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Cambridge Heritage Research Centre


Graduate Funding Label


Funding Opportunities 

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, departments, Research Councils and central University funds. Information about different funding schemes and application deadlines can be found on the Graduate Admissions funding webpages.

You can use our Cambridge Funding Search page to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. In recent years Heritage applicants have been successful in receiving support from a range of funding sources including Gates Cambridge, Cambridge International Scholarships, AHRC, ESRC and Vice-Chancellor's Awards, amongst others.


ESRC Studentships

The University of Cambridge hosts an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which provides studentships and doctoral training to social science researchers. The DTP typically offers around 30 studentships a year in the following broad social science areas of enquiry:

  • Sustainability, prosperity and wellbeing
  • Inequality, equity, justice and economic growth
  • Conflict, culture, mobility and development
  • Emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity
  • Cognition, behaviour, language and learning

Prospective PhD applicants are eligible to apply for ESRC studentships through several of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre's Faculty and Department partners. Prospective applicants should contact the department to which they wish to apply or the CHRC Coordinator for more information.


Gates Cambridge

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

The selection criteria, in addition to outstanding intellectual ability and leadership potential, requires applicants to demonstrative a commitment to improving the lives of others - making Heritage researchers tackling contemporary societal challenges strong applicants for these highly competitive awards.

More information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme can be found on Graduate Admissions funding webpages and the Gates Cambridge website.