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St John’s College offers funding for Graduate Students in a range of competitions. 

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Funding for Internal Graduate Applicants »

This information applies to:
(i)    Current Undergraduate Students of the College
(ii)    Members of the College reading for
            (a)  the Certificate of Advanced Study
            (b)  the LLM 
(iii)    Current MPhil Students of St. John's
(iv)    Former MPhil Students of St. John's returning for a PhD

College Scholarships and Supplementary Emoluments

Current undergraduates of St John's and those members of the College currently reading for the Certificate of Advanced Study or the LLM, and current MPhil Students of St. John’s will automatically be awarded College Scholarships if they reach the required standard in their Tripos or MASt examinations or their MPhil. All College Scholars are awarded an annual prize of £500 or £400.

College Graduate Funding

Those entitled to such Scholarships (including former MPhil Students of St. John’s returning for a PhD) who intend to continue with graduate work at St John’s will automatically be considered for funding associated with their Scholarships (Supplementary Emoluments) at meetings in July and September/October. 

This funding is at a level equivalent to that for Benefactors’ Scholarships. College Scholars whose fields of study fall within those mentioned for the named Scholarships above may be given awards from the Craik, J.C.Hall, Paskin or Pelling funds as appropriate.

Tenure:
 For those returning to graduate work at St John’s the Scholarship will continue for the normal minimum duration of the course, subject to satisfactory academic progress. (e.g. for those embarking on an M Phil with the intention of continuing for the PhD, the Scholarship will initially last for one year but will be renewed for a further three years if the distinguished performance standard is achieved in the M Phil.)  Supplementary Emoluments will normally continue until the end of the qualifying Scholarship

How to apply: Current undergraduates of St John's and those members of the College currently reading for the Master of Advanced Study, the LLM or the M.Phil. degree need not fill in a separate application form. 

No decisions about Scholarships or associated funding can be taken until the applicant's examination results have been announced

Applicants will be required also to apply for all other research awards for which they are eligible.  The value of any Scholarship awarded will be reduced appropriately to take account of payments from other sources.  Election will be conditional upon admission by the Board of Graduate Studies.

Benefactors' Scholarships »

In April the College proposes to elect a number of graduate students, in any discipline, to Benefactors' Scholarships tenable from the following October.

Eligibility 
(i) members of the College engaged in study which will count towards the requirements of the PhD degree

(ii) applicants to the College for admission:
    (a) as Graduate Students intending to register as candidates for the PhD degree;         
    (b) as Graduate Students for the MPhil degree; and
    (c) to read for the Master of Advanced Study degree in Mathematics (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos) with the intention of registering thereafter as candidates for the PhD degree. 

Value of Scholarships, Tenure and Application details can be found below.

Current undergraduates of St John's and those members of the College currently reading for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics or the LLM, current MPhil Students of St John's and former MPhil Students of St John's returning for a PhD are not eligible for these Scholarships, but will be considered for Internal Graduate Funding.

Bradlow Scholarships »

Please note that (with the occasional exception for truly outstanding applicants) a scholar will only be selected every second year.

There will be a Competition for the academic year 2014/15:-

Those eligible for consideration for funding from the Bradlow Foundation are South African nationals who

(a)  have applied to the University of Cambridge to read for a PhD degree from the 
      academic year 2014/15;

(b)  have listed St. John’s College as their first choice college on the Graduate Application 
       Form provided by the University's Graduate Admissions Office at the Board of Graduate Studies;

(c)  have received a conditional offer of a graduate place from St John’s College by 31 
      May 2014;

(d)  are still under 30 years of age on that date.

Please note that the Board of Graduate Studies, St John’s College and the Bradlow Foundation do not provide a separate form of application for the Competition.

Applicants should not apply direct to the Foundation.  St John’s College will (after 31 May 2014) forward the papers of suitable applicants to the Foundation. The Bradlow Foundation will then contact applicants direct if they wish to consider them in the Scholarship Competition.

The Craik Scholarship »

In April the College proposes to elect a graduate student studying Physiological Psychology to the Craik Scholarship, tenable from the following October.

Eligibility:
(i) members of the College:
   (a) engaged in study which will count towards the requirements of the PhD degree in  
        Physiological Psychology;
   (b) currently reading for an MPhil and applying to continue for the PhD degree in 
         Physiological Psychology.
(ii) applicants to the College for admission:
   (a) as Graduate Students intending to register as candidates for the PhD degree in Physiological Psychology;
   (b) as Graduate Students for an MPhil degree involving Physiological Psychology

The Craik Scholarship is administered as part of our Benefactors’ Scholarships Scheme. Value of Scholarships, Tenure and Application details can be found below. 

Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships »

Manmohan Singh Scholars in the historic surroundings of St John's

The Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships Competition for Indian Nationals to undertake doctoral study at St John's will, this year, be administered by St. John's College rather than through the British Council. The conditions of eligibility will be the same as in previous years but the details of the application process for the Scholarships will change. Further details will appear on this website in due course.

The J C Hall Scholarship »

In April the College proposes to elect a graduate student studying Law to the J C Hall Scholarship, tenable from the following October.

