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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

It is our ambition to attract participants who have the greatest potential for positive impact in the world, whatever their background, and for whom participation in one of our graduate programmes will be valuable in accelerating that impact. We recognise that funding can be a barrier to participation for many strong applicants and we welcome the support of individuals and organisations who enable us to provide bursary schemes. 

The bursaries listed below offer full or partial support for programme fees (recipients will need to identify alternative sources of funding to cover accommodation, travel and subsistence).  Offers of bursaries are made competitively based on potential for positive impact, academic quality and professional experience. For some bursaries, consideration is also given to social, economic or educational disadvantage experienced by applicants, with an express objective of ensuring that the bursary is used to enable applications from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the opportunity of study with us.  Importantly, we recognise the importance of diversity of perspective and experience within our cohorts, and – through our selection process – seek to optimise the diversity of cohorts to the benefit of all of our students.

 

UK Government Postgraduate Loans (for Master's courses)

 UK students or EU students who have settled status under the EU Settlement Schemewho are English domiciled and commencing a Master's course, applications are now open  can apply for loans of up to £11,570. The loans will be administered by the Student Loans Company. Further information can be found here.


Lucy Cavendish College and CISL Sustainability Leadership Access Bursary 

Lucy Cavendish College (LCC) and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) share a key aim to empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges. Both organisations are committed to improving access and enhancing diversity and inclusivity and by providing a partial bursary to an MSt in Sustainability Leadership student(s), they hope to provide the support required which may otherwise prevent a student from taking such an opportunity to develop real leadership confidence and skills in responding effectively to the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world and lead others to achieve positive change. 

The value of bursaries awarded may be up to £24,000 and may range in value between 25% and 85% of the Combined Graduate Fee, which is currently £27,960 (£13,980 p/a). This has been made available through the generosity of alumni and teaching colleagues who wish to support sustainability leaders of the future otherwise unable to fund their studies.

To be 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 submitted a separate bursary application to CISL via email.

Further information regarding the eligibility criteria and applications process can be found here. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2022.
 

LCC and CISL are grateful to all those who have generously contributed to the Bursary Fund over recent years. The fund remains open for donations in order to offer similar funding for future applicants. To make a donation, please visit this page (CISL administered) or Lucy Cavendish.


Chanel Sustainability Leadership Bursary for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is offering a bursary, supported by Chanel, for entry to the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership. 

Chanel and CISL are committed to promoting equality of access, diversity and inclusivity. This bursary aims to offer opportunities for people who have faced challenges in achieving their full potential through personal, physical, or socio-economic circumstances and who would be unable to pursue the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership without financial support. 

“A sustainability mindset is fast becoming an essential attribute for any executive today. We are delighted to support eligible students who otherwise wouldn’t have had an opportunity to access the Master’s programme. We believe in the value that diverse life experiences and perspectives can bring to business, governments and civil society as we urgently seek the solutions for a more sustainable and equitable future.”
Kate Wylie, Chief Sustainability Officer at Chanel

This bursary forms part of a multi-year strategic partnership between Chanel and CISL focused on education, leadership, and innovative operational projects. The bursary will cover the full Combined Graduate Fee (£27,960 per person for two years) and candidates should anticipate the need to cover any remaining costs incurred to fulfil the course requirements (such as subsistence, travel and accommodation) when attending residential workshops. 

To be 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 submitted a separate bursary application letter to CISL via email.

Further information regarding the eligibility criteria and applications process can be found here. The closing date for application is 31 January 2022. 
 


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.

There is a website that provides access to general information on University-administered and external sources of funding and loans for graduate 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. 

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Graduate programmes starting in 2022 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out moreFind out more.


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