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Funding opportunities

There are a range of funding opportunities available to students applying for this MPhil. Several are highlighted below, and the links on the right provide more information.

In addition to the options below, the Managers of the MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society will automatically consider all applicants for a limited number of maintenance awards of up to £6,500. Assessment will be based on information provided in the Applicant Portal. Offers of funding will start to be made in March each year, and awards will continue to be allocated until all the available funding has been committed.

Cambridge Trust

The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust offers scholarships to students from overseas, the European Union and the UK.

To apply for Cambridge Trust funding you must indicate in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal that you wish to be considered for funding. Some scholarships offered by the Cambridge Trust require you to make an additional application: see the Trust's website for details.

You must submit your application by 6 December 2017 to be eligible for Cambridge Trust funding.

Cambridge Trust

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

The Gates Cambridge Trust offers scholarships to students from overseas and the European Union (excluding the UK). To apply, complete the funding application section of the Applicant Portal, including a 500-word personal statement. You must also submit a personal reference.

You will need to submit your application earlier than the usual deadline to be eligible for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The deadline for US citizens normally resident in the USA is 11 October 2017; for citizens of all other countries (except the UK) and US citizens normally resident outside the USA, the deadline is 6 December 2017.

Gates Cambridge

Wellcome Masters Awards 

The University can put forward one candidate each year for a Wellcome Master's award. Awards pay a stipend and all compulsory University and College fees at the UK home graduate student level only. Applicants should have a minimum of an excellent upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funded students will be expected to write two essays and the dissertation in history, philosophy or ethics of medicine, broadly understood to include life sciences and public health. Strong preference is given to applicants intending to go on to a PhD in this area.

The Departments involved in this MPhil are responsible for nominations. Applicants should indicate their interest in an award by entering 'Wellcome Master's Award' in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal.

Applicants should indicate their interest in an award by entering 'Wellcome Master's Award' in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal.

Wellcome Master's Awards

Other sources of funding

The British Society for the History of Science offers up to three bursaries each year to support students taking a master's degree.

The Institute of Medical Ethics offers a number of small grants and awards to students who concentrate on medical ethics or an allied subject.


Students experiencing hardship should consult their College tutor for advice about sources of funding for which they may be eligible. More information is available at the following link.

Student Registry: Hardship funding for graduate students

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