Funding and Prizes

Scholarships & Bursaries

Hughes Hall offers several full and partial scholarships open to all applicants, as well several top-up awards for current and former students.


Hughes Hall is delighted to award college prizes, kindly provided by several benefactors. These are awarded to all students who achieve First Class Honours in BA, LLM and MCL, or who achieve Distinction or Merit in MASt and Part III Medicine. There are also some subject-specific awards. Congratulations to all last year’s prizewinners!

Travel & Conference Grants

Dr Edwin S.H. Leong has provided a very generous benefaction to Hughes Hall to fund student travel. We are extremely grateful for this financial support. As a result, Hughes Hall can offer travel grants to:

  • all PhD students, to travel to conferences or other course-related work
  • full-time masters students, to travel to conferences or other course-related work
  • medical students, to travel for electives
  • BA students, to fulfil compulsory requirements outside Cambridge


  • college grants are normally up to £250 a year, but PhD students may combine two years of grant, normally retrospectively
  • the college expects you to apply to your faculty/department and other suitable sources, including the Cambridge Philosophical Society for science students
  • applications received after your thesis submission or course end-date, or for funding after then, will not normally be considered

To apply, complete and submit the Travel Grant Application, with all relevant information and requested signatures.

Case study: Alana Baker MPhil Public Policy (2017) and Recipient of Hughes Hall Travel Grant

‘A large part of my academic and research interests have to do with international affairs, foreign policy, development, and diplomacy. Because of this, I wanted my MPP to contribute to gaining an increased international perspective, and that is a huge part of why I chose Cambridge. The MPP course here has a work placement component that allowed me to not only learn through study in Cambridge, but also through going abroad to take on real work. I was fortunate enough to get to do a policy project for the United Nations Development Programme, which took me to Amman, Jordan for six weeks working out of the UNV Regional Office for the Arab States and Europe CIS. I conducted field research on numerous countries in the region, getting to speak to real people doing impactful work on the ground, and gaining a much vaster understanding of the region and project than I would have been able to by working remotely from Cambridge. I even got to attend a UN conference in Beirut, Lebanon- an opportunity that wouldn’t have presented itself without having been in the field.

Of course, this experience and all the travel and logistics involved didn’t come cheap, and finding funding was a necessity to be able to do it. A lot of the main expenses were covered through my course and the UN, but there are so many extra things for a trip like this. Hughes generously gave me funding to cover these things, making it possible for me to have a truly amazing research and work experience that added massively to the value of my studies. Without this support, these sort of research experiences would be out of reach to a lot of students, so the college funding ensures that there is equal opportunity for all Hughesians.’


Language Course Support

The college gives some financial support to students who study a language other than English alongside their course, normally through the Language Centre’s programme (CULP). Support is normally given at the end of the course. To apply, complete and submit the application form together with your CULP receipt.

Varsity Sport Support

The college gives some financial support to students who participate in university sports. To apply, complete and submit the Varsity Sport application form together with a letter on headed paper from the club secretary.