The Quantedge – Cambridge Refugee Masters Scholarship


The Quantedge-Cambridge Refugee Masters Scholarship was established in 2020 by the Quantedge Foundation; which is a philanthropic foundation based in Singapore. 

The Studentship is available annually to support one student who has been awarded ‘refugee status’ in the UK, or has formerly held refugee status, or is from an area of instability/conflict, to study for an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) at King’s College, Cambridge. All full-time MPhil subjects offered by the College are eligible for this Studentship. 

Our Vision - A more inclusive and resilient society, where everyone has equal access to transformational opportunities that enable them to achieve their full potential.
 - Quantedge Foundation



The Studentship is intended to fully cover the University Composition Fee and the recommended Maintenance costs, for one Refugee or Home student. 

Overseas candidates are also encouraged to apply, on a partially-funded basis.

Candidates that already have existing partial funding are also welcome to apply for the Studentship.

(Refugee, Home and Overseas refers to the University course fee status.)

How to Apply


Please note that applications for 2023/24 are now closed.

The information shown below is for students who will be applying to commence studies in 2024/25:

1. Apply to the University of Cambridge to study your chosen course:

We advise you to apply to the University as soon as possible. You are not required to specify King's College on your admissions application, but you must be willing to transfer to King's.

2. During your course application process, please indicate that you wish to apply for funding. If you may be eligible, you will be presented with information, through the portal, in order to apply for this Studentship.

The successful candidate will be selected at the discretion of the relevant course Director of Studies, together with Graduate and Senior Tutors. 

If you have any queries about this Studentship, please email:

Deadline for consideration: 30th April 2024


Refugee Status Definition

In the UK, a refugee is a person who has fled their country, and is seeking protection because of a fear of being persecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion. You have been given permission to stay in the UK, and granted official ‘refugee’ status. You have a letter from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to confirm this. 

Studentship Feedback

Towards the end of their time in Cambridge, the holder of the Studentship will be expected to submit a brief report on their academic work, describe their experience at King’s, and indicate their intentions for the future. This will be shared with the Quantedge Foundation and the College Development Office, and will help King’s in the future selection and development of the studentship programme.

About King’s College, Cambridge


King’s College was established in 1441 by the vision of King Henry VI, to take scholars from Eton College, also founded by King Henry. King’s College is one of the best-known colleges within the University of Cambridge, and is highly regarded for both its academic output and the work of its Choir, whose music is enjoyed by millions of listeners at Christmastime.

Notable alumni include writers E.M.Forster, Zadie Smith, Rupert Brooke, Salman Rushdie and J.G.Ballard;  economists John Maynard Keynes, Richard Stone and Oliver Hart (the latter two both being Nobel Laureates);  Alan Turing, mathematician, cryptographer and originator of programmable computing and artificial intelligence; geneticist and double Nobel Laureate Fred Sanger; composers Judith Weir and Thomas Adès; and baritone opera singer Gerald Finley.

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