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Fees and Funding

Suitably qualified candidates who apply to read for a PhD in POLIS can expect to be considered for GATES, ESRC, AHRC and various other Cambridge-related scholarships. In order to be considered for these funding competitions applicants will need to have submitted their application form by the relevant funding competition deadline. For more information about the competitions and a list of deadlines please visit the Graduate Admissions funding webpages.


YouGov PhD scholarship at Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) University of Cambridge

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge invites applications from Home/EU students for a scholarship to undertake a three-year PhD in a field related to the study of public opinion, starting in the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarship will pay the full cost of study and living in Cambridge for the three-year course.

 The scholarship is funded by a donation from YouGov, as part of its partnership with the POLIS department (embodied in the recently established YouGov Centre for Policy and Public Opinion Research within POLIS). The exact emphasis of the PhD project to be funded by the scholarship is open, but it must have a focus – or, at least, a partial focus – on public opinion research. We particularly welcome projects with a focus on issues of inequality and public policy (if possible, with the United Kingdom as at least one of its cases), but will also consider other projects that propose to use public opinion research to study substantive questions in politics or International Relations. The holder of the scholarship will be expected to participate in the activities of the YouGov Centre.

 If you have questions about the nature of the scholarship and the potential projects that qualify for it, then please contact Dr Pieter van Houten ( For procedural questions, please email

 For information on the PhD program in the POLIS department, see For information on the YouGov-POLIS partnership, see

 Further information regarding the deadline will be published sortly. If you would like to apply, first research the entry requirements to the PhD program and then start your application:


David & Elaine Potter Foundation African Studentship 

The Department of Politics and International Studies and Centre of Governance and Human Rights is pleased to announce that through a generous donation from the David and Elaine Potter Foundation, matched by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, funding will now be available for two students from Africa who wish to pursue doctoral and masters-level study in the department. The funds will support one student taking the MPhil in International Relations and Politics in 2016/17.


Fee Information

As a PhD student you are liable to pay the University Composition Fee. Full information about fees and a fees listing can be found by visiting the Graduate Admissions fees webpages