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Graduate language training

How to obtain funding for graduate language training

The following information is mainly about languages other than English. However, we do have a comprehensive programme of Academic Development and Training for International Students (ADTIS) support also available.

For Graduate students in the Schools of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences only

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The following provision is available:

  • CULP Languages for Academic Purposes (LAP) Courses delivered by the Language Centre. The Schools of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have agreed to provide funding to ensure this area of language training is free for graduate students within the two Schools.
  • Supported self-study in the John Trim Centre and Language Advice sessions are free of charge
  • CULP Languages for All Courses to help you develop your direct communication skills for fieldwork, research collaboration and employability purposes. Fees are payable for these courses.

Bursary scheme

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral/PhD students only can apply for a bursary to cover the costs of the following types of tuition, which must be taken during the academic year in which the bursary is granted.
  • To apply for an Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences language training bursary please complete the online application form for the relevant cycle below.
  • Bursary applications will be considered in 2 cycles each year.
    • Cycle 1: Michaelmas Term 2018. Applications will open Monday 3rd September. Deadline: 9am Monday 1st October. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 5th October, after which they should register for their CULP course (or relevant external course). (Note that CULP courses running in Michaelmas/Lent Terms 2018-19 start on 15th October 2019.)
    • Cycle 2: Lent Term 2019. Applications will open Monday 4th February. Deadline: 9am Monday 4th March.

Graduate Students may also be able to request a financial contribution towards language study from their College. Please note that any such contribution will be at the discretion of the College concerned. You should also enquire if there is any additional financial support available from your Faculty/Department. The application form asks you to include an indication of the financial support you expect to obtain from other sources so please enquire before applying to this scheme.

Please note that bursary applications to cover funding for courses taken in previous academic years will not be considered. For any further clarification, please contact Jocelyn Wyburd: jmw234@cam.ac.uk.

For Graduate students in all other Faculties or Departments

  • Supported self-study in the John Trim Centre and Language Advice sessions are free of charge
  • Funding may be available within your own Faculty/Department to support your language training needs. Please enquire locally. The Language Centre will not necessarily be aware of what provision is in place. This might cover the costs of
  • The AJ Pressland Fund, administered by the Language Centre, provides bursaries for students of any science based discipline to take intensive language training in other countries during the Long Vacation. Priority is given to students who have already demonstrated a commitment to language learning, taking advantage of provision delivered within the Language Centre. For more information go to the Pressland Fund pages.
  • Enrolment on CULP Languages for Academic Purposes (LAP) Courses for Arts, Humanities and Social Science students may be possible if space is available. A fee will be chargeable.

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