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Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme


The application process

You can apply for admission to a PhD course, a College place and various sources of funding (including a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship) via the University’s online Applicant Portal

To be considered for a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship you must:

  1. Tick the box in the 'Funding your Study' section in the Applicant Portal indicating that you wish to apply for funding.
  2. Apply by the funding deadline for your course.
  3. Be assessed as being academically excellent by the Department or Faculty to which you have applied.

Steps 1, 2 and 3 must be fulfilled to be considered for a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship.   

The selection process

Academic Excellence

Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships are offered to the most academically excellent applicants in any given year.  Academic Departments and Faculties at the University of Cambridge assess applicants (through their transcripts, references, experience and the potential to succeed on the chosen course) and only those identified as being the most academically outstanding are considered for a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship.  



  • The HDPSP is not able to provide advice to individual applicants on improving their chances of selection for a Scholarship. For example, we cannot comment on an applicant's prospective College choices or give advice on the content of the optional Harding section of the application.
  • We regret that due to the number of applications received, we are not able to provide specific feedback on unsuccessful applications.