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  • 1,000 bursaries of each worth £1,000 are available as part of the Cambridge Thousand Futures Bursary to part-fund an undergraduate course at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).
  • The £1,000 bursary applies to all part-time, remotely delivered (online), 60 CATS credit, undergraduate courses provided by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education commencing during Michaelmas Term (October) of the 2020-21 academic year.

A complete list of costs for eligible courses can be seen below.

  • The bursary is open to anyone who falls into one of the following six categories:
  1. A permanent UK resident who has been furloughed under the official HM Government job retention scheme
  2. A permanent UK resident and has been made redundant on or after 1 April 2020
  3. A permanent UK resident accessing the UK Government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
  4. A permanent UK resident aged 70 or over by 1 April 2020
  5. A permanent UK resident who is defined as most at risk by the NHS (“shielded”), as defined by receipt of NHS letter
  6. A key worker, as defined by the Government’s list

*Additional eligibility criteria added on 19 June 2020*

  • Other requirements for bursary eligibility (for all categories 1 - 6) are as follows:
  • Students must be aged 18 or over by 1 September 2020. Proof of age may be required.
  • Students must be a UK Citizen, holder of UK Permanent Resident Status, holder of UK Refugee Status or a citizen of a country within the EEA and who has ordinarily been resident in the UK for the previous three years prior to 1 September 2020. Proof of nationality or residency may be required.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy the University of Cambridge’s language requirements for undergraduate courses.  Applicants should preferably have written proof of their English Language level at the time of application.  If written proof cannot be provided within 14-days of application the bursary offer may be withdrawn.

English language requirements for undergraduate courses can be found on our website.

  • Bursaries will be awarded on a first-come, first served based (based on time and date of application) to those who meet the bursary criteria and who provide the required proof of eligibility.
  • Course applications must be completed in full to be considered for the bursary scheme. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • An applicant’s bursary will not be confirmed until written proof of their eligibility has been received, they have been accepted on to the relevant course and their first course payment installment has been received. Bursaries will be allocated to eligible applicants once their eligibility and payment is confirmed, hence early applications are encouraged. 
  • Students who have already enrolled on an eligible course for the 2020 - 21 academic year and who fall into one of the eligible applicant categories are invited to apply for the Thousand Futures bursary retrospectively. This group will be contacted by a member of ICE staff.
  • ICE reserves the right to decline a candidate if they do not meet the entry requirements set out for their chosen course.
  • Individuals who are found to have falsely claimed eligibility for the Thousand Futures Bursary will have the bursary revoked and will be required to pay the full outstanding balance before attending the course. Anyone deciding not to proceed with the course in the event that they have the bursary revoked will not be entitled to a refund and will forfeit all of the monies paid to date.
  • Individuals who cancel will have the bursary revoked and our standard refund policy will apply.
  • Only one bursary can be used for each course booking. In the event that an applicant qualifies for more than one bursary, they should decide which course application they wish to apply to their bursary to.
  • Bursaries are non-transferable and should only be used by the person for whom they are intended.
  • Individuals can only be awarded the Cambridge Thousand Futures Bursary once. 
  • Bursaries cannot be used in conjunction with any other course discounts or promotional offers.
  • A valid ICE course gift voucher can be used in conjunction with a bursary.
  • Places on courses are subject to availability. 
  • The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education reserves the right not to deliver any course if it does not recruit to viable student numbers. Applicants will be refunded any fees due at this point.
  • ICE reserves the right to withdraw this bursary at any time.

Courses eligible for the bursary and associated fees

Eligible Courses

Full Fee

Fee minus bursary

Undergraduate Certificates

Archaeology of Ancient Britain

Classical Studies

Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction

Creative Writing: Fiction and Writing for Performance

English Literature: Approaches to Literary Study



History of Art: Early Modern to Contemporary


Infectious Diseases

International Development

Making of the English Landscape: Landscape History and Archaeology

Philosophy: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language and Ethics


Study of Medieval England

Undergraduate Diplomas

Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction and Writing for Performance

Creative Writing: Advanced Non-fiction

English Literature: Literature Past and Present

Evolutionary Biology

History of Art: British Visual Culture



(60 credits)



(60 credits)

Undergraduate Certificates

Cognitive Psychology

International Relations

Operational Business and Management

Strategic Business and Management

Undergraduate Diplomas

International Relations

Historic Building Conservation

Creativity: Theory, History and Philosophy


(60 credits)


(60 credits)

Undergraduate Certificates


Undergraduate Diplomas


Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas

Research in the Arts and Sciences

Research, Theory and Practice


(60 credits)


(60 credits)