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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. Complete the optional 'Harding' section in the Applicant Portal by indicating whether your research fits within the scope of the following interdisciplinary areas:
    - Bio-threats
    - Finance in literature
    - Origin of life research
    Note that all doctoral applicants will be considered for a Scholarship, regardless of completing the optional section, and subject to step number 4.
    For more information on the Programme values and interdisciplinary areas, please see here.
  3. Apply by the funding deadline for your course.
  4. Be assessed as being academically excellent by the Department or Faculty to which you have applied.

If steps 1, 3 and 4 are not fulfilled you will not 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.  

Interdisciplinary research areas

We are keen for applicants to show whether their research may fit within the scope of one of the following interdisciplinary areas:

  • Bio-threats
  • Finance in literature
  • Origin of life research

However, all applicants will be considered, subject to the application process outlined above, and regardless of whether the optional section in the applicant portal has been completed.

Feedback

  • 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.