Financial support

Cambridge Bursary Scheme for UK and EU students

At least a third of Churchill UK and EU Undergraduates were eligible for a Cambridge Bursary last year of up to £3,500. The scheme is based on assessment of household income by the Student Loans Company so you must apply for a student loan for maintenance (UK students) or tuition fees (EU students) in order to be automatically assessed for a bursary under this scheme and you have to reapply to the SLC each year of your course. If your household income is less than £42,620 p.a. you should be eligible for a Bursary.

In order to be assessed for a Cambridge Bursary, you must not tick the box opting out of sharing financial information with the University in your SLC application.

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The scheme is centrally administered and the Bursary is paid directly to you by the SLC but the College contributes almost half the cost. Some Cambridge Bursaries for Churchill College students are named after supporters who have donated the money to enable those from less privileged backgrounds to come to the College. There is a requirement to demonstrate continuing academic endeavour throughout the course as well as continuing financial need as assessed by the SLC.

These include:

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Bursaries

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is offering bursaries at Churchill College Cambridge, worth up to £2,000 a year. The College will invite all eligible prospective students to apply when they are made an offer of a place. These bursaries are intended to ensure that students are able to take up the great opportunity afforded to them by the prospect of studying at Cambridge University and Churchill College. The joint initiative underlines both the Trust’s ethos and the College’s commitment to widening access to Cambridge University.


To be eligible to apply for a Bursary you must be a UK citizen who is holding an offer of a place (conditionally or unconditionally) at Churchill College. Anyone can apply, but awards are likely to go to people whose family incomes are below c. £70,000 p.a.

How to apply

Application for a Bursary is by letter addressed to the College’s Senior Tutor, explaining why you believe you should be considered for one of these bursaries and mentioning not just your academic record but your other interests and/or service to the community. In addition, you will be required to give a clear description of your family’s annual income and financial circumstances, and you should explain how, and the extent to which, a bursary would help alleviate potential financial hardship during your time at Cambridge.

The closing date for receipt of letters of applications is normally towards the middle of February each year.

The WCMT Bursaries will run in parallel with the Cambridge University Bursary Scheme. A student who is awarded a WCMT Bursary will still be eligible for additional financial assistance from the University scheme.

Please note that these bursaries cannot be applied for after admission.

For new and current students

The College also offers a range of smaller grants to assist students with the cost of music lessons, playing sport at University level or above (College sport is already funded), vacation travel, vacation courses and music tours.

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The University of Cambridge also has funds in the Bell Abbott and Barnes Fund put aside for additional support for students in case of unexpected hardship. The College also has a fund to help in such cases. Applications are made through Tutors in both cases.

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For international students

There is a centralised source of funding for international undergraduate students,  the Cambridge Overseas Trust, which offers a number of awards each year on its own behalf and on behalf of some other international organisations.

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