Contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office for more details, including application deadlines for your academic year.

List of studentships

Alf Monk Graduate Studentship in English

Angharad Dodds John Bursary in Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry

​Glynn Jones Scholarship in Business and Management

John Maples America Fund

John Whitworth Masters Studentship in Geography

Lander Studentships for Research in Preventive Medicine

Oon Khye Beng Ch'Hia Tsio Studentships for Research in Preventative Medicine

Treherne Studentships in Biological Sciences

Parke Davis Studentship in Biological Sciences

Ralph Lewin - F E Fritsch Prize Studentship in Phycology

Robson Postgraduate Studentships in Electrical Sciences

Stephen Fleet Scholarships


Alf Monk Graduate Studentship in English

Applications are invited annually for the Alf Monk Studentship from students wishing to undertake a Graduate course in English at Downing in the University of Cambridge.

One Studentship, worth £5,000, is available to contribute towards the cost of University and College Fees. Candidates should be, or intend to become, members of Downing College and must be seeking registration as Graduate Students with a view to reading a Graduate course in the University of Cambridge for the duration of the Studentship.

Applications must be submitted online.  For further details, please view the Studentship informationPlease note, this fund will not open for applications in 2017.


Angharad Dodds John Bursary in Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry

Applications are invited annually for the Angharad Dodds John Bursary from graduate students undertaking a PhD in the general field of Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry.  One Bursary worth £12,500 is available to support a graduate student's residence in Cambridge in order to undertake further research and scholarship, with a view to publication of their research findings.  The Bursary can only be taken up following submission of the candidate's PhD.  Applications must be submitted online by Monday 29 May 2017.  For further details, please view the Bursary informationThe 2017 competition is now open for applications. 


Glynn Jones Scholarship in Business and Management

Applications are invited annually for a Glynn Jones Scholarship from current Downing students and alumni wishing to further their education for careers in the fields of business and management.

Scholarships are normally only available to cover the cost or part-cost of courses offered at Cambridge University as well as other institutions in this country or abroad of not more than two years' duration.

The value of a Scholarship is linked to the course fees, travel costs and maintenance expenses associated with the course for which the scholarship is awarded. Consequently, each applicant is means tested and takes into account the financial resources of the applicant, including any other scholarships or bursaries that have been awarded or any applications pending.

Scholarship applications for courses beginning not earlier than the September of any given calendar year must be received not later than 2 June of that calendar year, although later applications may sometimes be considered if sufficient funds remain unallocated.

Eligible courses are those which will help to equip applicants for successful careers in management or business. Such courses will most often be specifically designed management training courses leading to the MBA or a qualification of equivalent standing, but those applying for any one or two year postgraduate course with a high management or business training content will also be considered for a scholarship.

Applications must be submitted online by Friday 2 June 2017.  For further details, please view the Scholarship information and competition rules.  The 2017 competition is now open for applications.


John Maples America Fund

The John Maples America Fund will support the travel and maintenance costs for Downing students, whether undergraduate, graduate or just graduated during a summer placement, internship or other vocational study project that takes place in the United States.

The student plan must be in the broad areas of politics, international relations, law, business or non-governmental organisations.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate that the salary (if applicable) or other sources of financial support are insufficient to cover their financial needs in the States.

Applications must be submitted online by Monday 13 March 2017.  For further details, please view the Scholarship information and competition rulesThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.


John Whitworth Master's Studentship in Chemistry and Geography

One fully-funded Studentship is available annually to fund a Master's year at Downing College.

The Whitworth Fund has been set up to help a Downing Graduate to break into research. Applications are invited from current students and alumni wishing to undertake a Master's Course in Geography.

Candidates must have fulfilled the requirements of an Undergraduate degree at Cambridge University as members of Downing College by the start date of the course for which the award is to be made.

The Studentship will cover the cost of University and College composition fees and will provide a maintenance allowance.

Applications must be submitted online by 12.00 noon on Tuesday 15 August 2017.  For further details, please view the Studentship information.  The 2017 competition will open for applications in July.


Oon Khye Beng Ch'Hia Tsio and Percy Lander Studentships for Research in Preventative Medicine

At least one studentship worth £2,000 (Oon) or £1,500 (Percy Lander) a year, tenable for up to two years, subject to a satisfactory annual report by the recipient, for research in the fields of Medicine and Biological Sciences is offered by Downing College.


