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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Please note that the deadlines for funding via the Gates Trust and Cambridge Trusts for students wishing to begin in the 2021/2022 academic year (to include October 2021, January 2022 and April 2022) have now passed.  

For students planning to apply for admission in the 2022/2023 academic year (to include October 2022, January 2023, and April 2023):  We will begin accepting applications for admission and funding consideration in September 2021.  Early applications are recommended as some funding deadlines are as early as October 2021. 

Funding Deadlines

 A full list of deadlines is published on the Deadlines Page of the University's Graduate Admissions Office.  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 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. These awards are for UK nationals and EU nationals who meet the criteria set out by the Research Councils.  To be considered for these awards, we recommend that you submit your on-line application to the University's Graduate Admissions Office well before their deadline.

Funding from others sources - All Nationals

There are mulitple funding opportunites available for postgraduate study at Cambridge, and you can apply for funding via the application for admission provided you submit your application by the deadline.  Provided your full application is in on time, it will be considered for the Graduate Funding Competition.  Please visit the Graduate Funding Competition's website for information on what funding opportunities it entails.  If you are aiming to be considered for the Gates studentship, please see their selection criteria; the information could be very useful when writing your Personal Statement on the Gates section of the on-line application.  For all funding rounds, we encourage you to submit your on-line application to the University's Graduate Admissions Office well in advance of their deadlines.


Our current fully-funded studentships can be found on the Job Opportunities webpage of the University.

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.