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Scholarships & funding

There are a range of scholarships available to MBA students, from Cambridge Judge Business School bursaries and University of Cambridge and College scholarships to external funding. If you want financial assistance with fees through scholarships, it's essential to apply for the Cambridge MBA early. Please note that many University scholarships' application deadlines are as early as October for many applicants. All scholarships and bursaries are awarded before the start of the academic year. There are no funds that can be awarded after the School year has started, and candidates should not make financial plans assuming that they will receive funds after they have started the programme.

Cambridge Judge Business School provides a number of scholarships and bursaries to MBA students each year. We have grouped these into tables with the categories:

  • Sector of work experience
  • Nationality
  • Women
  • Academic achievement
  • Other scholarships

All scholarships and bursaries are awarded before the start of the academic year. There are no funds that can be awarded after the School year has started, and candidates should not make financial plans assuming that they will receive funds after they have started the programme.

Sector of work experience

Sector Scholarship Amount Eligibility Deadline
Beyond Profit Sainsbury Bursary Scheme

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£14,000-£28,000 Candidates with three years' work experience within the charitable or voluntary sectors, with priority given to UK citizens working in the UK; should have strong support from their employer, or evidence of an ongoing commitment to the charitable or voluntary sectors, and a clear idea of how they would use the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA programme to develop their career within the charitable or voluntary sectors. 5 May
Media Culture, Arts and Media Bursary

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£10,000 Outstanding candidates with a media background, whether in journalism, the creative process of production or in financing media projects. 5 May
Military Military Personnel Scholarship

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£10,000 Outstanding candidates from the military. 5 May
Engineering LyondellBasell Cambridge MBA Scholarship

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£33,000 Candidates with a process engineering background, including those who have worked in pharma and oil and gas. 5 May
Finance Ruth Whaley Bursary for Women in Finance

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£10,000 Women working in the finance sector. 5 May

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Scholarships for women only

Scholarship Amount Eligibility Deadline
30% Club Scholarship

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50 per cent fee reduction All female candidates from any industry sector. 5 March
Girton College Ruth Whaley Scholarship £5,000 Female candidates who meet the entry requirements for the Cambridge MBA programme and have a GMAT of 720 or above. You will need to specify Girton College as your College preference and apply to be a member of this College in order to be considered for this scholarship. Rolling until awarded
Ruth Whaley Bursary for Women in Finance

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£10,000 Women working in the finance sector. 5 May
Sidney Sussex College Hanadi Jabado Scholarship

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£5,000 Female candidates from Lebanon. You will need to specify Sidney Sussex College as your College preference and apply to be a member of this College in order to be considered for this scholarship. 5 May
Sidney Sussex College Joyce Coutu Scholarship

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£1,000 Female candidates from North America with a 1st or 2:1 or GPA over 3.5, a GMAT score of 680 GMAT and three years' post-grad work. You will need to specify Sidney Sussex College as your College preference and apply to be a member of this College in order to be considered for this scholarship. 5 May

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Academic achievement

Scholarship Amount Eligibility Deadline
Boustany Foundation Scholarship

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£20,000 towards tuition fees. In addition college fees and travel & accommodation expenses related to the internship will be covered by the Foundation. All candidates, but priority given to Lebanese nationals; should demonstrate an excellent academic background, high intellectual potential, leadership, ambition and a strong sense of ethics. 5 May
Maissa Karim Scholarship

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£2,500 Candidates with a strong academic background for whom the MBA would not be a possible undertaking without some form of financial support. 5 May
St Catharine's College Benavitch Scholarship

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£10,000 All candidates with a 1st or 2:1 or GPA over 3.7, a GMAT score of 700 and three years' post-grad work. This scholarship is only tenable at St Catharine's College. 23 Feb (candidates should submit their MBA application by 8 Jan)

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Other scholarships

Scholarship Amount Eligibility Deadline
Boustany Foundation Scholarship

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£20,000 towards tuition fees. In addition college fees and travel & accommodation expenses related to the internship will be covered by the Foundation. All candidates, but priority given to Lebanese nationals; should demonstrate an excellent academic background, high intellectual potential, leadership, ambition and a strong sense of ethics. 5 May
Cambridge Judge Business School Merit-based Bursaries

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£2,500-£15,000 Rolling until awarded  

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Nationality

Nationality Scholarship Amount Eligibility Deadline
African Africa Regional Bursary

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£18,000 African nationals who have accepted an offer to the Cambridge MBA. Selection for the bursary will be based on a combination of the strength of the application and financial need. 5 May
Angolan EY scholarships for Angolan residents

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Full scholarship including tuition and college fees, reasonable living expenses and the cost of one return economy class flight to Angola. Candidates must be resident in Angola and meet the minimum requirements for entry onto the MBA programme. Applicants are required to submit an essay on how they intend to use their accumulated learning to contribute to sustainable development upon their return to Angola. Rolling until awarded
Lebanese Sidney Sussex College Hanadi Jabado Scholarship

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£5,000 Female candidates from Lebanon. You will need to specify Sidney Sussex College as your college preference and apply to be a member of this college in order to be considered for this scholarship. 5 May
North American Sidney Sussex College Joyce Coutu Scholarship

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£1,000 Female candidates from North America with a 1st or 2:1 or GPA over 3.5, a GMAT score of 680 GMAT and three years' post-grad work. You will need to specify Sidney Sussex College as your college preference and apply to be a member of this college in order to be considered for this scholarship. 5 May
South African Professor Jochen Runde Scholarship

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£15,000 Candidates from South Africa; any industry sector 5 May

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The University of Cambridge offers a range of scholarships each year, and most of these can be viewed via the University's funding search tool.

