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Centre of African Studies


Application deadlines for the various scholarship schemes and funding opportunities available to support UK, EU and international students at the University of Cambridge run from October through to January each academic year. Full scholarships are highly competitive, and deadlines can be up to a year in advance of the proposed course start date, particularly for international students. Given the complexity of the various schemes on offer, it is best to visit the Funding page for more information about funding opportunities, eligibility criteria and how to apply. CamFunds is a useful database for searching the range of scholarships offered by the University of Cambridge (including by academic departments and colleges).

Applicants wishing to be considered for the main funding rounds should take note of the application deadlines listed on the Funding page.

Each year, two Philomathia Scholarships for the MPhil in African Studies are awarded to students normally resident in an African country, with preference given to those whose first degree is from an African university. These full scholarships are based at Trinity Hall, so students are advised to select Trinity Hall as one of their preferred colleges if they wish to apply for these scholarships.

For applicants wishing to apply for admission without funding, the deadline is 16 May 2022. Nonetheless, it is advisable to apply as early as possible because places on the course are limited.


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UAC of Nigeria Travel Fund

Applications are invited from Graduate Students of the University of Cambridge for financial support towards travel to Africa (in particular Nigeria) for the purpose of research or study in 2021-22. It is expected that most grants will cover only part of the expenses incurred in the visit.

A letter of application should be addressed to The Director, Centre of African Studies, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP, and be received by Friday 11th March 2022.

Applicants should include a short proposal, including a financial statement, and should ask their supervisor to send a separate letter in support by the same date. For enquiries or to send applications via email please contact .

The Charlie Bayne Travel Trust

The Charlie Bayne Travel Trust offers travel grants to undergraduate and postgraduate students with a disability in Cambridge, at the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University. The Trust is intended to assist students who face extra costs in travelling as a result of their disability.

The Trust was set up in memory of Charlie Bayne (Trinity,1985 to 1989) to provide financial assistance to students with a disability who plan to travel abroad or within the United Kingdom. Grants shall be used to finance travel, educational in the broadest sense.

The Trustees award grants up to £500 a person. Open to students of the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University.

Details on how to apply can be found on the Charlie Bayne travel trust webpage. Alternatively, contact the Disability Resource Centre on 01223 332301 or email .

The MPhil office

Centre of African Studies
Alison Richard Building
7 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DT
For a map, click here
MPhil administrator: Ms Victoria Jones
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 334396