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Once you have assessed the core costs of your chosen course of study, you can start to explore the various schemes which are available to support postgraduate study at Cambridge: 

You should note that some of these schemes have very early deadlines (e.g. early October in the year preceding admission for the Gates Cambridge Trust), so you should begin researching funding opportunities at least a year before you intend to begin your course.

Under the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, a minimum of ten awards are available for Home fee status Black and Global Majority students with a place on an Arts and Humanities doctoral programme at the Open University, University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. Further information can be found at the OOC DTP webpage.

In addition to the core University funding, there are a number of schemes available specifically for Music students:

William Barclay Squire Graduate Studentships

In addition to the University-wide funding schemes, the Faculty of Music also considers all applicants applying for funding for William Barclay Squire Graduate Studentships.  Partial studentships (equivalent to the University Composition Fee at the Home rate) are available to MPhil and PhD candidates whose research is rooted in the History of Music with one or two awards made in each application cycle.  All eligible applicants will automatically be considered as long as you complete the funding section of the Postgraduate Application Form (via the Applicant Portal).

Lady Lincoln Music Scholarship (MPhil) at Magdalene College

The Lady Lincoln Scholarship in Music of £12,000 is available for 2023 entry to support a student from the UK studying the MPhil in Music. It will be awarded in partnership with the Cambridge Trust Cambridge Opportunity Scholarships (COS) programme. The Scholarship aims to support a student to undertake this course where they would otherwise be unlikely to be able to do so. The Scholarship is tenable at Magdalene College, and direct applicants to Magdalene College, as well as successful applicants to the Cambridge Opportunity Scholarship scheme, will be automatically considered for an award.

There is no separate application for this award. All eligible applicants who apply by the relevant deadline will automatically be considered. Please see the Magdalene College website for full details.