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Centre of Development Studies


Fees and Funding Overview

You can find full information about course fees on the Postgraduate Admissions website. 

You can find full information about possible sources of funding on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

The University maintains the CamFunds database of awards offered by Colleges to prospective students. 

Please note that there are firm deadlines for applications in order to be considered for funding (please see Deadlines for further information).

Part-time applicants from outside the UK should note that visa restrictions may apply, and that not all sources of funding are available to part-time students. It is the responsibility of the student to find out this information.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The Centre is pleased to participate in the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Cambridge.  A range of studentships are available across the social sciences at Cambridge; if you are interested in how society works and how it can handle global challenges, a DTP studentship will give you a world-class training programme, with access to leading international scholars both at Cambridge and other DTPs, and a wide community of fellow social scientists. 

Students who tick 'Required Funding' on their Application Form and who comply with the 'fee status' and 'residency' requirements will automatically be considered to ESRC funding.  Please see the links below for more details on the aforementioned criteria.

You can find out more about ESRC DTP studentships here: and here  

The Centre can only nominate 4 applicants, from both MPhil and PhD programmes.  The applications received by the Centre are scored on academic merit, references and research potential.  Those achieving the highest scores will be put forward and those students will be required to complete a form which will be sent to them by the PhD Administrator (  

Please do bear in mind that, should you be successful, this grant will require strict termly progress throughout the PhD programme, in order to demonstrate the student's continued eligibility to the funds.

Jameel Education Foundation Cambridge Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by Cambridge Trusts for those researching in Sustainable Organic Desert Agriculture. Further information and how to apply can be found here.