Since the 1980s, we have supported around 1000 Australian graduate students to study at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge Australia Scholarships, formerly known as the Cambridge Australia Trust, provides scholarships for outstanding Australian graduates to undertake Masters and PhD studies at the University of Cambridge, England.

In collaboration with The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, Cambridge Australia Scholarships awards up to ten PhD scholarships and a number of Masters degree half-scholarships each year. We are funded entirely by private philanthropy.

Scholars past and present form part of an international network that encompasses all countries supported by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust.

The best thing about studying at Cambridge has been that it has opened my mind to a new level of interesting and important dilemmas, as well as different ways of
— Harry Aitken, St Edmunds, 2017 LLM – Cambridge Australia Allen Scholarship

Our directors

Mr Amrit Bahra, Chair (NSW)

Amrit undertook his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at St. John's College.  After qualifying as a solicitor he joined the merchant bank Samuel Montagu in London, which was followed by a number of investment banking roles with HSBC and Bank of America.  Amrit is currently a corporate finance adviser with 333 Capital in Sydney.  He is also on the committee of the Cambridge Society of NSW.

Mr Chris Briggs (VIC)

Chris read for his MEng in Engineering at St Catharine’s College in 1994-1998.  He moved from the UK to Australia with Goldman Sachs in 2006 and switched careers from investment banking to fund management.  Chris currently works with the local institutional clients of Japanese fund manager Nikko AM.  He is also President of the Cambridge Society of Victoria

Professor Roderick Broadhurst (ACT)

Roderic Broadhurst (BA, B.Ed, PhD, (W. Aust.) M.Phil. (Cambridge)) is Professor of Criminology, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. Research interests include: crime and modernization, homicide, comparative studies of crime, recidivism, criminal behaviour, crime victims, organized crime in China and Asia, and crime in cyberspace. His career as a practitioner and researcher has included work in prisons, remote area public health, and homicide investigation. He helped establish the Crime Research Centre at UWA and has led research on recidivism, cybercrime, organised crime and crime victims in Cambodia and China. He currently directs the ANU Cybercrime Observatory, and focuses on problems of victim and offender risk.

Antara Mascarenhas (VIC)

Antara read for her MPhil in Social and Political Sciences at Queens' College in 2002-3.  She has worked in infrastructure and energy since her return to Australia, in policy, regulatory, program implementation and stakeholder relations roles. She was President of Cambridge Society of Victoria from 2013-15.

Mr Darren Peacock, Secretary (NSW)

Darren studied undergraduate Commerce and Law at the University of Queensland before undertaking a Master of Law at Jesus College in Cambridge.  After working at law firms in Australia and the UK, he spent over a decade as a senior legal adviser within the Wesfarmers Group.  In May 2019, he became Head of Legal and Compliance and Company Secretary for the South Pacific Region of the Linde Group.

Mr Lindsay Jones (NSW)

Lindsay holds a Master of Philosophy (International Relations) from Trinity Hall, Cambridge.  Prior to this he completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) at the University of Technology, Sydney.  Lindsay has worked with Macquarie Bank in Australia, McKinsey & Company in the UK, France and Southeast Asia, and several international investment management businesses in Europe and Asia.  Lindsay is now an early-stage investor in startup businesses as well as an entrepreneur.

Philip Pope (QLD)

Philip Pope read for an M.Phil in Polar Studies at Darwin College in 1996-97, after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a BA (Hons) in Political Science. He received a B.B. Roberts Fund award from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge to assist a period of study at the US State Department Archive in Washington DC, as part of his thesis research. Philip has held senior communications roles at the British Olympic Association, Cricket Australia and is currently General Manager, Communications at the Queensland Rugby Union. He was previously a staff reporter at the Daily Mirror in London.