Please note that an offer of admission does not guarantee a scholarship, and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology does not provide funding support towards fees and maintenance from its own resources. Also, under University regulations, it is not possible for students to work as a research or teaching assistant whilst studying for a PhD.
Due to the highly competitive nature of scholarship opportunities described below, we encourage all applicants to search for funding outside of the University, i.e., government scholarships offered by your home country.
Research Council Studentships - UK + EU Nationals
Studentships are awarded to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in most years, normally from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), and eligible applicants will automatically be considered for these awards, when available. Such Studentships are only open to UK nationals, UK residents of more than 3 years standing (time in full-time education does not count towards this 3 years) and nationals of the European Union. However, in the case of EU nationals, only fees are covered, and such students must meet their personal living expenses from other sources.
Funding from others sources - Overseas Nationals
Applicants seeking funding support from other sources are also welcome to apply. A number of scholarships for students from particular areas are available (for example, from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust). Overseas (non-EU) students, whether providing their own funding or in receipt of a scholarship, may be eligible to apply for Cambridge International Scholarship (CISS) or Gates Cambridge Overseas Scholarships. These competitive awards, administered by the UK Government, pay the difference between the fees levied on home and overseas students). Details of these, and others, can be obtained from The Student Registry.
Our current fully-funded studentships can be found on the Job Opportunities webpage of the University.
Current award rounds
The BBSRC DTP is holding another round of recruitment for approximately 15 studentships. The deadline for applications is 18th April 2013, with all documentation to be uploaded by 2nd May 2013. Interviews will be held between 16th-21st May 2013. More information can be found at http://bbsrcdtp.lifesci.cam.ac.uk/
Other Possible Sources of Funding
Additional information about possible sources of funding, along with their respective application deadlines, can be found in the Cambridge Funding Search.
For students applying for admission in the 2012/2013 academic year (to include October 2012, January 2013, and April 2013): The application deadlines for students wishing to be considered for funding through the Gates Trust, The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, The Cambridge Overseas Trust, The Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS) and the Cambridge Home and European Scholarship Scheme (CHESS) have now passed.
For students planning to apply for admission in the 2013/2014 academic year (to include October 2013, January 2014, and April 2014): We will begin accepting applications for admission and funding consideration in September 2012. Early applications are recommended as some funding deadlines are 16 October 2012 (for USA nationals). A full list of deadlines is published on the Deadlines Page of the University's Graduate Admissions Office.