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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. Nevertheless, there are some limited funding options available, which are outlined below.

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 £11,222. The loans will be administered by the Student Loans Company. Further information can be found here.

Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA) Scholarship

Due to the generosity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA), a scholarship(s) is available for deserving British and/or Commonwealth nationals to attend the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership. Sustainability is a key pillar for every Royal Warrant holding company and the scholarships are intended to support ‘game changing’ leaders of tomorrow who will drive more sustainable corporate behaviour where they work and beyond.

The value of scholarships awarded will be between 25–100% of the Combined Graduate Fee. Funding is currently available for the equivalent of one fully-funded place, hence 1 to 4 scholarships may be awarded. 100% scholarships are seldom awarded, hence applicants should anticipate the need to cover: 25–75% of the fee from other sources, subsistence and travel costs associated with attending the residential weeks, and any others costs that may be incurred to fulfil the course requirements, eg undertaking research.

Read about the first two RWHA Sustainability Leadership Scholars, Ruth Blackshaw and Stephanie Hyde.

To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must have applied to the Master’s through the standard admissions process AND emailed to CISL a separate scholarship application letter by 1 February 2021. (Please note that this closing date is earlier than for applicants who do not wish to be considered for this scholarship.)

Further information regarding the eligibility criteria and applications process can be found here. The closing date for applications is 1 February 2021.

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 WHO advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Graduate programmes in 2021 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver workshops remotely should the situation demand. Find out more.

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