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Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS) in UK, 2016-2017

The University of Cambridge, via the Cambridge Trusts offers approximately 80 international scholarships for overseas students who will be registered for a three year research programme, leading to the PhD (including CPGS), that starts in the next academical year. Scholarships are awarded to cover the full cost of fees and maintenance for the duration of the course, i.e. three years. The awards will be made on a competitive basis to those applicants considered by their departments to be the most outstanding.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in all available research courses at the University of Cambridge.
Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue research programme leading to the PhD (including CPGS) at the University of Cambridge.
Scholarship Provider: The University of Cambridge, via the Cambridge Trusts
Scholarship can be taken at: UK

Eligibility: Eligible to receive a Cambridge International Scholarship students must:
-be liable to pay the Overseas University Composition Fee (i.e. be assessed as ‘Overseas’ for Fee Status purposes).
-be engaged in a three year research programme leading to the PhD (i.e. will be registered as PhD, “Probationary PhD” or “CPGS”) starting in the next academical year.
-be engaged in full-time study.
-have a high upper-second-class undergraduate honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an equivalent from an Overseas Institution.
Please note: all students applying for a course of one year duration or less (including LLM, MSt, MBA, MED, Part III Mathematics, MPhil) in the next academical year are not eligible for a CISS award in the next academical year.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: International students are eligible for these scholarships.

Scholarship Description: The University of Cambridge will offer, via the Cambridge Trusts, approximately 80 Cambridge International Scholarships to Overseas Students who embark on a research course in the next academical year. The awards will be made on a competitive basis to those applicants considered by their departments to be the most outstanding.

Number of award(s): The University of Cambridge will offer via the Cambridge Trusts, approximately 80 Cambridge International Scholarships.

Duration of award(s): The length of the scholarship is for the tenure of the PhD, whether three or four years (as determined by the length of the PhD).

What does it cover? In the case of some selected candidates, the Trust will subsequently identify partner organizations willing to provide part of the cost of the scholarships, but the Trust will meet the balance, and where necessary the whole costs, of these awards. The scholarship will pay the University composition fee and an annual living allowance for a single person.

Selection Criteria: Scholars are chosen by a selection panel including representatives from each of the six academic Schools within the University. The only factors taken into consideration are academic ability and research potential, examination results, and references. The financial situation of applicants does not affect the selection of scholars.

Notification: In March, all the nominated candidates with a conditional offer of admission will be considered by a selection committee comprising academic members of the Student Registry. The committee will draw up a list of candidates who will be made an offer of a CISS award immediately. A reserve list of candidates will also be drawn up who may receive a CISS award should any become available. These candidates will receive a confirmatory email. Several hundred partially funded awards will also be made by the Cambridge Trusts to candidates unsuccessful in obtaining a full cost CISS award.

How to Apply: In order to be eligible for a CISS award commencing in the next academical year, you must have applied for admission/continuation as a graduate student to the University of Cambridge either online (admission students only) or via the Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form (GRADSAF). It is important that you send in your supporting documentation as soon as possible after you have applied for admission online, because your application will not be looked at until this is received. The closing date for this funding is firm – no late applications can be considered.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted by 2 December 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

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