Studentship Funding


Help us support tomorrow’s researchers, doctors, educators and leaders

Darwin is committed to ensuring the best students can study here, irrespective of their ability to pay.

Please help our students by making a donation to our studentships programme. If 25 people donated £20 per month for five years, we would be able to fund the first year of a PhD. With matched funding, those same donations will fund two years.

Alumnus Michael Blank (MPhil 2004) has recently funded an Economics Master’s Studentship, the 'Michael Blank Cambridge Trust Masters Scholarship in Finance and Economics'. His generous donation was matched by the Cambridge Trust so his gift has been doubled.

Michael says: “I have been donating to the College since leaving Cambridge but I wanted to do more, and especially I wanted to give future students the opportunity to attend Darwin and benefit from its unique environment and community of students the same way I did.”   

In collaboration with the Cambridge Trust, Michael's gift has meant the College can offer an award of up to £15,000 for Masters students in either Economics or Finance for the forseeable future. The first candidate will start their post graduate studies in October 2019 ensuring that this studentship, like the others Darwin offers, go to those that need them, but who may not be able to afford to consider Cambrdige as an option otherwise.

Matched funding means your gift will have double the impact

Your donation will enable us to access equal funding from one of the UK Research Councils or the Cambridge Trust. The Cambridge Trust, and the various Research Councils, have matched a number of donations 1:1, enabling donations to go further and for meaningful sums of money to be awarded in studentships.

The Impact of Regular Giving

Give monthly, over four years and you could fund or part-fund a student through his or her PhD. For example, if you and 29 other individual donors gave £25/month for 4 years, this would, with Gift Aid, generate £11,250 each year over the 4 years of a PhD; enough to attract matched funding, enabling us to offer a studentship to a top student. 

Our aim is that the students need not worry about whether they can continue to afford to study for the length of their entire research programme.  With help from alumni, supporters and well-wishers, we hope to be able to offer a number of such studentships in the very near future.  Please join with us in this campaign, and help us to shape minds which will shape our future for the better.

To donate:

Give securely on-line by clicking on the button on the right. If you are a UK income tax payer, please also complete the Gift Aid portion of the form. You can also donate by downloading and completing this donation form.

If you are resident in the United States - then please give via Cambridge in America. Remember to say that your gift is for Darwin College 'Studentships'.

If you would prefer to donate by direct bank transfer all the details you require are here. In this instance we would be grateful if you could email us to inform us of your donation, so we can thank you properly.

How your donations are spent:

Darwin is a Registered Charity. Our income comprises academic fees, charges for student accommodation and catering, investment income as well as donations and bequests from alumni and friends. Any money raised is spent as directed by the donor, most is ‘un-restricted’ giving, and other donations go to ‘Students welfare, Buildings and Grounds’ and ‘the Lecture Series’.  100% of your donation to this campaign will go to help fund a studentship and money raised may be matched by UK Research Councils or from within the University.