The College has two funds to assist graduate students with research-related expenses, one for travel (e.g. to conferences), and one for other essential items such as books, software, meeting registrations, etc. In addition, there are funds available to specific categories of students; e.g. those studying Engineering, Theology or Mathematics, former pupils of Nottingham High School, or those travelling overseas to carry out biological or anthropological research.  Please contact us if you think you might be eligible.

College hardship funds are also available for those who meet unexpected financial difficulties during their course.


A thesis binding grant, currently £100, is available to all PhD students on submission of their thesis.

Bursaries, Grants and Prizes at Selwyn

You can read about the range of scholarships, bursaries and financial support available to graduate and undergraduate students at Selwyn at

Sykes Studentship in Italian

The Sykes Studentship enters its second year at Selwyn, offering a new, fully-funded studentship for MPhil students focusing on Italian studies or doctoral candidates reading for a PhD in any field of Italian studies. The Sykes Studentship in Italian will be awarded for entry in October 2017. The Studentship is open to exceptionally well-qualified candidates, of outstanding academic potential, who intend to study at the College for an MML MPhil with a focus on Italian Studies or a PhD degree in Italian. Graduates of any University may apply. Eligible applicants must have applied for admission, or already received an offer of admission to the University of Cambridge. The Studentship will be tenable for one year in the case of an MPhil and three years in the case of a PhD. The maximum award that will be made will comprise the University Composition Fee at the applicable Home/EU rate and a discretionary Maintenance award.

Those wishing to be considered for the Selwyn Sykes Studentship should apply to the University in the normal manner, indicating their preference for Selwyn College.  The successful applicant will be selected by the College, in consultation with the Department of Italian, and must become a member of Selwyn College on taking up the Studentship. Please consult the Italian Department announcement for the full details:

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the Department in advance to discuss their research interests and postgraduate plans. The current postgraduate coordinator is: Prof Robert Gordon

Hamilton Cambridge International Scholarship

Selwyn College and the Cambridge Trust occasionally offer a Hamilton Cambridge International Scholarship. The scholarship is for a non-EU PhD student in any subject, and will cover University and College fees plus an annual stipend for three years. Applicants should specify Selwyn as their preferred College on the University of Cambridge application form, and indicate that they are applying for the Hamilton Scholarship.  The next award will be made in 2017.

Bowman Scholarship

Selwyn College offers the Bowman Scholarship each year. It is intended to assist with the fees and maintenance of a former member of Nottingham High School studying for an advanced degree at the University of Cambridge or a BA degree as an affiliated student.   It is only tenable for Selwyn College. For further details please see Bowman_Scholarship.pdf

For information about the new Postgraduate Master's Loan, please see (Please pay close attention to the rules on eligibility, as not everyone is eligible. Though UK part-time students are.)

For more funding options please see