To be considered for a Cambridge Australia Scholarship (PhD or Masters), you must first apply for entry to the University of Cambridge.


We do not accept applications directly for Cambridge Australia Scholarships.

All applications for both a place and a scholarship must be made through the Graduate Admissions Office at the University of Cambridge. Click here for details.

By submitting one Graduate Application Form (GAF) per course you will be considered for:

  • Admission to a course of graduate study or research by the relevant Department or Faculty at Cambridge;

  • Admission to a College by one or more of the Cambridge Colleges; and

  • Funding offered by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust.

(Note that all scholars at Cambridge are required to be a member of one of the Cambridge Colleges).

Applicants who wish to be considered for funding by Cambridge Australia Scholarships should complete the funding section of the graduate online application (via the Applicant Portal). Only after a conditional offer from the University has been made can a student be considered for a scholarship.

To ensure that you are considered for a CAS scholarship, you must tick the box that reads 'Do you wish to be considered for funding, including merit based scholarship?'

If applicants are successful in obtaining a place at University of Cambridge, they will be given a conditional offer by the Graduate Admissions office. These applicants will then be considered for any awards for which they are eligible, including the Cambridge Australia Scholarships . Interviews are required for Cambridge Australia Masters Scholarships, but are not required, at this point, for other scholarships. Applicants who have been successful in their application for funding will be notified by the end of March (for PhDs) or in June/July (for Masters) for entry in October.


There are two general course deadlines of early December and early January, depending on which course of study is being applied for.  Students are advised to check the course directory to see if their course has a December or January funding deadline.

If you are applying for Graduate study, check your specific course deadline. We request that all applicants check the Graduate Admissions website for closing deadlines. Almost all graduate courses start in October, but, under certain circumstances, it may be possible to start a course of research in the following January or April.

For more information on funding and course deadlines, please visit Funding Deadlines.

The closing dates for individual courses can be found in the Graduate Student Prospectus, via the Graduate Admissions page or on the University of Cambridge website.

The Cambridge academic year starts in the first week of October and is divided into three terms:

  • Michaelmas Term

  • Lent Term

  • Easter Term

Details of term dates can also be found on the Cambridge website