Studentships and Funding

Trinity Hall Graduate Research Studentships

Trinity Hall Graduate Research Studentships are highly competitive and are offered in order to attract the world’s best academic talent to postgraduate study. The College offers a number of fully-funded (covering University Composition Fee and Student Maintenance) or partially-funded Studentships. In order to be considered for a Trinity Hall Graduate Research Studentship, you must be applying for a course that is research based (entirely research, predominantly research or equal taught/research). All of our Studentships are thanks to the generosity of our benefactors.

There are also a number of Studentships for a specific purpose, as outlined below:

Atlantic Fund Studentships +-

Established in 2012 and provide full or part funding for graduate research in International Relations or Economic Geography. The studentship is open to qualified graduates of any University and nationality to conduct PhD research or an MPhil in preparation for a PhD. The conditions are otherwise identical to those for the College’s general Research Studentships.

Nightingale Research Studentships +-

Established in memory of former College member Michael Nightingale, who studied at Trinity Hall from 1953. They are open to qualified graduates of any university and nationality to conduct doctoral research at Cambridge in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences or Mental Health, particularly research into the Court of Protection. The studentship may provide full or partial funding. The conditions are otherwise identical to those for the College’s general Research Studentships.

Dr Geraldine Rodgers Enterprise Studentship +-

Established in recognition of Dr Geraldine Rodgers’s many significant contributions to the life science sector through her roles at the Institute of Biotechnology and as Head of Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds. The Studentship is open to applicants from any country to the MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise programme and covers £20,000 towards the fees and maintenance. The conditions and application procedure are otherwise identical to those for College general Research Studentships.

Rhodes Moorhouse Studentship +-

Supports a Royal Air Force officer from its Engineering Branch to undertake the MPhil for Sustainable Development within the Department of Engineering.  Applications are only open to eligible candidates from RAF who apply through the CAS’ Fellowship application process.  Applications are then forwarded to Cambridge University Engineering Department for review. The studentship recognises Lieutenant William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse who was the first airman to receive a Victoria Cross.  He attended Trinity Hall in 1908 and joined the Royal Flying Corps at the outbreak of the First World War.  On 26th April 1916 whilst serving on No 2 Squadron at Merville, France, he was conducting a low-level bombing attack on a railway junction at Kortijk, Belgium, when his BE2 aircraft came under heavy machine gun fire.  Severely wounded by a bullet in his thigh and flying a damaged aircraft, he was again subject to heavy ground fire on crossing the lines, receiving two further wounds.  Nonetheless, he managed to land safely but then insisted on making his combat report before reporting to the Casualty Clearing Station.  He died of his wounds the next day and was posthumously awarded the VC.

Supreme Court of Victoria/Trinity Hall Scholarship +-

Jointly funded by Trinity Hall and Melbourne Law School. Applicants must be current or former Melbourne Law School law students, and be accepted onto the LLM course at Cambridge. For more information please see the Faculty of Law website.

Brockhouse and Underwood Studentship for Engineering +-

Established to provide full or partial funding for one graduate student each year undertaking research in Engineering; either PhD, MPhil or MRes. The Studentships are open to UK, EU and overseas applicants. The Brockhouse and Underwood Studentships are awarded in alternate years.

Mann Studentship for the Sciences +-

Established to provide full or partial funding for one graduate student each year undertaking research in the sciences or mathematics; either PhD, MPhil or MRes. The studentship is open to UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Nigel Chancellor Research Studentship (NCRS) in Modern South Asian Studies OR Middle Eastern History +-

The NCRS was inaugurated in 2018 to support graduate students undertaking research for a MPhil degree in Cambridge in an area of research in a South Asian or a Middle Eastern research topic and is named for the historian and Domus Bursar (emeritus), Dr Nigel Chancellor. The studentship is open to Home/EU applicants only and will cover the composition fee for one graduate student undertaking an MPhil in either a South Asian or a Middle Eastern research Topic. The conditions are otherwise identical to those for the College’s general Research Studentships.


To be considered for any Trinity Hall Graduate Research Studentships, applicants must:

  • have indicated on their graduate application that they wish to apply for Cambridge Scholarships.
  • have been offered membership at Trinity Hall by the 21st March 2019 (it is recommended that applicants list Trinity Hall as their first-choice college to have the best chance of being accepted before the deadline)

Please note that Trinity Hall Graduate Research Studentships are only tenable at Trinity Hall, and therefore membership of the College must be confirmed and all criteria met before funding is released. You are not required to make a separate application to be considered for Trinity Hall Studentships; all applicants accepted for college membership by the 21 March 2019 will be automatically considered. If you are successful in obtaining part/full funding from another source, please notify Clare Kerr (FAQ 2).

Applicants will be considered for all studentships for which they are eligible.

Further information is available in the FAQs. If you have any additional queries please contact Clare Kerr, Postgraduate Administrator, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.

Notification of Decisions

Applications will be considered by the College’s Studentship Committee after the 21 March 2019 and applicants notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2019  (FAQ 6).

Other Awards and Grants for Current Students

The College has a fund that is used to contribute towards the costs incurred when current graduate students undertake independent research related activity. This can include expenses related to primary research, or related to presentation of work at a conference.

Over the course of their degree, the maximum grant per student is £450 for a Masters student, £1,500 for a PhD student and £600 for a medic or vet elective although it is possible that, depending on the budget in any given year, this amount may be adjusted.

More information, and details of how to apply, can be found on the application form (current students only).

You may also use this fund to apply for funds towards University Language courses, the application form has further details.



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