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Cambridge and India


The Cambridge Trust enables candidates of outstanding academic merit, who would not otherwise be able to take up places at Cambridge, to pursue courses of study or research. The Trusts offer awards 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.

Funding Opportunities

There are many scholarships available for Indian students at all levels of study, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

  • Gates Cambridge scholarships are offered each year to approximately 95 postgraduate students from countries outside the UK, in any academic field.
  • The Cambridge Trust manages a number of scholarship programmes, including the prestigious Cambridge International Scholarships, for international PhD students in any subject.

The Trust also manages several scholarships specifically for Indian applicants:

  • SGPC Cambridge Scholarship – a programme of full-cost awards for Sikh applicants to Masters or PhD courses in subjects central to the development of higher education in India.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust Cambridge Scholarship – a full-cost award towards PhD study in any subject.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Cambridge Scholarship – a full-cost award for students taking a Masters or PhD in a subject in the field of Social Sciences.
  • Pemanda Monappa Scholarship – a part-cost award (£13,000) for students with a close connection to Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala or Tamil Nadu who undertake a Masters degree in one of the following subjects: Science, Computer Science, Technology, Economics, Law or English Literature.
  • Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship – for PhD students in the fields of Arts, Humanities and Heritage Conservation; the value of each award varies according to each student's financial need and other funding.
  • Cambridge India Ramanujan Scholarship – a full cost award towards PhD study in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

For the most up-to-date information on the opportunities available from the Cambridge Trust, please visit the scholarships page of their website.

To be considered for an award by the Trusts you must be admitted by the University as a student. In the case of most scholarships, your application to the University will automatically ensure that you are considered for an award. However, for certain scholarships which the Trusts offer with partner organizations, you will also need to make a separate application.  Further information on eligibility requirements is available here.

College and Department Scholarships

The Dr Manmohan Singh Graduate Scholarships support students from India to pursue doctoral studies at St John's College, Cambridge. Further information about these scholarships is available here.