King's offers several competitive studentships open to candidates from EU and overseas countries. All awards are based on academic excellence as well as on financial need. Awards will be made to help support fees and maintenance costs for the duration of a student's course.
For EU undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding academic merit and equivalent financial circumstances, King’s will offer up to ten awards to supplement the Cambridge Bursary at a level that matches the financial support available to UK undergraduates in government grants and loans.
Overseas candidates are eligible to apply for financial support from the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts. King’s offers additional overseas studentships based on financial need and academic excellence.
There is no separate application process for these studentships. Undergraduate offer-holders will be automatically considered as part of the post-offer process of documenting and assessing their financial situation.
One or several of the following studentships may be awarded in each year. There is no expectation that the interests or background of recipients will match those of the scholars after whom they have been named. These studentships commemorate past members of the College who have in various ways helped to establish our strong international presence.
Ernest Gellner Studentship
Having grown up in Prague, the philosopher and anthropologist Ernest Gellner (1925-95) came to King's in 1984 as the William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology. He had studied at Oxford, and previously taught at the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh. After retiring from Cambridge in 1993, he returned to Prague as Resident Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Nationalism at the Central European University.
Wanda Henry Studentship
Wanda Maree Henry (1962-96) came to King's as a Research Fellow in Engineering in 1989. In 1993, Henry returned to Australia to take up a Lectureship at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Scholarships in her memory have been established at La Trobe University and at the Australian National University.
Anne McLaren Studentship
Dame Anne McLaren (1927-2007) was a reproductive biologist and developmental geneticist who came to King's as a Senior Research Fellow in 1992, and became an Honorary Fellow in 1996. She was the Director of the Medical Research Council's Mammalian Development Unit at University College London from 1974-92, and the Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the Royal Institution from 1990-95. McLaren was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1975, and in 1991 became the first woman to serve as the Royal Society's Foreign Secretary.
George Plimpton Studentship
George Plimpton (1927-2003) was a writer, journalist, actor, and literary editor who came to King's from Harvard in 1950 to pursue a second B.A. and then an M.Phil. in English literature. Amongst a host of other pursuits, Plimpton went on to become the first and only editor of The Paris Review, a legendary literary magazine he directed for fifty years.
Joan Robinson Studentship
The economist Joan Robinson (1903-83) was the first woman to become an Honorary Fellow of King's in 1979. Robinson published The Accumulation of Capital (1956) among more than a dozen other books on economics, including several for a general readership.
Otakar Vočadlo Studentship
Otakar Vočadlo (1895-1974) was a Professor of English literature, first at Bratislava, then at the Charles University in Prague. He survived Terezin, Auschwitz, and Buchenwald, and was brought to King's in 1945, where he was put up in the Lodge by Provost Sheppard. He returned in 1947 and 1964. Having been twice removed from his Professorship by the Nazis, and retired by the Communists, he was rehabilitated during the Prague Spring and then dismissed again within a year. He published on Karel Čapek, Shakespeare, and the Czech reception of English literature.