Financial Support

It is well known that some students are managing on limited funds. At times this financial hardship can affect students' ability to work, their health and general welfare. The College offers funding to support study, travel, language learning, and sport; recognises academic achievement with College prizes; and has a number of music awards.

There are many sources of financial support available to Peterhouse undergraduates. Please follow the hyperlinks for more information. Student Finance (UK students only) - information on tuition fee and maintenance loans. Cambridge Bursary Scheme (UK students only) - students eligible for a UK student loan may also be eligible for an annual, non-repayable bursary of up to £3,500, depending on household income. This is awarded automatically if you agree to share your student finance information with us and does not need to be applied for separately. Other external bursaries are also listed.

Peterhouse Overseas Scholarships (students from outside the UK only)

Peterhouse will be offering up to two full-cost scholarships for candidates applying in October 2022 with overseas fee status from countries not covered by the Jardine Scholarship scheme, including students from the European Union. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, with consideration for the level of financial need of the individual student. Partial support for further candidates may also be available.

Cambridge Overseas Trust (students from outside the UK only) - the main source of scholarships for undergraduate overseas wishing to study at Cambridge. These are full or part-cost awards, which may be specific to country, region or subject studied. This includes the Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship for students from areas of instability or conflict.

Jardine Scholarships (students from China and South East Asia only) - full-cost scholarships for students available to students from China and South East Asia. Peterhouse is one of only four Colleges within the University of Cambridge which participate in this scheme.

University of Cambridge which participate in this scheme. Grants, College Scholarships and College Prizes (for current Peterhouse students only) - further support and awards are available to students while they are studying at Peterhouse.

Organ Scholarships

If you play the organ, you may be interested in applying to Peterhouse as an Organ Scholar. Our Director of Music, Dr Simon Jackson, is always happy to receive enquiries about joining Peterhouse Chapel Choir or interested in learning more about an Instrumental Award at Cambridge. Please contact him with any questions about the application process or to arrange a visit. The Organ Scholars play a vital role in the musical life of the Chapel. The College has a strong musical tradition and, working in collaboration with the Director of Music, Dr Simon Jackson, and the Dean, the Organ Scholars play an active role in leading and shaping the musical life of the College. Organ Scholars are appointed through the University of Cambridge central competition for Organ Scholarships. Candidates may read any of the subjects offered by the College.

Organ Scholars at Peterhouse are fully involved in all aspects of the music-making in Chapel: duties include rehearsing and training the choir, conducting and accompanying services, and helping to organise tours, concerts and other events. Working with a professional Director of Music, Organ Scholars graduate from Peterhouse with highly-developed musical skills and many go on to pursue successful musical careers.

A wide range of opportunities and benefits are on offer to Organ Scholars at Peterhouse. The scholarships themselves have a financial value and also entitle the holder to free singing, choral conducting and organ lessons with professional teachers. The Organ Scholars are entitled to some of the largest rooms in College, at a subsidised rent, with a piano provided. Choir practices are always followed by Formal Hall at College expense. Choir meals are traditionally convivial occasions and are supplemented by several black tie dinners during the course of the year. The choir goes on regular national and international tours, most recently to Belgium and Iceland, generously subsidised by the College. The choir sings Choral Evensong twice weekly throughout Full Term, on Sundays and Wednesdays. Each service is preceded by a 90 minute rehearsal. In addition to the regular services, there is a variety of other choral services in Chapel, the annual Commemoration of Benefactors service, a termly Sung Eucharist and the Advent Carol Service amongst them. The choir also sings grace in Hall for College Feasts and plays a prominent role in College Concerts. The Chapel organ was built in 1765 by Snetzler, rebuilt in 1895 by Hill and again in 1963 by Mander, and has mechanical action for the Great, Swell and half the Choir divisions.

There is a separate and earlier application process for those applying for Organ Scholarships with a deadline of 1st September. Application forms, audition dates and details of the University-run Organ Scholarships Open Day can be found on the University website.