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Scholarships, bursaries and other sources of funding

We strive to enable all qualified applicants to study on the IDBE and offer a range of merit and need-based scholarships and bursaries.

 

Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master’s bursaries


We strive to enable qualified applicants to study on the Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) program and encourage all applicants with financial needs, including those with part-funding from their company or any other source, to consider applying for a bursary.

Typically, bursaries range from 10 to 50 per cent of the combined graduate fee, based on need as detailed in the bursary application statement.

To be considered please submit a bursary application form after you have submitted your programme application (which must be submitted via the normal route) detailing:

  • Your employment status and location
  • What other funding options you have investigated
  • Whether you have asked your employer for funding
  • How attendance on the programme will impact you
  • How much you can realistically afford
  • Any other compelling reasons

Successful bursary applicants will be notified as soon as possible after all interviews have taken place. The bursary is not transferable and will be applied as a discount – half of the agreed bursary applied to the first year fee and half applied to the second year fee.
The closing date for bursary applications is 16 May 2023.

Please note: Recipients must be able to pay the remaining fees, and meet the accommodation, food and travel costs associated with attending the residential weeks.

Bursary applications are considered separately from programme admissions applications. Applicants who apply for a bursary will not be in any way disadvantaged within the programme application process and no information shared in a bursary application will be considered as part of the process to determine whether an offer of admission will be made. The outcome of the programme application is likely to be ahead of the results of the bursary application(s). To be eligible to be confirmed for this bursary, candidates will need to have been accepted to the Master’s through the standard admissions process, administered by the Institute of Continuing Education, and have submitted a separate bursary application to CISL by the specified deadlines. 

 

The IDBE Changemaker Scholarship


One competitive scholarship is available for a Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master’s applicant who demonstrates personal academic and/or professional achievements in the built environment and an ambition to catalyse positive change in the industry. 
Applications are welcomed from high-achieving professionals in all areas of the built environment from anywhere in the world.
The scholarship is for £10000. The scholarship will be applied as discount to the course fees: 50% of the scholarship (£5000) against the first-year fee and 50% (£5000) of the scholarship against the second-year fee. Applications will be accepted until 16 May 2023.

Further details and an application form for 2023 applications will be available shortly.

 

Pomeroy Academy Scholarship


The Pomeroy Academy and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, offer a scholarship for prospective students of the Master’s. The Pomeroy Academy Scholarship for Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) serves to support one student per year from the countries in the Asia Pacific Region (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australasia, and Oceania) who can demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, the design and development of sustainable built environments.

The scholarship is for £8000. The scholarship will be applied as discount to the course fees: 50% of the scholarship (£4000) against the first-year fee and 50% (£4000) of the scholarship against the second-year fee. Applications will be accepted until 16 May 2023.

Further details and an application form for 2023 applications will be available shortly.

 

Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Scholarship


The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Scholarship is to support two IDBE Master’s students from anywhere in the world who can demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, sustainability in the built environment. The scholarship is worth £5,000 for each academic year of the programme, worth £10,000 in total. Applications will be accepted until 16 May 2022.

To be eligible, applicants must be a graduate with at least 3 years post-qualification experience in the built environment. They must submit a full application to the IDBE Master’s either before, or alongside, their scholarship application. The scholarship will be awarded to the successful applicant once they have received an offer of admission to the IDBE Master’s and fulfilled any admission conditions set by the University.

Further details and an application form for 2023 applications will be available shortly.

 

Other sources of funding


Many companies recognise the benefit of their employees participating in the IDBE programmes and as such, support them by paying their course fees, either in full or in part.   When this is not possible, we would suggest exploring some of the funding options below:

For the Master’s programme only, EU citizens may be eligible for a UK government loan (visit the UK Government website to find out more). This site also contains details of (very limited) other funding opportunities.

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.

There is a website that provides access to general information on University-administered and external sources of funding and loans for postgraduate students, and includes a searchable database. Much of this is geared towards full-time study and Master of Studies (part-time) students are not eligible to apply to the Cambridge Trusts, for example. Nevertheless, it may be worth checking if anything suitable is available, since the database is updated frequently. 

Please contact the IDBE team if you have further questions.

 

Meet the Directors


Join a webinar session hosted by the Directors of our part-time postgraduate courses as they give you an overview of our programmes and admissions process for 2023 applications and can answer your questions.

 

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Becky Stanley, Senior Project Manager