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Scholarships and bursaries

A range of awards to help you thrive

We want to encourage applications from the best students and do all we can to open doors to top-level academic study for brilliant applicants who might not otherwise be able to come to Cambridge. Most of our awards require applicants to name Hughes Hall as their first choice college in their University application and to join the College when they commence study. Our range of scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial support, continue to grow and develop, and we welcome students with funding from elsewhere in the University and beyond.

We want to encourage applications from the best students and do all we can to open doors to top-level academic study

Each year, two Hughes Hall PhD Scholarships provide three-years fees and maintenance support for doctoral study in any subject and for students of any nationality. In addition, Edwin Leong Scholarships for PhD in Life Sciences cover fees and maintenance for three-years for two doctoral students in Life Sciences (with a preference for studies related to ageing or paediatrics) every three years. All these doctoral awards are made in conjunction with the University of Cambridge, so part of the funding will be through a Vice-Chancellor’s Award or a Cambridge International Scholarship.

In addition to our doctoral scholarships, we offer a number of focussed awards – £2,500 to £20,000, and up to full fees plus maintenance awards – for excellent applicants in various subject areas and with a range of qualifying requirements.

Hughes Hall offers £250 a year travel grants to all students, and additional support to Education PhD and MPhil students, and provides financial support to individuals learning new languages through the University’s Language Centre, playing University sports at first and second team level, and prizes for high achievement for final year undergraduates and a number of MPhil courses. There is information about these awards in the Student Centre Funding and Prizes pages.

In 2010 Hughes Hall launched the 125th Anniversary Appeal to raise £1.5 million for the Scholarship Fund, and has now reached this target. We are enormously grateful to all our benefactors for their generosity. This enables us to steadily increase our funding to students, often in joint awards with Cambridge University and other bodies.

Doctoral/PhD awards

FULL Scholarships

Two FULL Hughes Hall PhD Scholarships are awarded each year, in conjunction with the University of Cambridge, to applicants for full-time PhD study in any subject. These cover both fees and maintenance for all three fee-paying years. Maintenance will be paid by Hughes Hall at the agreed rate, and fees via a Vice-Chancellor’s Award (for a Home/EU student) or a Cambridge International Scholarship (for an Overseas student). Applicants must specify Hughes Hall as their first choice college in their university application.

These awards are available to applicants of all nationalities and for all subjects, and are tenable for up to three fee-paying years, subject to annual review. However, the are not available to applicants who are awarded full funding from other grant-giving bodies, or to students who have already started their doctoral study.

Top-Up Scholarships

Hughes Hall also offers several smaller scholarships of £2,500 per year, kindly provided by benefactors. These are awarded on the same conditions as above, including that applicants must specify Hughes Hall as their first choice college in their university application. One award for any PhD will be available each year.

Elizabeth Cherry Scholarship for PhD, with preference for the Arts

Hong Kong Alumni Scholarship for any PhD

Sarah Squire Scholarship for any PhD

  • Applicants for Hughes Hall PhD and Top-Up Scholarships and must complete the HH Scholarships Application Form and submit it to scholarships@hughes.cam.ac.uk by 7 January. All awards are for courses starting in October. All those who are offered a university place will be informed of the outcome of their Hughes Hall scholarship application in April.

Edwin Leong Scholarships for PhD in Life Sciences

Two FULL scholarships awarded every three years for full-time PhD in Life Sciences, with preference for studies related to ageing or paediatrics. The scholarships cover both fees and maintenance for all three fee-paying years, and are kindly provided by a benefactor in conjunction with the University of Cambridge via a Vice-Chancellor’s Award (for a Home/EU student) or a Cambridge International Scholarship (for an Overseas student). Recipients will be selected in consultation with the relevant university departments, and must accept membership of Hughes Hall.

Law Awards

Hughes Hall has a large number of grateful alumni and other generous donors for Law, and can offer a growing number of scholarships.

Taylor Harris Scholarship for Affiliate BA in Law

Kindly provided by an alumnus of the college. One award of £20,000 (in two annual instalments of £10,000), given to the best applicant with international fee status. All eligible applicants who are offered a college place will be considered for the award in May.

Jack Merritt Scholarship for MPhil in Criminology

Kindly provided in memory of an alumnus who lost his life in a terrorist attack while working to help prisoners. One award of £7,500, offered to a student from a Widening Participation background. The recipient will be selected in conjunction with the Institute of Criminology, following its admissions process and timetable, and must accept membership of Hughes Hall.

Liam Mooney Scholarship for LLM

Kindly provided by an alumnus of the college. One award of £7,500, offered to a fully or partially self-funded student who is a UK citizen. Open to all applicants for LLM with preference for those who name Hughes Hall as their first choice college.

Patrick and Linda Yip Scholarship for LLM or PhD in Law

Kindly provided by an alumnus of the college. One award of £2,500, offered in preference to a fully or partially self-funded student. Open to all applicants for LLM or for PhD in the Faculty of Law (or another department if topic is sufficiently law-related), with preference for those who name Hughes Hall as their first choice college.

William Charnley Scholarship for LLM or PhD in Law

Kindly provided by a Fellow of the college. One award of £2,500, with preference for those resident in the UK or intending to practise law in the UK. Open to all applicants for LLM or PhD accepted by Hughes Hall.

Other College Awards

Gabrielle Sacconaghi Bacon Scholarship for MPhil

Kindly provided by an alumna of the college. One award of £10,000, for any full-time MPhil. (Not available in 2021.)

Hughes Hall – CJBS Scholarship for MSt in Social Innovation

One award of £10,000, as outlined in the HH-CJBS MSt Scholarship particulars. Applicants must submit the HH-CJBS MSt Scholarship Application Form to scholarships@hughes.cam.ac.uk by 17 May 2021.

William Charnley Anglo-Danish Scholarship, for MPhil, MASt or LLM

Kindly provided by a Fellow of the college. One award of £2,500, open to Danish citizens and to UK citizens who have attended university in Denmark, who name Hughes Hall as first choice college, for full-time MPhil, MASt or LLM. Applicants must apply to the Anglo-Danish Society by 30 June 2021.

Note that all dates refer to the academic year before the course begins.

Hong Kong Awards

The following awards kindly provided by benefactors are open to graduates of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) who apply to Hughes Hall to study in Cambridge:

Doris Zimmern Hughes Hall Scholarships, for graduates of HKU, for PhD, MPhil or MASt. Full award.

Edwin Leong Hughes Hall Scholarships, for graduates of CUHK, for MPhil or MASt. Full award.

Ho Tim Foundation Hughes Hall Scholarship, for graduates of S H Ho College at CUHK, for MPhil or MASt. Full award.

Tse Family Hughes Hall Scholarship, for graduates of HKU, for MPhil or MASt, with preference for Education or Science.
£10,000.

Full awards cover: University overseas fee, to a maximum of the PhD science fee; a maintenance allowance at the standard rate; and a settling-in fee. For courses with a higher fee, recipients will need to fund the difference themselves.

Applications for these scholarships must be submitted to HKU or CUHK as appropriate. Applicants must also apply to the University of Cambridge, nominating Hughes Hall as their first choice college.

Other Cambridge Awards

Applicants should apply for every other form of financial assistance open to them, including awards from the UK Government and sources in their home countries.

Cambridge University has several funding schemes for postgraduate students. The Cambridge Trust also offers a range of full and partial scholarships to students from all countries.

The Cambridge Bursary Scheme for UK undergraduates is jointly funded by the University and its colleges, including Hughes Hall. The Scheme offers generous bursaries on a sliding scale depending on household income, with a higher rate for mature students resident in Cambridge all year round.