Scholarships

Full PhD Awards

Three full scholarships for PhD study covering all subjects, and several smaller awards

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.

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.
Elizabeth Cherry Scholarship for PhD, with preference for the Arts
Hong Kong Alumni Scholarship for any PhD
Sarah Squire Scholarship
for any PhD
One award for any PhD will be available each year.

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 late March or early 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 from outside the EU. All eligible applicants who are offered a 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.

Applicants for any of the last three awards must submit the combined HH Postgraduate Law Scholarships Application Form to scholarships@hughes.cam.ac.uk by 15 May.

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 (date t.b.c.).

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.

Graduation gowns

Hong Kong Awards

Full awards cover maintenance and fees

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.

A generous Bursary Scheme for mature undergraduates