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English Language Requirements

To find out if you need to take a language test as part of your application, please see the Postgraduate Admissions site here.

Details of language tests accepted by the University of Cambridge can be found here.


Studentship Funding Details and Eligibility Criteria

The majority of successful applicants must be eligible for EPSRC funding but a number of places are also available to those who fall outside this category.  EPSRC funding currently offers stipends of £17,668 – £21,373 p.a. The stipend usually increases annually and is not subject to UK income tax or national insurance.

The studentships will also cover university fees for the duration of the 4-year programme and includes a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG) that can be used for other training costs, such as attending a conference. Further information on fees for this programme can be found here.

Applicants eligible for Home Fees

(incl. UK and Irish nationals, and those with settled or pre-settled status)

Fully funded UKRI studentships (covering fees, maintenance and RTSG) are available to all applicants who are accepted to the MRes+PhD programme. UKRI eligibility criteria is based on residency. There are a number of requirements which must be met in order to be eligible for Home fees. Further guidance can be found on the following websites:

If you submit an application and meet the eligibility criteria, we will automatically consider you for EPSRC funding.

For Other EU (non Irish) and Overseas students

UKRI Funding

The UKRI has confirmed that international students (EU and non-EU) will be eligible for all Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. UKRI issued the following guidance document in October 2020 summary of changes to EU and international eligibility for UKRI funded studentships from 2021/22 academic year onwards

We will therefore be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students, which will cover fees at the home rate, maintenance and a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG).

This means that applicants who are eligible for Overseas fees, will be considered for partial funding, UKRI funding will not cover international fees, but the fee difference can be met through other sources. Where possible, applicants will also be put forward for various additional funding sources to bridge the gap between the home-overseas fee difference.

Please note for overseas candidates this funding is limited to only a very small number of the very top applicants.

University Based Scholarship Funding

The University of Cambridge also offers a number of scholarships to EU, Overseas and UK applicants, details of which can be found here.

For Cambridge Trust scholarship, please see here.

For Gates Cambridge scholarship, please see here.

For Harding Scholarship, please see here.

All scholarships require that you apply to the University of Cambridge via the normal online application form. No separate application is normally needed to be considered for scholarships administered by the University of Cambridge.

However, it is important to research all options thoroughly, to tick the relevant boxes in your application and to provide supporting statements when required.

Please note the application deadlines if you are applying for the following scholarships and check which one applies to you:

Category Scholarship Deadline
US citizens living in the USA only Gates USA 12th October 2022
All other eligible applicants Gates International Early December 2022
UK/EU/International Cambridge Trust Early December 2022
UK/EU/International Harding Scholarship Early December 2022

More information is available here. Funding FAQs are available here.

You can also search for further funding opportunities here.

Overseas fees candidates (EU and non-EU) should therefore select all funding options on the application form so that they have every opportunity to receive a fully-funded studentship.

How to Apply

Applications for this programme should be made on the standard postgraduate admissions form to the University of Cambridge, stating course code EGEGR8 (EPSRC CDT MRes + PhD Future Propulsion and Power). Please note if Oxford is your first choice for PhD institution you will also need to get accepted by Oxford for the DPhil. Therefore completion of an Oxford application form as well as the Cambridge application form is required.

Further details about the application procedure for the DPhil at Oxford can be found here. Oxford University have an Application fee waiver scheme for candidates that have completed two application forms in the same admissions cycle. This ensures that applicants only pay for one application fee.

The MRes in Future Propulsion and Power is only available as part of the CDT in Future Propulsion and Power.

On successful completion of the MRes, students will begin the PhD phase of the CDT.

In the Research Proposal section of the application, there is no mandatory requirement to prepare a research proposal, however please make sure you describe your interests and any specific areas you may wish to work in

You do not have to put a supervisor for the PhD phase on your application, therefore you do not need to find a potential supervisor before applying. Please also clearly state an order of preference for the university at which you would like to study for the PhD phase of the CDT.

For further information on applications to or projects at Oxford and Loughborough, please see:


Once you have submitted your application, please email Sara Horsfield so that we can keep track of your application.

Application Deadline

Places are limited so we recommend applying as soon as possible.
The application deadline for October 2023 entry is 16th May 2023.

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