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Funding opportunities for prospective graduate students

Various sources of funding exist for those wishing to pursue study at the Institute of Criminology. The following is a summary of available awards of which we are aware.

University funding competitions:

For information on how to apply for these studentships see the funding pages of the Graduate Admissions website

A variety of centrally administered funding opportunities exist for graduate students. It is important to understand that the competition for full studentships is intense, but we encourage you to indicate that you would like to be considered for the competitions. The funding pages of the Graduate Admissions website provide comprehensive information about how to apply for funding and a search tool which allows you to search for the competitions you are eligible for.

The Institute is pleased to say that, in general, Criminology students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies such as the ESRC, Gates Cambridge, and the Cambridge Trust.

For further information about ESRC studentships, see: here

Further information on Gates Cambridge can be found: here

Further information on the Cambridge Trust can be found: here

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership:

The Institute is pleased to participate in a new 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.

You can find out more about ESRC DTP studentships here:

Please contact the Graduate Administrator to discuss your interest in applying for a DTP studentship.

Institute of Criminology specific funding schemes :

For information on how to apply for these studentships contact the Graduate Administrator

Wakefield Scholarships: are for persons intending to pursue a course of advanced study or research at the Institute. Scholarships are awarded from the benefaction of Mrs Priscilla Mitchell (née Wakefield) in memory of her brother, Captain Edward Roger Wakefield, and also in recognition of the historic work of her forebears, Edward Gibbon Wakefield, Daniel Bell Wakefield, William Hayward Wakefield, and Arthur Wakefield in the development of New Zealand, South Australia, and Canada in the nineteenth century.

Wakefield Scholarships are open to any person who was born or educated in Australia, Canada, or New Zealand. If two or more candidates born or educated in Australia are equally well qualified, preference is given to a candidate who was born or educated in South Australia. Scholarships are awarded annually, but Wakefield Scholars are eligible for re-election, provided that the tenure of a Scholarship does not normally exceed three years in all. The annual value of a Scholarship is determined by the Managers of the Wakefield Fund at the time of election, taking into account the financial circumstances of applicants. Awards do not usually exceed the full value of University and College fees.

Manuel López-Ray Studentship: The Manuel López-Rey Studentship in Criminology is awarded from the Manuel López-Rey Fund, given to the University by Mrs Grace López-Rey in memory of her husband, Professor Manuel López-Rey, a former Visiting Fellow of the Institute. The Studentship is open to any person who is, or is about to be, registered as a graduate student in Criminology at the University. However, the Committee of Management of the Institute (which administers this fund) may give preference to candidates who are citizens of countries in which, in the opinion of the Committee, there is a particular need for the development of the study of Criminology (e.g. developing countries). Studentships are normally awarded for one year only. The value of a Studentship is determined by the Committee at the time of the election, taking into account the financial circumstances of the applicant. The Studentship may not be available in every academic year.

The Institute of Criminology Studentship

This is a Ph.D studentship (fixed term) for Home/EU students (full-time or part time). The Studentship may not be available in every academic year.

MSt in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management

Students who are self-funding are able to apply for a small bursary (maximum value of £1500 per person), and should do so by sending a short letter (maximum one page) to Dr Ben Crewe ( outlining why they merit support. Funding is limited and we cannot guarantee an award to any single applicant.

Other potential funding sources:

Chevening Scholarships

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for Chevening Scholarships, funded by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The selection criteria and other details for these can be found on the Chevening website. The applicant's organisation will normally be required to contribute a proportion of the funds.

Other Funding for Overseas Students

Overseas students at the Institute have in recent years been supported by various institutions, including the British Council, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the Fulbright-Hays programme, the Rotary Foundation, the Canada Council, the Laidlow Foundation, the Rhodes Trust. You will need to look at the organizational websites for information.

College Funding

Studentships and scholarships are offered by many of the Colleges. Some may be of particular interest to criminology applicants, including the Tapp Studentships at Gonville and Caius College. Please see the college websites for details of college funding opportunities and how to apply for these.


The Graduate Admissions website provides details on loans available to UK and overseas students , including UK Government Postgraduate Loans (for Masters courses), UK Private Graduate Loans (Professional and Career Development Loans), US Loans, Canadian Loans and Indian Loans.

Deadlines for funding applications:

For University Graduate Funding competitions please note the following deadlines:

Gates funding (USA citizens) should apply by 12:00 UK time on 11 October 2017 .

All other applicants should apply by 12:00 UK time on 4 January 2018 .

For Institute of Criminology funding the deadline for MPhil applications to the Wakefield and Manuel Lopez-Rey studentships is 31 May 2018. Further information about the Institute of Criminology studentship is available from the Graduate Administrator.