How to apply

The 2019 CSAR PhD Student Awards of £1,000 each, are intended to recognise outstanding research with real world application and to assist students to pursue their research or careers.

The awards are open to students, in any discipline at the University of Cambridge, currently studying for their Ph.D. at the deadline for application. Selection of applicants will be at the discretion of the CSAR PhD Student Awards Committee.

The applicant is initially required to submit online a description of their research and its real world application, in no more than 100 words, by 23:59, on Sunday 9 December 2018.

The application form is available here. Applicants will receive an automated e-mail response upon submission of their application.

Where research is being undertaken as part of a team, the applicant is required to include an estimate of their personal contribution to the project and include the contact information of a team leader, who can verify their involvement.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in mid-December and invited to give a ten minute presentation on their research to the award committee, in late February 2019. The exact date will be confirmed nearer the time.

Successful candidates will receive their award at a ceremony before a regular CSAR meeting in the Spring of 2019.

In return, Award winners will be asked to present their work in a 10 minute slot (including questions) at a regular CSAR lecturer evening. Subsequently this presentation will be posted on the CSAR website.

Award winners are also expected to submit a short (350 word) report on how the award was used, within nine months of receipt of the award.

If the recipient’s time permits, they may be invited to present their research and inspire students, in schools around Cambridge and/or participate in the selection committee for future CSAR awards.

If Award winners request it, CSAR will endeavour to provide opportunities for personal development and meeting influential professionals in their area of interest, within the University of Cambridge and other organisations. This will also include an opportunity to meet the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research of the University, in April 2019.

Please send any queries, or report any issues arising during your application, to the secretary of the Student Award Committee, Jane Baker, at


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