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Fees and funding for Postgraduates

Planning for the costs involved in studying at Cambridge

Fee Information

University composition fees are listed on the University website.  Not all courses cost the same, and it is important to make sure you have identified any additional costs associated with your specific course.  It's also important to identify the maintenance amount recommended for your course of study and be sure to include that in your budgeting.  

The University Composition Fee is collected by the College, along with any living costs incurred in College (rental of College accommodation, food purchased from College outlets). Students are responsible for paying their tuition fees and living costs on time. They receive a bill at the start of each term and at the start of the long vacation informing them what they have to pay.

Funding and Loans 

  • Information about university funding opportunities, including a funding search tool, can be found here
  • There are government Student loans available to Postgraduate Students - see detailed information here.

Funding for Prospective Girton Postgraduates

At Girton, we strive for academic excellence and widening participation.  The college is pleased to offer a wide range of competitive scholarships that support postgraduate students to pursue outstanding academic research.

Through generous donations from alumni and legacies, Girton College is able to offer a wide range of partially and fully funded scholarships to prospective students.

Girton College's Postgraduate Research Funds are available to prospective students only, and may be applied for via the University's Graduate Applicant Portal (GAP).  Funding deadlines, depending on the course applied for, are either 1 December or 5 January.  Applicants wishing to be considered for any of the Girton Scholarships need to tick 'Yes, I wish to apply for funding' on the 'Funding your study' page of the GAP, then ticking any scholarships you wish to apply for when those that you are eligible for appear.  There is no need to complete a separate application form.  

Applicants are welcome to name Girton as first or second choice college but it is not an eligibility criteria. A condition of all the Girton awards is that successful candidates would become members of Girton College.

For information, including how to access deadlines, please see this section of the University’s Postgraduate Admissions website. Please make sure to apply by the funding deadline of your chosen course. 

Scholarships

All subject areas

  • The Girton Postgraduate Research Scholarships are open to all postgraduate applicants in any subject. The award will be offered for the duration of the course. For 2023 entry 4 scholarships between £11,000 - £16,000 per year will be available.
  • The Joyce Biddle Scholarship is open to all postgraduate applicants in any subject. The award will be offered for the duration of the course and is worth £14,000 per year.
  • The Irene Hallinan Scholarship is open to all postgraduate applicants in any subject. The award will be offered for the duration of the course and is worth £10,000 per year.
  • The Chan and Mok Scholarship is open to postgraduate applicants who are permanent residents of Hong Kong and with preference to those who have studied at schools affiliated to Po Leung Kuk. The scholarship is worth £10,000 and is available to applicants wishing to pursue a one-year master’s course in any subject. 
  • The Hong Kong Founder's Scholarship is open to postgraduate applicants in any subject who are permanent residents of Hong Kong.  The award is offered for the duration of the course and is worth £10,000 per year.  This scholarship is not available for 2023 entry.  
  • The Girton Singapore Scholarship is available to students who are permanent residents of Singapore. The award is offered for the duration of the course and is worth approximately £10,000 per year.  
  • The Maria Luisa de Sanchez Scholarship is open to postgraduate applicants in any subject who are of Venezuelan nationality. The award will be offered for the duration of the course and is worth £27,000 per year.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • The Doris Woodall Scholarship is open to postgraduate applicants wishing to undertake study in the area of Economics or an allied subject. The scholarship is worth £10,000 and is available to applicants pursuing a one-year master’s course.
  • The Ruth Whaley Scholarship is open to postgraduate applicants of non-EU/non-UK citizenship wishing to undertake study in an Arts or Linguistics subject. The scholarship is worth £6,000 and is available to applicants pursuing a one-year master’s course.
  • The Doris Russell Scholarship is open to postgraduate applicants wishing to undertake study in the area of English. The award will be offered for the duration of the course and is worth £4,000 per year. This scholarship is not available for 2023 entry.  
  • The Anne and Caroline Wilson & Rhona Beare Scholarship is open to postgraduate applicants wishing to undertake study in the area of Classics. The award will be offered for the duration of the course and is worth £6,000 per year.

STEM and Medicine

  • The Dinah James Scholarship is open to postgraduate applicants wishing to undertake study in an aspect of Tropical Medicine or related Global Health fields.  The award will be offered for the duration of the course and is worth £9,000 per year.

Partner-funded Studentships

Girton partners with other University Departments, Faculties and Institutions to co-fund a number of postgraduate studentships. Applications should be made via the GAP and as detailed by our partner funders. The initial selection process for all the listed awards is managed by our partners and not the college. Applications need to be submitted by the relevant course funding deadline and a condition of these co-funded awards is that successful candidates become members of Girton College.

Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP & Pamela Thayer Girton
In collaboration with the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership (OOC DTP) Girton College is pleased to offer one co-funded AHRC PhD studentship for entry in 2023. Studentships are available in all AHRC-designated arts and humanities subject areas and when applying for study through the Graduate Applicant Portal, applicants must indicate that they would like to be considered for AHRC funding via the University of Cambridge.  Detailed information about this studentship can be found here.

Herchel Smith Research Studentship & Rosalie Crawford Girton
In collaboration with the Herchel Smith Fund, Girton College is pleased to offer one co-funded ‘Herschel Smith Research Studentship & Rosalie Crawford Girton’ for entry in 2023. Students are selected within the broad area of Life Sciences.  Detailed information about this studentship can be found here.

Cambridge Opportunity & Rosalie Crawford Girton Studentship
In collaboration with the Cambridge Trust Opportunity Studentships programme, Girton College is pleased to offer three co-funded studentships for entry in 2023. Cambridge Opportunity Studentships are for Masters students from low-income households with experience of educational disadvantage who will be charged University fees at the Home or UK rate.  Applications should be made the usual way. The criteria for selection for Cambridge Trust Opportunity Studentships are detailed here.

Rowan Williams Cambridge & Rosalie Crawford Girton Studentship
In collaboration with the Cambridge Trust Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship programme, Girton College is pleased to offer one co-funded PhD studentship for entry in 2023. The Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship supports students who face severe barriers in coming to study in Cambridge.  Applicants should be from an area of instability or zone of conflict and, or have been, at risk of discrimination, persecution, suffering, violence or other abuse of their human rights.  Detailed information about this studentship can be found here.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) DTP & Rosalie Crawford Girton Studentship (not available for 2023 entry) 
In collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) DTP Girton College offers one co-funded PhD studentship. Studentships are available in all ESRC-designated subject areas and when applying for study through the Graduate Applicant Portal, applicants must indicate that they would like to be considered for ESRC DTP funding via the University of Cambridge.

For further enquires please contact postgraduate.office@girton.cam.ac.uk.  

Awards for Girton Students Only

  • The Stribling Award is open to Girton students who are already members of the College, namely undergraduates coming into postgraduate status or current MPhil students who are going on to a PhD. Two or three individual awards of £1,200 each will be made, and they will normally be held in addition to a studentship or any other funding for fees and maintenance.
  • The Diane Worzala award is open to students researching any subject with a historical theme, although preference will be given to research in the field of British Women’s History. It is for research and general expenses in the region of £600.

 

Scholarships and Awards

Girton offers a range of financial support to all students

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