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Harding Distinguished Scholars Programme at the University of Cambridge

Deadline : January 7, 2020 .  

Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships provide outstanding PhD students with life-changing opportunities to research and study at the University of Cambridge. These fully funded Scholarships are available to the most talented students in any discipline, from all parts of the UK and the world.

The aim of the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme is to support outstanding PhD students in any discipline. At least 25 PhD students will receive a prestigious Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship annually creating a cohort of the strongest PhD students in any given year across a diverse range of subject areas.

A significant proportion of the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships (25-33% each year) will be at St Catharine’s College. The larger group at St Catharine’s College reflects David Harding’s previous association with the College. However, the remainder will be distributed so as to guarantee excellent postgraduate students across the whole Collegiate University.


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A Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship covers the following costs for PhD students:

  • the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate for the duration of your course
  • a maintenance allowance (living costs) of £18,000 per year for the three-year duration of your research, with the option to receive maintenance funding in a fourth year, should this be required
  • a research allowance (for expenditure on research-related activities and consumables, for example, books, fieldwork and conference attendance) of up to £6,000 for the three-year duration of your research.


  • Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships are available to candidates applying to pursue a full-time residential PhD course of study at the University of Cambridge.
  • Scholarships are open to PhD students of any nationality and in any discipline.
  • You will automatically be considered for a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship if:
    1. You complete the funding section of the Graduate Application form when making your application for PhD study via the Applicant Portal, and you apply by the funding deadline for your course.
    2. You go on to be highly scored in the Postgraduate Funding Competition by the Department or Faculty to which you have applied.
    3. You have applied to one of the eligible Cambridge Colleges.


You can apply for admission to a PhD course, a College place and various sources of funding via the University’s Graduate Applicant Portal.

When making your online application, please ensure you indicate that you wish to be considered for funding and complete the funding section. Applicants who do not complete this section will not be considered for Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships.

To apply Click Here

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For more information, visit Harding Scholars Programme

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