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Students with CHESS awards which commenced on or after 1 October 2014 should contact: the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust for information on their award (Cambridge.trust@admin.cam.ac.uk)

Students with CHESS awards that commenced prior to 1 October 2014 should contact the Scholarships Administrator (graduate.funding@admin.cam.ac.uk)

Progress

To continue your award from year to year (doctoral only), your supervisor must provide a satisfactory report of your progress on the online system: Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System (by July).

Payments

'Full' Award

You will receive:

  • University Fees
  • Maintenance grant

'Fees-Only' Award

You will receive:

  • University Fees

'Bursary' Award

  • Maintenance Bursary

Maintenance payments
Full award holders will receive their maintenance quarterly by BACS paid directly into their UK bank account. In order to receive your first instalment of your award you will need to provide your UK bank account details and register in person at the Student Registry at the start of Michaelmas Term.

Fee payments
All award holders have their combined fees paid for by their award. Colleges are notified by us that you will be funded in this way but if you receive a fee bill from your college please advise them to redirect it to the Student Registry.

Overpayment
If you suspend or withdraw from study during your award, you are not entitled to any maintenance or fee payments from the date you suspend/withdraw from study. If any funds have been paid to you in advance, you must refund CHSS/CHESS (via Student Registry) immediately. See 'Suspension of award' below.

Maintenance Payments Schedule:

Expected payment date To cover period
On or around 1st October 1 Oct - 31 Dec
On or around 1st January 1 Jan - 31 Mar
On or around 1st April 1 Apr - 30 Jun
On or around 1st July 1 Jul - 30 Sep

If you have not received payment when expected, please contact Hugo Hocknell.

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Suspension (Intermission of Award)

The reasons for which you can suspend your award. There is a separate application process for this in addition to your University application to intermit.

Please complete the application form below and submit it to the Scholarships Administrator (graduate.funding@admin.cam.ac.uk)

You will also need to apply for University Intermission of Studies. Application to intermit can take some time to be fully approved, so please inform the Scholarships Administrator (graduate.funding@admin.cam.ac.uk) about your award as soon as you think you may have to suspend, so that we can stop the next maintenance payment - otherwise you will have to return any overpayments to CHSS/CHESS (via the Student Registry).

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Maternity/Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave

The maximum Maternity Leave allowance is 6 months' fully paid extension and up to 6 months' unpaid suspension of your award directly afterwards. To apply, please complete the 'Suspension Request Application Form' below and return it with a copy of your MATB1 form to Hugo Hocknell.

You will also need to apply for University Intermission of Studies. Application to intermit can take some time to be fully approved, so please inform the Scholarships Administrator (graduate.funding@admin.cam.ac.uk) about your award as soon as you think you may have to suspend, so that we can stop the next maintenance payment - otherwise you will have to return any overpayments to CHSS/CHESS (via the Student Registry).

Paternity Leave

It is possible to claim up to two weeks' Paternity Leave.

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Permanent Withdrawal

If you need to leave your course you must take 3 actions:

  1. Initiate Withdrawal from the University from your Self-Service. The date of withdrawal will mark the end of eligibility for award benefits.
  2. Contact the Student Registry by e-mail immediately to signal your intention. The Scholarshps Administrator will discuss the implications with you and advise you how to avoid repayments (as maintenance is paid in advance).
  3. Download withdrawal application form below and return to the Scholarships Administrator (graduate.funding@admin.cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible via hard copy or scanned

Once an award is terminated it is not possible to reinstate an award.

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Change of Status (e.g. from full-time to part-time)

It is possible to change your status award, please contact Hugo Hocknell for further information. There is a separate application process for this in addition to your University application.

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Submitting Your Thesis

Please notify us if you intend to submit your thesis prior to your award end date, so that we can advise you on any implications this may have on your maintenance and fees.

The CHSS/CHESS Award requires you to submit your thesis within one year of the end date of your award. If for any reason you are unable to meet this deadline please contact the Scholarships Administrator (graduate.funding@admin.cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible.

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