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The Louis Cha Scholarship

St John's College, Cambridge is delighted to announce that the noted writer, press editor, and philanthropist Dr Louis Cha has made a very generous donation to support graduate research on dynastic China at St John's. Dr Cha, internationally renowned for his novels on the Chinese past, has long provided considerable support for cultural and academic activities inside and outside Chinese communities. His choice of St John's, where he studied, for this gift stems from his appreciation of the College's longstanding commitment to scholarship on China and his confidence in its future ability to maintain traditions of excellence in a field of study dear to his heart.

St John’s College therefore proposes to award a Louis Cha Scholarship commencing in October 2018, to enable a student to undertake research in the University of Cambridge in the literature, history, and culture of early and dynastic China (pre-1912). The successful applicant will be selected from those who have obtained a place at St John’s College Cambridge to read for the MPhil or PhD degree in a relevant subject.  

The Scholarship will be tenable for the duration of the student’s course up to a maximum of three years and will comprise (a) a maintenance grant of £14,500 per annum and (b) the approved University Composition fee. The value of any Scholarship will be reduced appropriately to take account of any payment from other sources.

For those who are not already members of the University there is no separate application form for this Scholarship. Candidates should apply to the University of Cambridge through the University’s Graduate Admissions Portal for admission as a graduate student, specifying St John’s as their first choice of College. The University no longer issues a hard copy of the Graduate Studies Prospectus. Information on how to apply can instead be viewed on the Graduate Admissions Office website at www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud. The papers of those who are accepted by the relevant University department will be passed on to St John’s who will then consider the candidate for a place in the College. All eligible candidates who by March 1st 2018 have been made a conditional offer by St John’s to read for the MPhil or PhD degree in the relevant subjects starting in October 2018 will be considered for the Louis Cha Scholarship.  Those considered for the Louis Cha Scholarship will also be considered for all other St John’s Scholarships.

Those who are already members of the University should contact The Graduate Office, St John’s College, Cambridge CB2 1TP, U.K.  for an application form.

The successful candidate will be notified by the end of April 2018.

In view of the delays that can occur as a result of sometimes lengthy selection processes in the University departments, applicants are advised to apply to the University's Graduate Admissions Office no later than 30 November. Please note, however, that many University funding opportunities and some courses specify an earlier deadline.