Margaret Beaufort Institute student bursaries

The Institute has three types of student bursary:

1. Named bursary:

  • Cornelia Connelly Bursary (donated by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus)
  • Newman Bursaries - for the DTM

2. Unnamed bursaries
3. Bursaries for students from African countries.

Value of bursaries

It is the Institute's policy to retain flexibility about the value of bursaries in order to respond to the needs of an individual student, and to make best use of the funding available in each of the three types of bursary funds.

We consider the whole of a student's course in allocating our bursaries. This ensures that students on two- and three-year courses have their need for funding throughout the duration of their study considered from the outset. Each case will be reviewed annually.

Use of bursary funding

Bursary funding may be applied to the payment of fees and/or student maintenance. Each case is considered individually.


  • No funding will be allocated to anyone who is over the age of 60 at the start of her course.
  • International students are not normally eligible for bursary support, with the exception of the separate provision for students from African countries. [Note: The definition of ‘international student’ used here is the one used by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Wales. It does not include European Union nationals].
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants are eligible for bursary funding.
  • Full and part-time students are eligible for bursary funding.
  • Students may apply at any stage of their course of studies, provided they apply before the cut-off point in any particular year.
  • The prime criterion for the selection of eligible students is financial need. This means that applicants must be willing to divulge their financial situation. They must also be able to show that they have exhausted other avenues for funding, including the advice they will be given by the Institute about other sources of funding. Students who are eligible for state grants, support through the Access to Learning Fund, or bursaries of Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge University must take up any such support as a condition of receiving a bursary. In the case of students eligible for a student loan, there is no requirement to take up a loan but the Principal will wish to discuss this with the applicant.
  • The second criterion used is the degree of match between the student and the Institute's admissions criteria, as judged by the Bursary Panel.
  • If there are more applicants who fulfil f. and g. above than there is funding available in any one year, preference will be given to students who are intending to work in Britain or in a developing country.

Timing of applications and decisions

Applications for funding should be made after the normal admissions process has been completed and a place has been offered. During the admissions process, applicants will indicate any intention to apply for a bursary and will receive advice on making an application, including the completion of an application form.

Individuals intending to make an application for bursary funding will therefore wish to complete the admissions process as early as possible in the academic year and by 1 May at the latest. Any applications made later than 1 May will not automatically be considered and such applicants may have to defer their entry if it is dependent on a bursary.

Students in the second or third years of their programme whose financial situation has changed and are applying for a bursary for the first time should also apply by 1 May. We encourage you to discuss your situation with the Principal as soon as possible.

Applicants for bursaries will be interviewed by the Principal during May and their application will be considered by the Bursary Panel (see below) during May or early June. Late applicants should inform the Principal of their interest in applying for a bursary and she will make a decision about whether a special panel meeting should be convened.

Conditions of bursaries

  1. Prospective students who have been awarded a bursary will be expected to show a firm commitment to taking up their place at the Institute, for example by prompt completion of any forms required, or booking of accommodation.
  2. Continuing students must have successfully completed all the requirements of the year before a bursary can be renewed. They should also have paid all outstanding bills to the Institute and Cambridge Theological Federation.
  3. The Bursary Panel will determine whether a student receives a named or unnamed bursary. Students in receipt of named bursaries will be expected to provide a brief profile of themselves, using a proforma that can be shared with the donors of their bursaries. They will also be asked to provide a short personal reflection at the end of their course of study.
  4. Recipients of the Cornelia Connelly bursary or CWL Bursary should be willing to meet with representative member(s) of the benefactors if requested.

Bursary Panel

The Panel comprises the Principal, one other member of the academic staff and one member of the Institute's Council or Trustees.

Appeals against decisions of the Panel

The decision of the Panel is final and there is no appeals procedure.

Hardship fund

The Principal has a small hardship fund available to meet time-limited and unforeseen circumstances that might arise during the year. This is separate from the bursary fund and is likely to involve arrangements for repayment at some stage.

You can download the Bursary Application Form.