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The Department of Geography will fund a new undergraduate student from an underrepresented background to study for a Geography degree at the University of Cambridge. Black or mixed Black heritage students with a confirmed place can apply for the scholarship of up to £12,000 for each year of study. The Scholarship can be used to cover tuition fees or maintenance costs for the three year duration of the course. Receipt of this award will not affect eligibility for a Cambridge Bursary.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Geography Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Have one of the following categories of ethnicity (which are currently underrepresented in undergraduate Geography programmes across the UK, and at Cambridge):
    • Black African
    • Black Caribbean
    • Black Other
    • Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
    • Mixed – White and Black African
    • Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
  2. Have a confirmed place for entry to the University of Cambridge for a first undergraduate Geography degree, and due to commence study in October 2024. (You can check the status of your offer on UCAS Hub.) 
  3. Be a UK student and have been assessed for fee status as 'home'. You were advised of your fee status in the offer letter issued to you earlier this year. If you are in doubt, please contact the Cambridge College that has offered you a place.
  4. Have applied to Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, and have received confirmation that you have been assessed and will receive financial support. An income assessment must have been conducted and consent given to share the information with the University. Please note that if you are awarded a Geography Scholarship you will be able to reduce the amount of maintenance loan you take out to zero, but you will still need an income assessment from Student Finance to be able to receive the Cambridge Bursary.

How to apply

Applications will open in August 2024.

If you have questions regarding the Geography Scholarship please email

Apply for a scholarship

Applications for 2024 will open in August.