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Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme


The core value of a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship is as follows:

  • The University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate for the duration of the course.
  • A maintenance allowance (living costs) for the duration of the course. For the academic year 2024-25, this is £20,500.
  • The option to request maintenance funding during the 12 month writing-up period, should this be required.
  • A personal research allowance (for expenditure on personal research expenses and research-related activities, for example, books and conference attendance) of £6,000 over the course of the PhD.
  • For international students, the cost of an inbound student visa and the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for the duration of the visa granted.
  • The cost of economy travel for the purpose of bringing the Scholar from their usual place of residence to Cambridge, from within and from outside the UK, to begin the course and to return home at the end of the course.

The Scholarship offers discretionary funding subject to approval:

  • Sickness pay at the equivalent of up to 13 weeks' maintenance in a rolling 12 month period.
  • Financial assistance funding for unexpected or unforeseeable circumstances including illness, bereavement or a change of circumstances arising since the start of the PhD.
  • Parental Leave to support new parents with a combination of paid and unpaid leave during the authorised break in study (intermission).
  • Child dependant Allowance (including the visa/IHS and travel benefit) for accompanying child dependants of parent Scholars.

A calendar of activities and academic events will also be available to Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars over the course of each academic year.