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Overseas Applicants

Definition of 'Home' and 'Overseas'

At the University of Cambridge there are two tiers of fees in place:

a) The 'home rate' is applicable to all students from EU countries plus one or two others.


b) The 'overseas rate' is applicable to those who do not qualify for the 'home' rate. 

For full details of the fees and to find out which you qualify as, please visit the Graduate Admissions website under What is my fee status?.

Funding Eligibility

Wellcome and the MRC only fund University tuition fees at the 'home' rate.

For students applying to the Wellcome Programme, overseas applicants are eligible to apply, but are liable for the difference between the 'Home' and 'Overseas' fee rate, but can apply for 'Cambridge Trust' funding (as part of the main University application) to cover the overseas component.

For students applying to the MRC Programme, only UK students are eligible for a full award. Overseas applicants are not eligible for MRC studentships. EU students may be eligible for a Fees-Only award. Full details of the MRC Student Eligibility Requirements are available on their website at

Funding to cover Overseas Fees

Overseas applicants applying to the Wellcome Programme, can obtain possible additional funding from a variety of sources. For specific information on the various funding schemes available for overseas students please click here or enquire by email here.

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is not involved in any way in the decision process for any of these awards for overseas fees. Candidates must apply for these awards separately from their PhD application. There is no guarantee that any application will be successful. 

You should bear in mind that these awards are highly competitive, with many more applicants than there are awards available. You should not, therefore, rely upon success in the competitions, and should investigate all other sources of funding.

Funding Deadlines

Cambridge University holds one funding rounds per year, for all postgraduate applicants with deadlines in DecemberJanuary (for admittance the following academic year). 

These two funding rounds require completion of the Funding section on the application form within the Applicant Portal and co-ordinate funding from different sources. The funding deadlines for the next intake can be found here.

IMPORTANT: please check the application deadlines for each scheme, as some have deadlines that fall earlier than our Programme application deadline.