Treherne Studentships in Biological Sciences

The Governing Body invite applications for a Treherne Studentship in Biological Sciences.

This studentship is supported by the John Treherne Fund established in memory of John Treherne and his achievements. Dr Treherne, who passed away in 1989, was a Fellow and President of Downing College.

At least one studentship worth £1,500 a year, tenable for up to two years, subject to a satisfactory annual report by the recipient, is offered by Downing College.

Requirements

Candidates must be registered for the PhD Degree in the University of Cambridge and should be entering the second or third year of their PhD studies. The award of a studentship is conditional upon the recipient becoming a member of Downing College if not already a member.

Applicants who are not members of Downing will be asked for a letter of support from their College.  Please note, these awards are not intended to fund the writing up of theses or unfunded fourth or fifth years.  No student may hold or have held at any time both a Treherne Studentship and an Oon Khye Beng Ch'Hia Tsio or Lander Studentship.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted online by 12.00 noon on Monday 7 August 2017.  Interviews are held in late September.  For further details, please view the Studentship informationThe 2017 competition is now open for applications.


Parke Davis Studentship

The Parke Davis Studentship is open to American students wishing to undertake research in Biological Sciences.

The sum of £5,000 is available to contribute towards the cost of University and College Fees. Candidates should be, or intend to become, members of Downing College and must be seeking registration as Graduate Students with a view to reading for the PhD Degree in the University of Cambridge.

To apply, candidates must upload a Curriculum Vitae, statement of research (not exceeding 600 words) and the names of two referees as part of an online submission. Applications are invited annually by 12 noon on 10 August and interviews held in late September.

However, the availability of this Studentship is dependent upon funding levels and may not be open to applications in a particular academic year. Therefore, please contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office before applying.

Applications must be submitted online by Monday 7 August 2017.  For further details, please view the Studentship informationThe 2017 competition is now open for applications.


Ralph Lewin - F E Fritsch Prize Studentship

A Studentship for research in the field of phycology (the study of algae) is jointly offered by Downing College and the Department of Plant Sciences from October 2014.

The Studentship is normally tenable for up to three years, subject to a satisfactory annual report by the recipient's Research Supervisor, in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

The award of a Studentship is conditional upon the recipient becoming a member of Downing College, if not already a member, for the duration of the Studentship and must be registered for the PhD Degree in the University of Cambridge.

All College and University Fees are paid on behalf of the holder, as well as a contribution towards research expenses and a living allowance, which is determined annually by the Electors according to amounts recommended by the BBSRC.

Please note, this fund will not open for applications in 2017.  For further information please contact the Administrator by email.


Robson Postgraduate Studentships in Electrical Sciences

Studentships up to a maximum of £11,000 to contribute towards the cost of University and College Fees are available annually to students wishing to undertake a Postgraduate course in Electrical Sciences at Downing College.

Candidates should be, or intend to become, members of Downing College and must be seeking registration as Graduate Students with a view to reading a Postgraduate course in the University of Cambridge for the duration of the Studentship.

Applications must be submitted online by 12.00 noon on Tuesday 15 August 2017.  For further details, please view the Studentship information.  The 2017 competition will open for applications in July.


Stephen Fleet Scholarships

These scholarships were created in memory of Dr Stephen Fleet, former Registrary of the University and Master of Downing College.

Two scholarships for graduate study are offered each year at Downing College: one for a student from countries of the Commonwealth under the aegis of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and one for a student from countries outside the Commonwealth offered by the Cambridge Overseas Trust.

The value of the awards, which may be up to full-cost, will be determined in the light of the candidates' individual circumstances, in line with all Trusts' awards for which the candidate may be eligible to apply.

Awards are made automatically as part of the Cambridge Trusts' application process.


Data Protection

The College uses an online application system to process submissions for the majority of its studentships as listed above.

By proceeding with an online application, the applicant is acknowledging and agreeing that the College is permitted to process personal data and sensitive personal data about them in connection with their application in accordance with the College's registration under the Data Protection Act 1998.

This clause applies to information held, used or disclosed in any medium. Please refer to the College's Data Protection Policy should further information be required.