Scholarships and Bursaries

The College has substantial funding to enable the best students to come to or continue in Cambridge for postgraduate study. Part of this funding is being used by the College in joining the University in exciting new schemes of matched funding. The College also offers a number of additional awards. All awards are to be held at Pembroke College and all candidates are expected to apply for all other funding for which they are eligible.

Pembroke Graduate Awards are conditional on the selected students being admitted as a registered Graduate Student by the Board of Graduate Studies with effect from 1 October each academic year.


Joint awards with the University

MPhil awards
  • The College is offering 2 Newton/CHSS Pembroke MPhil studentships (total value of each £12,000/each). These awards are available to Home/EU students. Applications should be made via the GRADSAF.
    Deadline 4 January 2017
  • The Davis McCaughey Scholarship (restricted to Australian Nationals). Further details available here.
PhD awards
  • The College is contributing towards the cost of 5 AHRC funded awards, 2 of which will be in History of Art (Lander Studentship). Eligibility criteria are available here. Applications should be made via the GRADSAF.
    ***Deadline 4 January 2018***
  • The College is contributing towards the cost of 3 ESRC funded awards. Eligibility criteria are available here. Applications should be made via the GRADSAF.
    ***Deadline 4 January 2017***
  • The Jo Cox Ph.D Studentship
    Jo Cox, MP and alumna of Pembroke College was murdered in June 2016 whilst holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire.  To honour the memory of Jo the College has raised funds for a Jo Cox Ph.D studentship in Migration Studies, broadly conceived.  Jo Cox was passionate about the plight of refugees fleeing conflict and other terrible human hardships around the world. It is hoped that by establishing this PhD studentship the successful candidate will make a significant contribution to our understanding of migration.
    There will be opportunity for the successful candidate to play an active role in the Cambridge University Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement (which includes the Cambridge Migration Research Network); this is a highly interdisciplinary, virtual centre working across a number of departments, including Sociology, Modern Languages, Political and International Studies (POLIS), Criminology, Law, Geography, and History.
    The studentship will cover fees and maintenance at the Home/EU rate for a period of three years, and will be tenable at Pembroke College.  It is expected that the successful candidate will score highly in the University’s admissions assessment process allowing the scholar to receive partnership funding from another funding body within the University (including the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership or AHRC DTP via nominations from relevant departments). Applicants must indicate that they wish to be considered for University funding.
    The funding deadline is course specific so please check the course directory to see if the funding deadline for your chosen Ph.D programme is 6th December 2017 or 4th January 2018.
  • The Boustany Scholarship in Astronomy. Further details available here.
  • Boustany Cambridge Pembroke Scholarship in Philosophy.  Jointly funded by the Boustany Foundation, Cambridge Trusts and Pembroke this Scholarship covers University tuition fees and an annual stipend (sufficient for a single person).  The scholarship is only tenable at Pembroke College, and is offered every three years to a PhD applicant in Philosophy (the first scholarship will be awarded in 2018-19).  Scholars are required to spend a 2-month internship at the Boustany Foundation (expenses relating to the internship are covered).  No additional application is required for this scholarship, only the normal application to the University of Cambridge.

Pembroke Funded Graduate awards

MPhil awards
  • Pembroke Master’s Awards. These offer Pembroke undergraduates intending to remain at Pembroke to study for a Master’s degree a limited amount of funding towards the cost. Further information and selection criteria are available here.
Masters degree in Corporate Law (The MCL)

The Richard Sykes QC Studentship in Corporate Law will provide full fees and maintenance for a student from a financially disadvantaged background undertaking the Masters Degree in Corporate Law (MCL) at the University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will become a member of Pembroke College, where the studentship will be held. Further information is available here.

To apply for the Richard Sykes QC Studentship in Corporate Law please complete the application form. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018.  Completed application forms should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, Pembroke College, Cambridge CB2 1RF.

Interviews will be held for the studentship.


If you have any additional questions please contact Mrs Frances Kentish, the Secretary for Graduate Admissions.