The University is pleased to announce the launch of the Humanitarian Response Fund to support students impacted by conflict or humanitarian crises. This initiative, led by the University International Response Task Force, provides financial assistance to those in need.


The University has pledged £100,000 to aid students facing financial difficulties due to conflicts or crises in their home countries. This fund will help cover unexpected shortfalls in living costs and exceptional caring responsibilities.


Grants will support living costs up to £5,000, in addition to any College awards and the University's standard financial assistance award of £2,500 for the academic year 2023–24.


  • Current students from zones of conflict and humanitarian crises (UNICEF Level 2 and Level 3 Emergencies List). Currently (as of June 21, 2024), Palestine, Sudan, Haiti, Myanmar, eastern Chad, and Ukraine.
  • Students with Refugee, Asylum Seeker, or Humanitarian Protection status.
  • UG, PGT and PGR who have valid permission to remain in the UK and where the situation in their home country prevents them from travelling home and they are forced to remain in Cambridge.

Support will be available for child dependents who reside with the student and for other exceptional caring responsibilities where such support is required to enable the student to complete their studies.

How to apply

Before completing the application form, please ensure you follow these steps:

  1. Talk to Your College Tutor: Discuss your intention to apply with your College Tutor. You will need to confirm this discussion has taken place within the application form.
  2. Read the Eligibility Criteria and Guidance: Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.
  3. Draft your responses: Use the Humanitarian Response Fund form (.docx) to draft your responses and share them with your College Tutor before applying.

Complete the application form


Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis by the International Response Task Force. Outcomes will normally be communicated within 2 weeks.


To launch immediately, and to remain in operation for the rest of the calendar year 2024, to be reviewed during Michaelmas Term 2024.


Please contact the International Response Team using the email address if you have any questions about your eligibility and the application process.

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