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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.

PG Diploma Bursary

Criteria for granting the bursary:

We recognise the importance of diversity of perspective and experience within our cohorts, and our bursaries aim not only to address financial barriers, but to support the diversity of cohorts to the benefit of all of our students. Our bursary aims to support candidates who would otherwise not be able to participate in the course, and preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate this. We welcome applicants in particular who have experienced social, economic or educational disadvantage. 

Our PG Diploma bursary is available to candidates who can demonstrate a clear case for financial need, this could include applicants from low income backgrounds, developing countries, or without access to company or other funding sources. 

In addition we particularly welcome applications from 
•    UK citizen from ethnic minorities
•    Citizens of a country in the DAC list of ODA recipients
•    Participants who are under-represented on our programmes -  including but not limited to; refugees or asylum seekers, carers, care-leavers, individuals with a disability

All applicants must 
•    have applied for admission to the PG Diploma programme via the standard application process; 
•    demonstrate their commitment to sustainability leadership, and how they will be able to implement their experiences on the programme in their professional / personal life.

Applications are welcome from any candidate, irrespective of gender, nationality or geographical location. There are no restrictions on citizenship, country of residence or fee status. 

Bursary Value 

The value of bursaries awarded may range in value between 10% and 50% of the fee. The amount awarded will be discounted from the course fee and is not transferable. Recipients must be able to pay any remaining fees and meet the travel costs associated with attending the residential workshops, and cover any other costs that may be incurred to fulfil the course requirements, e.g. undertaking research.

Expected Commitments

The beneficiary will be required to submit a short report on their course experience outlining the impact of the bursary on their Cambridge experience for use (print and online) by CISL. 

Application and Selection Process

A bursary application letter can be attached to the standard application form, or emailed to the CISL Team with ‘PG Diploma Bursary Application’ in the subject line. Applications must be received no later than the programme application deadline (2 March 2022 for new applications, or 30 June 2022 for PCSB alumni/participants applying to stage 2 only). This letter must articulate (in less than 1,000 words):
•    How financial support will enable access to the course, and any supporting factors demonstrating social, economic or educational disadvantage. We will prioritise candidates who have significant financial hardship, or who are under-represented on our programmes
•    What other funding options you have investigated, including employer support
•    What you will bring to the course in terms of diversity of perspective
•    The impact of the programme and how you will implement your experiences on the programme in your professional / personal life.

Please note that the documents provided for the bursary will not be considered as part of the process to determine whether an offer of admission to the programme will be made. Bursary applications will not be processed on a rolling basis, and will only be processed after the closing date of programme applications.

Only bursary applications from candidates who may potentially receive offers of admission to the programme will be processed fully. The bursary selection process will involve a review of the bursary application letter and shortlisted bursary applicants may be invited for an additional interview, in person or by videoconference (e.g. Skype or Zoom).  Further information and/or supporting evidence of any supporting factors raised in the application may be requested.

Successful recipients will be notified as soon as possible. Award of a bursary is subject to the offer of admission to the course being confirmed, with all conditions met, including confirmation of adequate financial support from other sources to cover any remaining portion of the fees and other costs.

There will be no obligation to award a bursary if no eligible candidate is selected.

Candidates who receive admission offers, but do not receive written confirmation of the award of a bursary, are still eligible to join the course but would need to provide confirmation of adequate financial support from other sources to cover the full fees and costs (as is the case for all other candidates). 

Termination of an Individual Bursary

A bursary may be terminated if an individual is found to be in violation of the Statutes or Regulations of the University, or of the terms of the offer letters issued, or is convicted of any offence against the laws of England and Wales, or is unable to continue his/her studies at the University for any reason whatsoever, including having made unsatisfactory progress as determined by the University.

Other Sources of Funding

Residents of the UK or EU might be eligible for a Government loan scheme for part-time students studying for higher qualifications.

In addition to this we 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.

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

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emma fromberg

Emma Fromberg Programme Manager