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POLIS PhD Studentships

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is pleased to announce the availability of 5 new PhD studentships, each funding a full-time 3-year doctoral degree in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Four of these studentships are part of a long-term initiative to support postgraduate study in Politics and International Studies, funded by YouGov. 

Each studentship will cover fees and maintenance at the standard Research Council rate.

The studentships will be merit-based, with preference to applicants from the UK/EU. All students who are offered a place on the PhD course will be automatically considered and no additional application is necessary.

The course start date is 1 October 2019. The deadline for applications is 3 January 2019. More information on the course can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

If you would like to enquire about the POLIS PhD Studentship, please contact the PhD Administrator on


You can find full information about course fees on the Graduate Admissions website.

As a graduate student at the University you are liable to pay a University Composition Fee (UCF) and you are also expected to have 'maintenance' funds to support your living costs whilst you are studying. The value of the UCF is dependent on your 'fee status', which is determined according to your nationality and place of permanent residence.

If you are made a conditional offer of admission to Cambridge, you will need to obtain sufficient funding for the full duration of your course. Evidence of funding is required before your admission to the University can be confirmed. This is known as a financial undertaking. 


The majority of PhD students in POLIS are successful at obtaining scholarship funding. Within your application, you are invited to select which funding sources and other scholarships for which you wish to be considered. These include scholarships from Gates Cambridge, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Cambridge Trusts. POLIS participates in the ESRC doctoral training partnership, and information on studentships available through that route is available here. Information about applying for AHRC funding, which involves a separate application form, is available here

POLIS applicants who have research interests in public policy are eligible for PhD funding from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. See this link for further details. 

Some of these funding routes have restrictions by subject or the nationality of the applicant, and it is worthwhile to check for which you will be eligible. Further details about these funding sources and further possible sources are available on the Graduate Admissions funding webpages.