Cambridge University Commonwealth Scholarship


The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students. These high standards are the result of both the learning opportunities offered at Cambridge and by its extensive resources, including libraries, museums and other collections.


The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust are both established as charities by the University of Cambridge UK in the 1980s to provide financial support for international students on degree courses at Cambridge.

The aim of the Trusts is to enable candidates of outstanding academic merit, who would not otherwise be able to take up places at Cambridge, to pursue courses of study or research. Awards are offered to selected students at PhD, Masters and undergraduate level in all subjects, and at all 31 Colleges of the University of Cambridge. Awards, which include both full-cost and part-cost scholarships, are made only at the beginning of a course of study, and continue for the duration of the course.

Some scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit alone. Most scholarship schemes also take account of financial need.

To be considered for an award by the Trusts you must be admitted by the University as a student.

Financial Support for you

If you plan to start a degree course at the University of Cambridge, and are from a country outside the European Union, use the tool from this link on country specific awards to see a list of scholarships for which you are eligible:

Please read the details of eligibility carefully.


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