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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


The University of Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the commitment and generosity of its friends and supporters. The University’s 800-year history is synonymous with a history of benefaction, and the same is as true in the 21st century as it has ever been.


Different ways to support POLIS

Support Students: Open doors to a world-class education

The Department of Politics and International Studies is home to over 400 undergraduate and graduate students. POLIS students all have these things in common: brilliance, energy, an appetite for a challenge, and a desire to make their mark.

POLIS is committed to the principles that no student should be deterred from applying because of financial constraints, and that no student should have to leave because of financial difficulties.

The role of supporters who understand the significance of a world-class education, and the importance of making it available to the brightest students regardless of means, is indispensable. Through gifts in support of undergraduate and graduate bursaries and studentships, donors are helping to ensure that the most talented students can come to Cambridge regardless of their financial backgrounds, and thrive.

Support Academic Priorities: Sustain and develop programmes and Centres

With an intrinsically global and interdisciplinary perspective, and academic networks which stretch across the globe, spanning communities, age-groups, governments and non-government agencies, POLIS is at the forefront of research and teaching.

POLIS currently offers five undergraduate and graduate programmes, including the newly established MPhil in Public Policy. There are five Research Centres - the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, the Bennett Institute of Public Policy, the Centre of Geopolitics, the Cambridge Centre of Political Thought and the European Centre @ POLIS. The Department also publishes the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and is home to the Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa

Since 2009, in collaboration with the Centres, POLIS has organised cutting-edge workshops, conferences, discussion panels and other events, which have brought together academics, students and leading figures in the public and private sectors. Funding is required for further events, research positions, programming and space to enable POLIS to fulfill its full potential.

The wider Department of POLIS is also home to the five Centres -

How to make a donation

Should you chose to, there are a number of different ways you can make a donation.

Student Support

To directly support Cambridge students, you can make an online donation to Student Financial Support here.

The Department of POLIS

To donate directly to POLIS, you can make an online donation here.

Major projects

Major, individual gifts make a transformative impact to large-scale projects. To find out more about how to support projects on this scale, please contact , Associate Director of Major Gifts for the School of Arts and Humanities.


A gift to Cambridge in your Will could help POLIS flourish far into the future.  For many people, a gift in their Will is a good way to make a significant and lasting contribution.  It may cost nothing in their lifetime, yet provide much satisfaction and peace of mind in prospect. The Development and Alumni Relations office can advise you on making gifts in your will and on planning how best to support POLIS through your estate.