or team memberships
  • Drama, dance, or music groups
  • Kit or equipment for the above clubs or societies
  • Social events
  • Other non-academic related activities

Please note that we will not fund:

  • Academic workshops
  • Field trips
  • Conferences
  • Travel for academic or research purposes

For these activities, please see the Optimising Students’ Futures Fund, or the Travel, Research & Conference Fund.

For more information and to apply please visit our Finance page, accessible to offer-holders and current students only using the link and log-in from their membership email from Lucy Cavendish.

Optimising Students' Futures Fund

Thanks to the generosity of donors during LucyGives Giving Week 2022, funding is available to enable you, as a student at Lucy Cavendish College, to ‘Optimise your future’, by gaining help towards the costs associated with work shadowing and internships. 

The funding is available for: 

  • Cost of living, accommodation and transport costs associated with work shadowing and internship opportunities  

Please note that this is a limited pot of funding and applications will be reviewed on a fortnightly, first come, first served basis until the funding runs out. 

For more information and to apply please visit this page, accessible to offer-holders and current students only using the link and log-in from their membership email from Lucy Cavendish.

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