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Postgraduate funding

Below you will find details of funding opportunities for those applying for graduate degrees in Classics. Should you have any further questions, please email:

1. University funding

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources. To make this process easier for applicants, the University operates a Graduate Funding Competition.  This competition co-ordinates funding from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, departments, AHRC and other Research Councils and central University funds.


How to apply

It is easy to apply.  You simply need to complete the funding section of the Graduate Application Form (via the Applicant Portal).



To be eligible for consideration in the Graduate Funding Competition you will need to submit your application to study and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal by the relevant deadline.


Other funding competitions

Many other funding competitions, while not included in the Graduate Funding Competition, still only require you to complete the funding section of the Graduate Application via the Applicant Portal.  You can use the Cambridge Funding Search to see which competitions you are automatically considered for.


2. Faculty funding

Through the generosity of many benefactors, past and present, the Classics Faculty is itself able to offer some funding to both MPhil and PhD students.  All applicants are automatically considered for the various Faculty funds for which they are eligible.  Although the Faculty is occasionally able to offer full funding for an MPhil student, Faculty funds are largely used to offer part funding to those who have some support from other funds.  The Faculty is normally able to offer support to four or five PhD students and eight to ten MPhil students.  PhD students after their first year are also able to apply for Graduate Teaching Assistant bursaries.

The Faculty is particularly pleased to be able to offer the following:

a) Buckley Scholarships

Through the kindness of Brian Buckley, three or more Buckley Scholarships, which may be awarded for MPhil or PhD research.

b) Walston Studentship

This scholarship provides full support to an MPhil or PhD student working on classical archaeology, or in the art or architecture of ancient Greece. The student’s research should normally involve travel or residence in Greek lands for a period of not less than three months.

c) Leventis Studentships in Greek Culture

Thanks to the generosity of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, these studentships are awarded for MPhil or PhD research into periods of Greek culture before the Byzantine era.

d) Hellenic College Trust Studentship

Through the kindness of the Hellenic College Trust, this generously funded studentship, covering fees and maintenance, is awarded to a student taking the MPhil.  The student must be someone normally resident in Greece who demonstrates a commitment/particular interest in classical Greek studies and who under normal circumstances could not afford to study at the university without bursarial support.


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