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Applying to MML

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General information on applying

All applications must be made via the Applicant Portal which is available on the Graduate Admissions Office website.

It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application.

If you are seeking funding for your course, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each funding competition. 


For entry in 2018/19: Application deadlines for applicants seeking funding

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, Departments, Research Councils and central University funds.

The Graduate Admissions Office publish information about the University's central funding competitions for Graduate Students on their website which includes information about how to apply, deadlines and other useful information. 

Competition for funding is extremely high so we strongly advise that applicants apply for as many funding opportunities as possible.  

There are two main funding deadlines to consider:

  • 10 October 2018: deadline for Gates US funding (for US citizens resident in the US)

  • 3 January 2019:  deadline for all other central funding competitions

Central university competitions include the following sources:

For the university's central funding competitions, no separate application form is necessary.  Applicants are simply required to apply for admission before the required deadline, ticking the relevant boxes to be considered for funding.

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 3 January 2019.  Earlier deadlines will apply if you are a US applicant living in the US.  We recommend that applicants prepare their supporting documentation and apply well in advance of the final deadlines.  

Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application before 3 January 2019, as no applications will be accepted once programmes are full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2019.

Please note that funding from Cambridge is highly competitive and therefore students are also advised to do their own research on other funding sources including the Colleges.  Approximately two thirds of our MPhil students are self funded (including those with loans).

Other Funding information

Cambridge Funding Search

Jebb Fund (PhD)

Gibson Spanish Scholarship (PhD) 

Santander Hispanic and Lusophone MPhil Scholarships

Nigel Glendinning PhD Studentship in Spanish Studies 

Sykes Postgraduate Research Studentships in Italian

External funding

UK/EU Student Loans


For more detailed information on applying for a particular course, please click on the relevant links on the left hand menu.