Two of the major funding bodies at Cambridge that consider applicants for the MBA and MFin degrees are:

If you are interested in applying for these awards you should first visit the websites above, which contain full information. You can apply for both of these funding opportunities using the shared application form - Gates Cambridge and Cambridge Trust application form 2016/17. You will then be considered for all the awards offered for which you are eligible.

All scholarships and bursaries are awarded before the start of the academic year. There are no funds that can be awarded after the School year has started, and candidates should not make financial plans assuming that they will receive funds after they have started the programme.

Please note that the deadline for applying for Cambridge funding is early in the admissions cycle and it is therefore essential that you apply to the Cambridge MBA early if you wish to be considered for these scholarships.

Deadlines for the funding opportunities above for 2016/17 entry are available from the University's deadline funding page. In summary:

  • US citizens based in the USA must apply by 14 October 2015
  • All other eligible candidates must apply by 2 December 2015

Candidates must apply to the Cambridge MBA and for the specific scholarship separately.

A number of organisations fund students to undertake MBAs. Although we have listed some organisations here which have funded our MBA students in the past, no list is ever exhaustive and we recommend that you research whether organisations in your country provide scholarships or loans for those studying an MBA. All scholarships and bursaries are awarded before the start of the academic year. There are no funds that can be awarded after the School year has started, and candidates should not make financial plans assuming that they will receive funds after they have started the programme. These scholarships are not administered by Cambridge Judge Business School, so you must contact these organisations directly:

Scholarship Amount Eligibility Deadline
Aga Khan Foundation

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50% grant, 50% loan Students from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada under 30 years of age 31 Mar
British Council Scholarships

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Varies Candidates from approximately 160 countries. Varies
Cambridge Society Bombay Scholarships

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Up to Indian rupees 250,000 Candidates domiciled in the Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa who have secured admission at a college at the University of Cambridge for undergraduate, postgraduate or short duration courses. To apply for the scholarship, please provide information pertaining to your academic career in India, extracurricular activities and proof of admission. The selection process will also be based on personal interviews. Varies
Chevening Scholarships

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Varies from part to full funding Applicants must be resident in their home country at the time of their application, and must return to that country on completion of the programme. Varies from country to country
Colfuturo Scholarship/Loan

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Up to US$25,000 Colombians, who must return to Colombia within one year of finishing their programmes in order to qualify for a scholarship comprising a 50% waiver of the loan. May
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

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Tuition fees and various expenses Commonwealth citizens and British protected persons permanently resident in any Commonwealth country other than the United Kingdom who are under 35 years of age. December
CONACYT Scholarship

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Tuition fees and living expenses This award provides part funding for tuition fees and living expenses and is for Mexicans. Varies
Fundação Estudar

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Varies Brazilians with the potential to become leaders in their areas of expertise and help in the growth of the country. March
General Sir Monash Awards

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AU$50,000 Australians. August
Global-Asia Management Programme

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Tuition fees and a monthly living allowance Singapore citizens with the potential to become future leaders and partners in top companies, who are willing to complete an internship as well as a two-year service commitment with one of EBD's partner companies. TBC
Japan-IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) Scholarship

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Full tuition and living expenses Citizens of the Japan-IDB's 26 borrowing member countries (in Latin America and the Caribbean) who have two years' work experience in a public agency or research/teaching organisation. May
Jean Monet - Entente Cordiale Scholarships

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Up to £10,000 Young French people who are aiming at a top management career. April
Khazanah Cambridge Scholarship

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Full tuition, living expenses, return air passage and other allowances Malaysian citizens who are aiming at a top management career. February
Luys Foundation

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Maximum of 50% of tuition fees, living expenses, maintenance and travel costs Applicants must be citizens of Armenia or of Armenian Descent.  
Maxis Scholarship for Excellence

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Full tuition fees and living expenses Malaysian citizens under 30 years of age. Rolling until awarded
McKinsey & Company LGBT Leadership Award


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€2500 Open to incoming and current MBA students across Western Europe - individuals who have demonstrated leadership through significant contributions to the LGBT community. 26 Sep
O'Reilly Foundation Scholarships

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EUR 25,000 Residents of Ireland with a willingness to contribute to Ireland's welfare post-MBA. November
Rotary International Global Grants

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Up to US$30,000 citizens of countries in which there are Rotary Clubs. Varies from country to country - between March and July
Sampoerna Foundation MBA Scholarships

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Full funding Indonesians January
SIM-You Poh Seng Scholarship

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Up to SGD 100,000 for tuition fees and study allowance Singaporeans. May
USA-UK Fulbright Scholarship

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Tuition and maintenance Must be US citizens and have a genuine desire to learn more about the United Kingdom and share with British citizens aspects of American culture October

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