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Postgraduate students who have received funding towards their course from a funding sponsor are expected to have contacted their sponsor for additional support before applying to the University’s Hardship Funds.  

Students who cannot gain additional support from their funder are eligible to apply to the University Hardship Funds. 

University-managed funds

Students who receive a maintenance stipend from funds managed within the collegiate University (including Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Harding, Departments and Colleges and UKRI DTPs and CDTs) and who need an extension of funding should contact their funder in the first instance.

Information about applying for a funded extension from Cambridge funders is listed below:

  • Cambridge Trust: The Cambridge Trust will consider applications for extended funding on a case-by-case basis in the term before the end of the current funding period. The Cambridge Trust provide a form and guidance on their website.
  • Gates Cambridge: Gates Cambridge will consider applications for extended funding on a case-by-case basis. Information for their scholars is available online.
  • University Trust funds: The University Trust funds managed by the Student Funding team (SSC) will align with UKRI policy and will consider applications on a case by case basis.
  • Research Council: contact your Research Council Administrator for information on the support available.  
  • Department/Faculty funding: contact your Department to enquire about the possibility of applying for a funding extension
  • College funding: contact your College to enquire about the possibility of applying for a funding extension
  • Other funding: contact the administrator or Managers of your funding to enquire about the possibility of applying for a funding extension.

External funders

Students will need to contact their own funder to enquire about the possibility of funded extensions.

Some funders also provide financial support for other incidental costs – students should contact their funding body for more details.