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General funding opportunities for postgraduate study at Cambridge


You can apply to many funding opportunities through the Cambridge University Graduate Funding Competition. This coordinates funding from multiple sources including:

  • Cambridge Trust
  • Gates Cambridge
  • ESRC, NERC and AHRC Research Councils
  • University funding, including The Vice Chancellor's Award and The Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme
  • College partner funding for the above schemes

The University holds two main rounds of competition for postgraduate study on October and January for admittance the following academic year. Funding deadlines and further information on the Graduate Funding Competition is provided by the Graduate Admissions Office.

Please make sure you are aware of the Graduate Funding Competition Timeline.

Current and prospective postgraduate students can use the Cambridge Funding Search tool to locate funding within the University


  • European Funding Guide

The European Funding Guide is the largest online-platform in the EU for finding financial aid. The platform contains over 12,000 scholarships, grants and awards across the whole EU worth more than 27 billion Euros per year. Over 4,000 of these are specifically targeted at UK students.


Funding opportunities specific to MPhil Degrees in Archaeology at Cambridge

  • Department of Archaeology MPhil Bursary

The department offers a bursary of £15000 which may be awarded to any highly ranked candidate applying for an MPhil programme in the department, including programmes in Biological Anthropology. All applicants will be automatically considered for this award.

  • The McBurney/St Edmund's College MPhil Bursary in Geoarchaeology

This bursary is for the best qualified new UK/EU/Overseas entrant to St Edmund's College who intends to take the MPhil in Archaeological Science and specialise in any aspect of Geoarchaeology. It is jointly funded by the McBurney Laboratory  and St Edmund's College, Cambridge.

Funding for the Postgraduate Study of Egytptology and Assyriology in Cambridge

Bursaries and small grants available specifically for the study of Egyptology and Assyriology at Cambridge (within the specialised degree track or within the broader MPhil in Archaeology) can be found on the Mesopotamian Funding Information page.

  • PhD Funding

Studentships may be available through Doctoral Training Programmes within the University of Cambridge, funded by several of the UK Research Councils. 

For studentships offered by Cambridge Collges, please use the University's Funding Search tool.


Additional Bursaries and Grants for Archaeologists

  • Anthony Wilkin Ethnology and Archaeology Fund
The Anthony Wilkin Fund is devoted to the encouragement of research in Ethnology and Archaeology. The completed application form must be returned to the departmental Administrator no later than 30 May. Letters of reference (two for the Studentship, one for grants) should be sent directly to the same address by referees, to arrive no later than 30 May. The value of individual awards, including both grants and the Studentship, will be decided by the Management Committee after reviewing all applications.
  • Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Fund

The Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Fund is devoted to the encouragement of research in Egyptology.

Studentship: preference is given to candidates who are undertaking research in Egyptology for the PhD degree in Cambridge, or who are applying to do this. The Award will normally be for up to £5000; it will be held for one year, but a successful candidate may reapply in subsequent years.

Grants: preference is given to current Cambridge postgraduate students in Egyptology; UTOs, Postdoctoral Fellows and scholars affiliated with the University of Cambridge undertaking research in Egyptology may also apply. Grant applications should not normally exceed £2000; the majority of grants awarded are much smaller.

The application form must be returned to the departmental Administrator no later than 30th April. Letters of reference (two for the Studentship, one for grants) should be sent directly to the Assistant Registrary by referees, to arrive no later than the closing date of 30th April. Email is acceptable.

If there is a suitable candidate, the Thomas Mulvey Student will be elected not later than 30th June. Grants from the Fund will be made by the same date. The value of individual awards, including both grants and the Studentship, will be decided by the Management Committee after reviewing all applications.

  • Association of British Turkish Academics ABTA

The Association of British and Turkish Academics runs a competition open to PhD students at UK Universities (and those in the first year after the PhD) in all subject areas. 

  • The Wiener - Anspach Foundation

The Wiener - Anspach Foundation awards research grants to Cambridge PhD students who wish to spend up to one year at the Université libre de Bruxelles as part of their PhD studies. These non-renewable grants are open to students from all fields. Please note they are not available for the first year of study. More information is available on the Wiener - Anspach Foundation website.


University Fieldwork Fund

All students undertaking a PhD with an element of fieldwork are eligible to apply to the Department for support with the costs of fieldwork. Students who are funded by the AHRC may be able to apply for additional fieldwork funding through this scheme.

Click here to access the application form. There are three rounds a year with deadlines on 1st November, 1st February and 1st May.

Students in Assyriology are eligible for the same funding as students in Archaeology (see above). In addition, see the Mesopotamian Funding page.