Eligibility 
(i) members of the College engaged in study which will count towards the requirements of the PhD degree in 
          Law or Criminology;
(ii) applicants to the College for admission:
     (a) as Graduate Students intending to register as candidates for the PhD degree in 
          Law or Criminology;
     (b) as Graduate Students for the MPhil degree in Criminological Research

The J C Hall Scholarship is administered as part of our Benefactors' Scholarships Scheme. Value of Scholarships, Tenure and Application details can be found below.

The Paskin Scholarship »

In April the College proposes to elect a graduate student studying Archaeology or Philosophy to the Paskin Scholarship, tenable from October.

Eligibility 
(i) members of the College engaged in study which will count towards the requirements of the PhD degree in 
          Archaeology or Philosophy;
(ii) applicants to the College for admission:
    (a) as Graduate Students intending to register as candidates for the PhD degree in 
         Archaeology or Philosophy;
    (b) as Graduate Students for the MPhil degree in Archaeology or Philosophy.

The Paskin Scholarship is administered as part of our Benefactors' Scholarships Scheme. Value of Scholarships, Tenure and Application details can be found below.

The Pelling Scholarship »

In April the College proposes to elect a graduate student studying History  in any Faculty to the Pelling Scholarship, tenable from the following October .

(i) members of the College engaged in study which will count towards the requirements of a PhD degree in History (in any Faculty);

(ii) applicants to the College for admission:

    (a) as Graduate Students intending to register as candidates for a PhD degree in History (in any Faculty);
    (b) as Graduate Students for an MPhil degree in History (in any Faculty).

(For this Scholarship, the term History refers to historical studies in any Faculty and includes, eg: History of Art and History and Philosophy of Science).

The Pelling Scholarship is administered as part of our Benefactors’ Scholarships Scheme.  Value of Scholarships, Tenure and Application details can be found below.

Value, Tenure & Application Details for the Benefactors’ Scholarships, Craik Scholarship, J.C. Hall Scholarship, Paskin Scholarship and Pelling Scholarship »

Value   The maximum annual value of the above Scholarships will consist of: a maintenance grant of at least £13,500 (expected to be reviewed annually) and the following additional payments; (a) approved University and College fees; (b) a contribution towards expenses of travel and reasonable removal expenses from the Scholar's home and (c) an annual contribution towards the cost of a return journey home.  Financial assistance may also be given towards the cost of field-work, attendance at conferences, and other essential academic expenses. All Scholars will be awarded a Prize of £500 for their first year and, subject to satisfactory academic progress, a Prize of £400 in each subsequent year of the Scholarship. In addition to the above fully-funded Scholarships, some Benefactors’ Scholarships will be awarded which initially carry only the Prizes mentioned above; holders of such Scholarships will be placed on a reserve list for further funding.

Tenure  For the normal minimum duration of the course subject to satisfactory academic progress, ie: three years for the PhD and one year for the MPhil or MASt. For those embarking on an MPhil with the intention of continuing for the PhD, the Scholarship will initially last for one year but will be renewed for a further three years if the distinguished performance standard is achieved in the MPhil, and for those embarking on the Master of Advanced Study degree in Mathematics (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos) with the intention of registering thereafter as candidates for the PhD degree the Scholarship will initially last for one year but will be renewed for a further three years if a Distinction is obtained in the MASt.

How to Apply  For students outside Cambridge there is no separate application form for these Scholarships. All eligible applicants who by 1 April have been made a conditional offer by St John’s will be considered. In view of the sometimes lengthy selection processes in departments and the resultant delays that may occur between the submission of applications and their receipt by the College, applicants are advised to apply to the University's Graduate Admissions Office at the Board of Graduate Studies no later than 31 December (unless an earlier deadline for their course or other sources of funding is specified in the Graduate Studies Prospectus). 

Suitably qualified current PhD or CPGS Students of St John's and Students of other Cambridge Colleges are required to fill in a separate ‘Form of Application for a Research Scholarship’. Students who apply on this form will be considered for all of the above scholarships for which they are eligible. The forms should be obtained electronically from the Secretary to the Tutor for Graduate Affairs, Graduate Office, St. John's College (graduate-admissions@joh.cam.ac.uk) no earlier than 1 October 2013 and no later than 14 February 2014. The closing date for receipt of forms by the College is 1 April

(N.B.  Members of other Cambridge colleges are asked to contact the St. John's College Graduate Office for further information before nominating their preference colleges on the Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form (GRADSAF) supplied by the Graduate Admissions Office at the Board of Graduate Studies).

Applicants for the above Scholarships will be required also to apply for all other research awards for which they are eligible. The value of any Scholarship awarded will be reduced appropriately to take account of payments from other sources. Election will be conditional upon admission by the University's Graduate Admissions Office.

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 2014, 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 £13,500 per annum and (b) approved College and University fees. 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 Office at the Board of Graduate Studies 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 2014 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 2014 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  March 2014.

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 1st December 2013 (unless an earlier deadline for their course is specified on the Board's website).