Student Support

Girton stands by the principle that every bright, ambitious individual who has the ability to secure a place should have the opportunity to study here: to enjoy a residential learning experience that is the envy of the world. It should not matter who they are, where they come from, or how much they can afford. Gifts towards our Student Support Funds make sure every promising scholar is supported to realise their potential.

Undergraduate Bursaries

Since its Foundation, Girton has opened its doors to people with exceptional academic talent, from all backgrounds and circumstances. Today, excellence in diversity is still at the forefront of Girton’s educational mission. Last academic year, almost 70% of our UK undergraduate student intake came from the state and maintained sector; overall, 37 nationalities were represented and 125 students were from minority ethnic communities. With over 500 undergraduates, one in four received a bursary and the real cost of educating every home student was subsidised by up to 50%.

Girton’s endowment is fully stretched and is not yet able to cover this; growing that endowment is key to sustaining an adequate level of student support and meeting some important strategic aims.

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni in supporting Undergraduate Bursaries, we are over half way to our goal to fund 20 undergraduate bursaries at a cost of £87,500 each.

Graduate Research Scholarships

Girton’s strategic objectives include a leading role in the University’s plans to expand the postgraduate offer (both Masters and PhD) over the next five years. There is global demand from and for those talented scholars with higher degrees. In 2018 Girton became the first College to acquire a footing in the University’s new urban-academic community at Eddington, by moving into a purpose-built graduate complex —Swirles Court —just a short distance from College.

To fill it with first-rate students, it is essential to fund their work (and of course, help them meet the cost of living). Postgraduate scholarships are one of the most urgent funding needs in British higher education today. We need your help to attract the best students in the world to the cutting edge at Cambridge, and to the inspirational environment at Girton. Even a partial scholarship can help Girton form a gateway to a host of other funding opportunities, and to a transformational educational scene.

Class Gifts

After a successful pilot of the ‘Class Gift’ idea with alumni of 1985 and 1990, we have extended this to other year groups (seven more underway so far!). Groups of contemporaries can get together to fund a bursary, graduate scholarship or other project – the choice is yours.

Mark Hanson, (1985, History) is a member of Girton’s Campaign Board and Champion for the Class Gift initiative. He comments, ‘It has been inspiring to see Girton’s ambitious and thoughtful plans and meet some incredibly talented students at the College. The Class of ’85 gift is a great way for our year to come together to support deserving students as part of Girton’s future plans.’

‘It has always been my ambition to study at Cambridge and I feel very fortunate to have been able to attend Girton College. The financial support of the Bursary scheme has been invaluable’ says George Cowperthwaite (2016, Mathematics) ‘Put simply’ he adds ‘without bursaries, we wouldn’t be here’

Download further details here.

Please contact Deborah or Tamsin on if you are interested in being involved in helping your year group to help talented students in need.

Please see our giving page for information on other student support funds.

Contact Information

Development Office
t: +44 (0)1223 766672

Girton College,
Huntingdon Road,
Charity Number 1137541