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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Bursaries are opening up the Cambridge learning experience to more people.

One of the Institute of Continuing Education’s strategic priorities is to develop and promote opportunities to study at the University of Cambridge to a broad range of adult learners. This includes people from a variety of professional backgrounds, those who have never experienced higher education before, those who are studying for personal interest including into pre and post retirement and those whose financial circumstances might prove a barrier to study.

The work, life, study balance

We recognise that many adult learners are balancing competing calls on their time and finances. The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) has long offered an alternative route to a Cambridge education through its part-time and flexible learning options. Many of our courses – from short one day introductory sessions all the way through to University of Cambridge Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses – are available through part-time study. This enables learners to maintain personal and professional commitments while also studying at ICE.

Help with the financial commitment

We know that for many potential adult students, paying for the costs of studying at a leading university like Cambridge can be challenging. We have a number of different bursary schemes on offer to help remove or reduce this potential barrier to learning with us.

Find out more

Information about bursaries currently on offer is set out below. We regularly update this information as new bursary schemes are launched so please check back from time to time if you do not see a bursary that reflects your personal situation.

Bursaries currently available

Bursary scheme terms and conditions

Bursary partners

We also work with a number of partner organisations to design bursaries that reflect the needs of those in particular sectors of the workplace, or those who do not currently work or have never experienced higher education. These collaborations may include contributing to the financial costs of providing bursaries or promoting bursaries through your network or membership group.

If you would like to join us in widening access to a Cambridge education for people in your organisation or sector, please get in touch for an informal conversation via the ‘contact us’ button on the right.

Contact Us

Do you have any questions regarding our bursaries? Get in touch with us, we'd love to hear from you.