Studentship FAQs

1. How many Studentships are awarded each year? +-

The number and the value of awards varies from year to year and is dependent on many factors, including the number and quality of applicants and the duration and value of awards from previous years. All subjects are included and studentships are awarded on the merit of the application and qualifications of the applicant. The Trinity Hall Review for the preceding years publishes details of previous year’s Studentship awards.

2. What if I receive funding from another source? +-

You must notify Trinity Hall immediately of any funding you may receive either before or after you submit your application. The College reserves the right to withdraw funding and it is very important that you accept other funding to allow Trinity Hall to provide as many Studentships as possible. The College will reduce your Studentship by the amount you have been awarded by any other funding source, if it exceeds your total fee and maintenance costs as set down in university guidelines. For example if Trinity Hall offers you a fully funded Studentship of £30,000 and you gain funding from another source of £10,000 your Trinity Hall studentship would be reduced by £10,000.

3. When should I apply? +-

The earlier the better. Your University on-line application will need to be seen by the department before being passed on to a college. This may be seen by more than one college which will require time for it to be reviewed and passed on. Apply early and allow the colleges and departments sufficient time to review your application before approaching deadlines.

4. Do I need to send additional references or further information to support my application? +-

No. All necessary information, including references, transcripts and research proposals, will be provided as part of your University on-line application.

5. What are the eligibility criteria? +-

In most cases successful applicants will be graduates of an established university or other degree-awarding institution with a first-class honours grade or equivalent. The College is particularly interested in applicants who are highly ranked by the Cambridge University Department relevant to their course. You must also meet all other University conditions attached to your offer (such as academic, funding, language, ATAS, immigration etc.).

6. When will I hear the outcome? +-

You will hear one way or the other by the end of April 2019, but you may hear at any stage during the time from the closing of the applications procedure. This is due to the complicated nature of funding offers and variable deadlines across colleges, the University and Research Councils so you may not hear back immediately. Should you have other opportunities pending it is perfectly acceptable to contact Clare Kerr, Postgraduate Administrator, to check the progress but only if you are considering an alternative offer.

7. What if I get accepted by another College? +-

You make your college choices on your University on-line application and you will be considered by each college in order of preference. Colleges understand the need for students to accept offers with funding attached and open discourse is therefore encouraged to allow the maximum number of students to receive funding to study in Cambridge. However there is no guarantee that you would be able to change college once your choice is made.

8. How do I fund my fourth year? +-

PhD funding is for three years unless otherwise stated. It is expected that you will complete within that period. If not you will be expected to self-fund any further period of study.

9. What if I am not eligible for any of the specifically named Studentships? +-

All students accepted for membership by the 21st March 2019 will automatically be entered for the Trinity Hall Research Studentships, which are open to graduate research students in all subjects.

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