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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 YouGov Centre for Public Opinion and Policy Research within POLIS). The exact emphasis of the PhD project to be funded by the scholarship is, in principle, open. However, we particularly welcome projects focusing on policy research and/or British politics. Projects proposing to use public opinion research to study substantive questions in Politics or International Relations will also be favourably looked at. 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 or 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

The POLIS PhD entry requirements, as well as the where to start your application, can be found here: To apply for the YouGov scholarship, please indicate that you wish to be considered in the ‘Funding’ section of the PhD GRADSAF. The deadline for the application is 31st January 2017


ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership 

The Department of POLIS is pleased to participate in a new ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Cambridge.  A range of studentships are available across the social sciences at Cambridge; if you are interested in how society works and how it can handle global challenges, a DTP studentship will give you a world-class training programme, with access to leading international scholars both at Cambridge and other DTPs, and a wide community of fellow social scientists.

You can find out more about ESRC DTP studentships here:


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