Cambridge Australia Scholarships

Cambridge Australia Scholarships support Australia's brightest graduates to follow their dreams and undertake Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge. Around 1,000 Australians have been supported through the scholarships, with up to ten PhD scholarships and a number of Masters degree half-scholarships offered each year.

Applications open

1 Sep 2021

Applications closed

7 Jan 2022

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Tuition fee exemption
Fee remission
College fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

$40,000 - $80,000

Applicable study areas

Agriculture, animal studies, food science and veterinary science; Architecture, building and planning; Computing and Information; Education, teaching and training; Engineering; Environment and natural resources; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies; Law, legal studies and criminology; Medicine, dentistry, health and welfare; Music; Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television; Sciences and mathematics

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 10

  • "A Cambridge Australia Scholarship was my ticket to the mecca of wildlife conservation research – the David Attenborough Building at the University of Cambridge – where I’m now undertaking my PhD in Zoology. Every day I am surrounded by passionate and intelligent people who aren’t afraid to think seriously about our planet’s major challenges in one of the world’s oldest yet most vibrant academic communities."
    Read Phil Erm's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • Have a degree from a recognised Australian university, and
    • Have gained admission to the University of Cambridge to undertake a PhD degree.

    Refer to the Cambridge Australia Scholarships website for further information.

  • Application process

    Applications for this scholarship need to be made directly through the Graduate Admissions Office at the University of Cambridge, that is, students apply for admission to Cambridge and indicate that they wish to be considered for funding including merit-based scholarships.

    You can apply for admission to a postgraduate degree, a College place and various sources of funding (including the Cambridge Australia Scholarship) via the University of Cambridge's Graduate Applicant Portal.

    If applicants are successful in obtaining a place at Cambridge, they will be given a conditional offer by the Graduate Admissions office. These applicants will then be considered for any awards for which they are eligible, including the Cambridge Australia Scholarships.

    Note that deadline to apply for the scholarship is specific to the Cambridge course you wish to enrol in. Further information is available from the Cambridge Australia Scholarships website and YouTube video. For enquiries, please use the Cambridge Australia Scholarships contact form.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Interviews are required for Cambridge Australia Masters Scholarships, but are not required, at this point, for other scholarships. Applicants who have been successful in their application for funding will be notified by the end of March (for PhDs) or in June/July (for Masters) for entry in October.

  • Variations of this award

    In addition to the “Cambridge Australia Scholarships”, these scholarships for Masters students are also offered:

    - Davis McCaughey Cambridge Australia Scholarships. This may cover both full and/or half of the costs associated with coursework Masters degrees (except MBA).
    - The Cambridge Australia A. P. Platt Scholarships. This may cover half the costs associated with the coursework Masters degrees (except MBA).

    Refer to the Cambridge Australia Scholarships website for further information.

What are the benefits?

The full scholarship is approximately $80,000 per annum inclusive of university fees and a maintenance allowance at the single student rate set for graduate admission.

The duration of the award is up to 3 years for PhD students.

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