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Please note that this application process is new for 2022. We thank you in advance for your patience whilst we adjust to using the new process. 


Financial assistance is available to support Postgraduate Research (PGR) self-funded students impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Cambridge is committed to assisting students who have had to delay submission of their thesis but have had no opportunity to receive extended funding. Students meeting the criteria below can apply for an enhanced award from the PG Hardship scheme of up to £3,700 (rather than the usual £2,000). This is equivalent to 3 months of maintenance at the PG Admissions rate.  


You will be eligible to apply for PGR CAS if you meet all of the below:  

  • You are registered for a PGR course (eg PhD) at the University of Cambridge 

  • You are in your final year of study (3rd year of PhD or beyond, up to a maximum of 6th year, ie between terms 7-18, or the part-time equivalent)

  • You are currently self-funded for all or part of your course or have become self-funded if sponsorship has ended (and cannot be extended) 

  • You have not already benefited from a Covid-19 related extension to your doctoral funding and are unable to secure extended funding from another source (eg funding sponsor) 

  • You are in financial need due to the impact of Covid-19 on the progress of your research or your source of funding

  • You have not yet submitted your soft bound thesis 

  • You are eligible for the PG Hardship Fund in all respects.  

In addition, students must have considered adapting their project and mitigating the impact of Covid-19 disruption before making an application to the PGR CAS.  

How much support is available? 

You may apply for up to £3,700 from the PGR CAS scheme in addition to £2,000 from the Postgraduate Hardship Fund.  

How to apply  

Please ensure you complete the following steps before completing the application form:

  1. Talk to your Academic Supervisor and College Tutor about applying 
  2. Read the eligibility criteria above to ensure you are eligible 
  3. Read the application guidance 

Word copy of Postgraduate Hardship Fund application form - please see section 5 for the questions you will be asked if you intend to apply to the PGR CAS fund. 

Applications will be open during 2021/22 and will continue for the next academic year 2022/23.