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Funding for Postgraduate Study

Centre of Latin American Studies

 

Funding for Prospective Students

More information on all of these sources of funding may be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office. The Board will also advise international students and self-funding British students on the current level of fees. In addition to the sources listed below, the colleges that comprise the University of Cambridge frequently offer one or two graduate studentships per year, so you are advised to check their websites for any for which you may be eligible.

MPhil funding for Home/EU students

CLAS-Robinson College Studentship for the MPhil in Latin American Studies

The Centre of Latin American Studies, in partnership with Robinson College, Cambridge, offers a studentship for the MPhil in Latin American Studies every year. The award, which draws on the Centre’s Simón Bolívar Fund, is available to a Home/EU student and covers all fees and a grant towards maintenance costs. All eligible applicants who submit their application by the January deadline for funding competitions will automatically be considered for the studentship. The successful award-holder will be notified by the end of March and will become a member of Robinson College on admission to the University. Robinson is one of the newest of the university’s colleges, located within a short walk from the Centre of Latin American Studies, and it provides first-rate accommodation, modern facilities and a diverse graduate community, within a beautiful garden setting. See http://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk for more information. 

Research Council Awards (AHRC & ESRC)

British and EU applicants may seek funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), so long as the proposed thesis project falls within the fields eligible for funding by those schemes. You are advised to consult their guidance on subject coverage. To be eligible for an AHRC award, a candidate must express an interest in continuing to the PhD in their application. It is not possible to apply for an award via the Professional Preparation Masters’ scheme for the MPhil in Latin American Studies, only via the Research Preparation Masters' scheme. Further information on the application procedure for the AHRC is available here, and you should also read this detailed information on how to apply for AHRC fundingFurther information on the ESRC application procedure may be found here. Applicants wishing to be considered for ESRC funding should submit a research proposal that falls under one of the five broad areas of enquiry set out here

The Newton College Masters Studentship scheme 

The Newton College Masters Studentship scheme provides funding for students wishing to complete a Masters degree. Funding is provided by Colleges, the Isaac Newton Trust and the University. Around 60 students will be funded in all disciplines across the University. There is no application form for this funding; as long as you have applied for admission/continuation by the deadline you will automatically be considered for this competition. 

Simón Bolívar Bursaries

The Centre is able to offer a small number of Simón Bolívar bursaries of up to £5,000 to help meet the costs of fees and maintenance for the MPhil in Latin American Studies. All applicants will automatically be considered for these bursaries on merit, but are also required to apply to all other available sources of funding. Both Home/EU and International students will be considered. An applicant receiving full funding from a public source becomes ineligible for a Bolívar bursary, which then passes to the next eligible applicant. The Simón Bolívar Fund, from which these grants are awarded, was created with a generous donation from the Venezuelan government in 1968.

Gibson Spanish Scholarship

Applicants who wish to study Latin American literature or culture (including film and visual arts) may be eligible for a Gibson Spanish Scholarship, which provides part-funding for the MPhil or PhD. Scholarships awarded are generally in the region of £3000 to £4000 per year and are tenable for up to three years. They are open to any student currently, or about to be, registered as a graduate student at the university. The deadline is usually in May each year, for students wishing to start a course in October of the same year. More information is posted in late November here (follow the link to 'Funding Opportunities' at the bottom of the page).

Robert Gardiner Fund (open to students of Irish universities only)

The Electors to the Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarships invite applications for one or more Scholarships tenable from 1 October annually. It is possible that only a small number of Scholarships will be awarded. The academic standard required is high. The Scholarships are intended to assist or enable students of Irish universities to proceed to the University of Cambridge. The Electors will give preference to applicants who are applying for a Master's degree with a view to progressing to research at a later date. Students of any Irish university are eligible.

MPhil funding for International students

Gates Scholarships

Non-UK candidates (i.e., EU or Overseas) applying for the MPhil or the PhD may apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides full fees and maintenance for 95 new Scholars per year across the University. The application deadlines are, however, very early, especially for candidates from the USA (as early as 15th October for entry the following October), so please check the Graduate Admissions Office deadlines and the Gates Cambridge website.

Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust 

The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust was established on 1 August 2013. The Trust, which is an Exempt Charity, was formed from the merger of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust, both of which were established as charities by the University of Cambridge in the 1980s in order to provide financial support for international students on degree courses at Cambridge. Full information about the scholarships is available from the Cambridge, Commonwealth, European and International Trust website.

Santander Scholarships

MPhil students will automatically be considered for a Cambridge Santander Scholarship (£10,000) provided that it is indicated upon application that they wish to be considered for support from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust. These scholarships are actively promoted towards students in the Santander Network Universities in non-EU countries. They are partial awards, designed to help towards course fees and/or maintenance costs. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit.

Gibson Spanish Scholarship

Applicants who wish to study Latin American literature or culture (including film and visual arts) may be eligible for a Gibson Spanish Scholarship, which provides part-funding for the MPhil or PhD. Scholarships awarded are generally in the region of £3000 to £4000 per year and are tenable for up to three years. They are open to any student currently, or about to be, registered as a graduate student at the university. The deadline is usually in May each year, for students wishing to start a course in October of the same year. More information is posted in late November here (follow the link to 'Funding Opportunities' at the bottom of the page).

Other Sources

Venezuelan women students should apply to the Menca de Leoni Studentship (via Newnham College) which offers a substantial partial studentship to a Venezuelan woman wishing to read for the MPhil in any subject. Information is available here: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/reporter/2007-08/special/06/184.html

PhD funding for Home/EU and International applicants

Research Council Awards (AHRC and ESRC - Home/EU students only)

British and EU applicants may seek funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) or the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), so long as the proposed thesis project falls within the fields eligible for funding by the Research Council in question. You are advised to consult their joint guidance on subject coverageFurther information on the AHRC application procedure is available here, and you should also read this detailed information on how to apply for AHRC funding. Further information on the ESRC application procedure may be found here. Applicants wishing to be considered for ESRC funding should submit a research proposal that falls under one of the five broad areas of enquiry set out here

Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust (international applicants only)

The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust was established on 1 August 2013. The Trust, which is an Exempt Charity, was formed from the merger of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust, both of which were established as charities by the University of Cambridge in the 1980s in order to provide financial support for international students on degree courses at Cambridge. Full information about the scholarships is available from the Cambridge, Commonwealth, European and International Trust website.

Vice Chancellor's Awards (all applicants)

The Vice Chancellor's awards are made to the most outstanding applicants for the PhD, across all subjects. There is no application form for this funding; as long as you have applied for admission/continuation by the deadline you will automatically be considered for this competition.

Gibson Spanish Scholarship (all applicants)

Applicants who wish to study Latin American literature or culture (including film and visual arts) may be eligible for a Gibson Spanish Scholarship, which provides part-funding for the MPhil or PhD. Scholarships awarded are generally in the region of £3000 to £4000 per year and are tenable for up to three years. They are open to any student currently, or about to be, registered as a graduate student at the university. The deadline is usually in May each year, for students wishing to start a course in October of the same year. More information is posted in late November here (follow the link to 'Funding Opportunities' at the bottom of the page).