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Sources of funding


The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) does not yet have scholarship or bursary funding available to cover the fees for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership, and participants are not eligible to apply to the Cambridge Trusts. Once on the programme, small grants might be available from the Graduate Programmes Bursary Fund to support eligible research activities.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans (for Master's courses)

For EU and UK students who are English domiciled and commencing a Master's course, applications are now open for loans of up to £10,000. The loans will be administered by the Student Loans Company. Further information can be found on the University website.

Mentis Cleantech Futures Bursary

Due to the generosity of one of our Alumni, applicants may apply for the Mentis Cleantech Futures Bursary. A modest bursary will be awarded annually to assist the beneficiary in covering the cost of travel to the workshops and other incidentals. To be eligible for the bursary, as well as meeting all of the course entry requirements, applicants must be:

  • working in the 'clean' sector, tackling social and/or environmental challenges;
  • employed in or running a clean technology venture or social enterprise in the start-up or early growth stages; and/or 
  • self-funded or self-employed

To apply for the bursary, applicants should specifying why they require the bursary, how they meet the criteria and how the additional funding would be of assistance. Bursary applications will be reviewed once applications have closed, based on the supporting letter and the applicant’s CV and research proposal as provided in the original Master’s application.

Please note that recipients of the bursary will be featured on the CISL website and Mentis Solutions social media.

Read more about Marcela Ponce, the first CISL student to receive the Mentis Cleantech Futures Bursary.

Other sources

The University's Institute of Continuing Education lists a number of possible sources of funding for part-time study. We have also have compiled a list of resources, which might be helpful in identifying potential sources of funding. Generally, funding for part-time study is limited, since the format is considered to be geared towards employee-supported and/or self-funded students.