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­­­Lucy Cavendish offers several academic studentships, which are awarded competitively each year to postgraduate offer-holders. 

College studentships 

If you have an offer of a postgraduate place in College from September 2022 you will automatically be considered for a studentship. In the event of there being two equally qualified candidates for an award, additional consideration will be given to those nominating the College as their first choice.  

The deadline for most of these studentships is 31 March 2022 and regrettably our Studentship & Awards Committee is not able to consider applications from those who are made an offer after this date. 

Unless otherwise indicated, our studentships are open to PhD or Master’s applicants in any subject. We consider postgraduate offer-holders for the studentships listed below (amounts shown are current and may vary in future):

  • The Lucy Cavendish-Trinity Global Health Studentship - annual scholarship to support an MPhil Population Health Sciences student.  Value £30,000, to cover fees and living costs for a Home student and the majority of fees for an Overseas student.  There is no specific MPhil PHS stream or research preference, but the applicant must select Lucy Cavendish as first choice College.

  • Lucy Cavendish College Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise Studentship. Value of £6,000 or £12,000. Candidates must select Lucy Cavendish as their first College choice. Candidates must have received an offer to join the Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) programme in October 2022 and an offer of membership at Lucy Cavendish College. Applications are made directly to the MBE administration team. For more information on how to apply please visit the Departmental website.

  • Lucy Cavendish College and CISL Sustainability Leadership Access Bursary. To be considered for the bursary, candidates must have applied to the Master’s through the standard admissions process, administered by the Institute of Continuing Education, and submitted a bursary application by email, no later than 31 January 2022. For more information on how to apply please visit the Departmental website.

  • The Becker Studentship, for Law students following LLM and MCL degrees. The current value of the Scholarship is around £3,000.  Deadline 1 June 2022.

  • 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 has a value of around £2,500.

  • The Masterman Braithwaite Studentship, for students of Linguistics. 

  • The Lord Frederick Cavendish Studentship, open to any student. Value around £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 around £3,500.

  • The Commemorative Bursaries to support students in the Arts. Value around £3,000.

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

  • 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 much loved former Senior Tutor, Dr Leigh Stoeber. It has been made possible by the generosity of a donor to Lucy Cavendish College and is administered in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School. M.St Social Innovation offer-holders have the opportunity to apply for the Leigh Stoeber Studentship once they have received a formal offer of a place on the MSt Social Innovation programme, the application deadline for which is the 31 March 2022. Successful applicants to the programne will be given information on how to submit their studentship application by the MSt in Social Innovation team. The deadline for the studentship application is 30 May 2022.

You will be automatically considered for the studentships above if you receive an offer of membership from Lucy Cavendish by 31 March 2022.  Successful offer-holders for the above studentships will be notified in the second half of May, and no later than 31 May 2022. 

The EXCEPTIONS to this are the Leigh Stoeber Studentship which is administered by the Judge Business School, the Lucy Cavendish College Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise Studentship which is administered by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and the Lucy Cavendish College and CISL Sustainability Leadership Access Bursary which is administered by the Institute of Continuing Education (see above for detailed information).

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Alternative sources of financial support 

You can search here ( to find funding opportunities which may be available to you at the University of Cambridge. 

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: 

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 during Giving Week 2020, 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.

The funding is available for:

  • Co-curricular activities, such as taking part in subject-focused societies, academic conferences or field trips.
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities including volunteering, professional workshops, short career- and enterprise-related courses, boot-camps, sports teams (including subscription fees and/or sports kits), drama or music groups and other societies.

For more information and to apply please visit our Finance page.

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