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Funding is there, but it's limited. Your best bet is probably college funding. There are two people on my MPhil who were awarded Cambridge Trust matched college funding, out of 12 on the course as a whole.

Not sure if you've had a look here - https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholars/awards/ - but it shows you how many people got awards for MPhil & PhD, and can be useful in terms of numbers - but equally, not useful in that you don't know anything about those applicants application forms and backgrounds.

I didn't get funding, and my supervisor said that it's more common not to get funding at masters level than it is to get it - but there are awards out there - at the end of the day someone has to get them...
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Just as an extra, since being here I've realised a lot of people have taken time out to raise the funds between undergraduate and masters level in order to afford (the ludicrous) fees. So you won't be alone if you did have to wait it out, get experience, and self-fund for a couple of years & reapply if the funding applications don't go as you hope. Best of luck.
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Funding is there, but it's limited. Your best bet is probably college funding. There are two people on my MPhil who were awarded Cambridge Trust matched college funding, out of 12 on the course as a whole.

Not sure if you've had a look here - https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholars/awards/ - but it shows you how many people got awards for MPhil & PhD, and can be useful in terms of numbers - but equally, not useful in that you don't know anything about those applicants application forms and backgrounds.

I didn't get funding, and my supervisor said that it's more common not to get funding at masters level than it is to get it - but there are awards out there - at the end of the day someone has to get them...
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Do you know anything about the backgrounds of the people who got the funding in your year? I assume they had perfect profiles?
Honestly, no idea about their backgrounds or applications. They're both great students and I assume they had solid backgrounds, but, it's Cambridge - that counts for many of the postgraduates here who don't get funding, too. Sorry that I can't be much more help specifically in terms of that.

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However, many Cambridge graduate students' details are on the public graduate faculty websites, including their research information, and sometimes their academic contact information. If someone were to be savvy I'm sure they could work out who got the various departmental MPhil scholarships from the link I attached previously, cross-reference to see if their research and contact information is available on the faculty site, and perhaps email them directly to ask if they'd be willing to offer any advice...
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Honestly, no idea about their backgrounds or applications. They're both great students and I assume they had solid backgrounds, but, it's Cambridge - that counts for many of the postgraduates here who don't get funding, too. Sorry that I can't be much more help specifically in terms of that.

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However, many Cambridge graduate students' details are on the public graduate faculty websites, including their research information, and sometimes their academic contact information. If someone were to be savvy I'm sure they could work out who got the various departmental MPhil scholarships from the link I attached previously, cross-reference to see if their research and contact information is available on the faculty site, and perhaps email them directly to ask if they'd be willing to offer any advice...
Ah, no worries. Cheers for the info anyway though!
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It depends on your application; they said to me that for English they focus on your submitted work and dissertation proposal. Did you have a clear idea of what you wanted to do, and was your submitted work strong, with clear arguments?
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Really? Where did you hear that - from the faculty? I think so. My submitted work was strong and my research proposal felt pretty thorough (i.e. on a parity with the examples they show on the website). My problem is that, as I've posted elsewhere, I only got a 2.1 for my overall degree and am worried that that will cancel out my good performance in the written work etc. Who knows though - I'll just have to see!
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Really? Where did you hear that - from the faculty? I think so. My submitted work was strong and my research proposal felt pretty thorough (i.e. on a parity with the examples they show on the website). My problem is that, as I've posted elsewhere, I only got a 2.1 for my overall degree and am worried that that will cancel out my good performance in the written work etc. Who knows though - I'll just have to see!
Yeah, you seem pretty clued up on the process. You're gonna be fine, and I wish you the very best of luck!! Xx
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