Scholarships and Bursaries
Some of these are funded from the College's own endowments, others are provided in partnership with other funding bodies. Some are restricted to particular subjects or students from particular countries. Not all scholarships and studentships are available every year.
Please see a list of some of the major sources of graduate funding at Magdalene below, and contact the Graduate Office if you have any questions about eligibility or application proceedure.
Magdalene College Funds
Leslie Wilson Major Scholarships (PhD)
The Leslie Wilson Fund provides one to two full studentships (University Composition Fee plus maintenance costs) per annum for PhD students at Magdalene.* It is open to applicants for all subjects and nationalities. Applicants are expected to apply for other sources of funding and the Leslie Wilson Major award will be adjusted to take other funds received into consideration. The minimum amount awarded will be £500 p/a.
* In recent years, Magdalene has worked with the Cambridge Trusts to create matched funding packages in order to offer two Leslie Wilson Major scholarships.
Leslie Wilson Minor (PhD)
Magdalene undergraduates who achieve a First Class result and continue to study for a PhD at Magdalene are automatically considered Leslie Wilson Minor scholars and awarded a scholarship of up to £500.
John L. Goulandris Scholarship (Masters/PhD)
The Goulandris Scholarship may be awarded to either a Masters-level or PhD student of Greek nationality. There are no restrictions with regard to subject. Applicants are expected to apply for other sources of funding and the Goulandris award will be adjusted to take other funds received into consideration.
Roosevelt Scholarship (MPhil)
A Roosevelt Scholarship is available each year for a UK or Canadian citizen pursuing a course of study for the degree of MPhil, in a subject relevant to Anglo-American relations. The scholarship provides funds of up to £11,000 towards maintenance costs.
Standard Bank Derek Cooper Scholarships (MPhil)
Three full-cost MPhil scholarships (composition fee plus maintainance costs) for students who are nationals of, or ordinarily resident in, selected countries in Africa. Preference is given to those applying to study MPhils in the fields of Economics, Education, Engineering for Sustainable Developemnt, Finance, and Management. Applicants for the MBA and MFin are not eligible.
Magdalene College Partnership Funds
Mandela Magdalene Scholarship for South Africa (MPhil)
The Mandela Magdalene Scholarship is a full one-year MPhil scholarship (composition fee plus maintainance costs) for a citizen or resident of South Africa. Preference may be given to applicants intending to study a subject relevant to the development of South Africa.
Clutton-Brock Scholarship for Zimbabwe (Masters/PhD)
The Clutton-Brock Scholarship is funded jointly by Magdalene College and the Cambridge Trusts and provides a full scholarship to a citizen of Zimbabwe pursuing a course of graduate study towards the award of a Cambridge degree. The scholaship may be awarded for one, two, or three years.
Jardine Foundation Scholarships (Masters/PhD)
Magdalene is one of four Cambridge colleges able to recommend eligible students for a Jardine Foundation Graduate Scholarship. The Jardine Foundation considers a number of applications each year for students from certain countries in Southeast Asia. They are full scholarships (composition fee plus maintainance costs), are available for most graduate degree courses (one, two, or three year), and are not restricted by subject.
Magdalene Marshall Scholarship (Masters/PhD)
The Marshall Scholarship is a one, two, or three year scholarship for US citizens. It can be used to fund one or two masters degrees (depending on course length) or a PhD. It is a full scholarship, covering fees and maintenance costs. The Magdalene Marshall Scholar has a designated room in the College, which they are allocated for their first year.
Newton Trust/Magdalene College Awards (MPhil)
Two MPhil scholarships, each worth £12,000, are available each year to citizens or residents of the United Kingdom. The scholarships are funded jointly by the College and the Newton Trust, and are not restricted by subject.
Other Financial Support at Magdalene
Graduate Tutor's Research Fund
The Graduate Tutor is able to award modest grants to graduate students to assist with the costs of research and attendance at conferences. Additionally, for those living in College accommodation, some rebate on College room rent is available when away on research trips lasting longer than two weeks.
The College has a Student Support Fund to provide help to graduate students facing significant and unforeseen financial hardship.
Cambridge Bursary Scheme
Some graduates, notably those studying Clinical Medicine or Clinical Veterinary Medicine, may be eligible for support under the Cambridge Bursary Scheme. Eligible students will be sent the appropriate forms automatically by the Tutorial Office.
Beyond the College
In addition to the funds listed above, which are particular to students studying at Magdalene, there are a large number of funding bodies external to the College from whom our students have been successful in receiving significant funding over the years. Bodies that have provided funding to a large number of Magdalene graduate students in recent years include:
Those included in the Cambridge Graduate Funding Competition
Other sources of funding in the University may be found via the Cambridge Funding Search.