Fees and Funding

Fees and Costs

Please see the University's Graduate Admissions pages for further details about course finances and the cost of living in Cambridge.


Funding, Grants and Awards

The University's Funding Search website is a useful tool for incoming postgraduate students to identify any grants or studentships for which they may be eligible.

If you nominated Homerton as your first or second choice of College on your application you will be eligible to apply for the Charter Graduate Award. This is a sum of £1,500, paid annually, renewable over a period of 3 years for PhDs, subject to satisfactory progress.

Homerton College is also part of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Partnership: we will offer up to two annual co-funded PhD awards from 2019-24. Applicants to the University will automatically be entered for this scheme if they are eligible, and transferred to Homerton if successful.


Funding for graduate students during the course

Once matriculated, current graduate students can apply for Research Grants to assist with expenses such as conference registration fees. Student Representation Awards are made to those who contribute at a University level to sports, societies, music, or drama. In addition, students who find themselves in severe hardship due to unforeseen financial difficulties may apply to the limited College Hardship Fund.


Charter Graduate Award

The Homerton College Charter Graduate Awards are awarded to selected students embarking on a new course of postgraduate study. Each Award is worth £1,500 per annum for one year (MPhil or equivalent Masters'-level courses) or three years (PhD and MRes+PhD or equivalent doctoral courses). Awards are made on academic merit.

To be considered for an Award, you must:

  • Name Homerton College as your first or second choice on your University application form.
  • Be made an offer by University of Cambridge Postgraduate Admissions for your course and accepted by Homerton College for membership.
  • Write to Dr Melanie Keene, Postgraduate Tutor, indicating your wish to be considered for an Award, including a short statement (one page of A4) of your academic/research interests written for a non-specialist audience. A copy of your statement should also be copied to Kelly Collinwood, Postgraduate Administrator.
  • The deadline for applications for the 2021-22 awards has now passed. Details of the 2022-23 awards will be posted in due course.

Approximately half of the available Awards will be reserved for existing (matriculated) undergraduate or postgraduate members of the College. Remaining Awards are available to all applicants who fulfil the above conditions

Hardship Funding

If postgraduate students encounter unforeseen financial difficulties, they may apply to the University's Postgraduate Hardship Fund. Awards given by this fund are intended to support students who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of unexpected changes in their financial circumstances, to enable them to complete their research or study.

Please note that there are termly deadlines for receipt of applications, and the maximum amount of the award is £2000. Please see here [https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/fees-and-funding/financial-hards... for eligibility and guidance. 

PhD students who are over-running their 3 years fixed funded research by the Cambridge Trust may seek advice from the College Graduate Tutor and/or the Financial Tutor if the Trust would extend this further by up to 2 extra terms.


Central Childcare Bursary Scheme

The Central Childcare Bursary Scheme is available to eligible EU and overseas student parents. The grants are means-tested and depend on family income and expenditures. Further information about eligibility criteria and application packs can be found on the Childcare website. Application packs are also available from College offices,the SU or via the Childcare Office. Completed applications must be submitted through your College Tutor who should support the application. Proof of a secured place or places at an Ofsted-registered childcare provider, including the child’s name, booking pattern and the start dates, must be included with the completed application form.

Research Grant

The Research Grant supports Homerton College graduate students with expenses associated with their academic work. These may include: travel to conferences, research sites, or archives; registration fees for conferences; accommodation costs when working away from College or at a residential conference or school; exceptional expenses associated with research, such as unusual amounts of photocopying, or purchase of specialist analysis software if not available elsewhere.

In 2020/2021 higher degree students on full-time one-year courses (MPhil, MRes, LLM, etc.) may apply for up to £175, and full-time PhD students may apply for up to £400 each of their three course years, or up to £1200 over the whole course (for example, making one large claim in the third year for an international conference). Part-time students may also apply for these awards: PhD, EDD and MD students for £200 each year in their first four years and £400 in their fifth year, or up to £1200 over the whole course; MEd and MSt students for £175 over the duration of their course, whether one or two years.

Students will be contacted by the Graduate Administrator before each deadline with eligibility criteria and application forms.

Also Available: Research Events Fund

The Research Events Fund helps Homerton College higher degree students (research Master’s and PhD) with expenses associated with putting on research-related activities. Organising such events increasingly is seen as a crucial part of research students’ work, giving vital CV points and helping build academic networks and reputations.

Horobin Award

Homerton College has established the Horobin Award, which will meet the full University and College fees for a female Graduate student following a one-year graduate course. The award is generously funded by a donor, and applies to overseas as well as Home/EU candidates. 

Eligibility is on the grounds of both academic merit, and sporting achievement in rowing. Applicants for the award must have been accepted for admission by the relevant University department or faculty, and by Homerton College.  They must also be rowing to a minimum of U23 World Championship standard.

The value of the award will differ according to fee status and according to the course to be followed by the candidate, but will always meet the University and College fee. See here or email grads@homerton.cam.ac.uk for more information.


Student Representation Awards

Homerton College wishes to acknowledge and reward those students who represent the College in University sport, societies or other activities such as music, drama and charitable activities as it brings benefits to the College through raising the College profile and providing opportunities for communications to alumni. Awards of up to £200, or 14 vacation accommodation nights if requested, will be awarded to recipient students.

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