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Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Part-time Master's and Postgraduate Certificate courses from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Scholarships, bursaries and other sources of funding

We strive to enable all qualified applicants to study on the IDBE and are pleased to offer a range of merit- and need-based scholarships and bursaries for 2020 entrants on admission. Competition for funding varies from year to year, so applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

IDBE Master’s bursaries

We have increased our funding of bursaries for 2020 Master’s entrants in response to the growing financial challenges associated with the Covid-19 crisis. We strive to enable qualified applicants to study on the IDBE and encourage all applicants with financial needs, including those with part-funding from their company or any other source, to consider applying for a bursary.

Typically, bursaries range from 10 to 30 per cent of the combined graduate fee. This year, our additional funding in response to the Covid-19 crisis will allow us to provide a number of bursaries of up to 50 per cent, based on need as detailed in the bursary application statement.

To be considered please email a supporting ‘Bursary Application Statement’ to  after you have submitted your course application (which must be submitted via the normal route) detailing:

  • Your employment status and location
  • What other funding options you have investigated
  • Whether you have asked your employer for funding
  • How attendance on the programme will impact you
  • How much you can realistically afford
  • Any other compelling reasons

Successful bursary applicants will be notified as soon as possible after all interviews have taken place. The bursary is not transferable and will be applied as a discount – half of the agreed bursary applied to the first year fee and half applied to the second year fee.
The closing date for bursary applications is 1 June 2020.

Please note: Recipients must be able to pay the remaining fees, and meet the accommodation, food and travel costs associated with attending the residential weeks.

 

The IDBE Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Ability

One competitive 50 per cent scholarship is available for an IDBE Master’s applicant who demonstrates outstanding academic ability. Applications are welcomed from high-achieving professionals in all areas of the built environment from anywhere in the world.

The competition is for the programme starting September 2020. The scholarship will cover 50 per cent of the total fee for the two-year course (£5362.50 in each year). Applications will be accepted until 1 June 2020.

More information on eligibility criteria and the application procedure is available here.

 

Pomeroy Academy Scholarship

New for 2020 applications, the Pomeroy Academy and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, have established a scholarship for prospective students of the Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE). The Pomeroy Academy Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment serves to support one student per year from the South East Asian region who can demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, the design and development of sustainable built environments.

The scholarship is for £7500. The scholarship will be applied as discount to the course fees: 50% of the scholarship (£3750) against the first-year fee and 50% (£3750) of the scholarship against the second-year fee. Applications will be accepted until 1 June 2020.

For more information, including details of the eligibility criteria and application process, click here.

 

Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Scholarship

The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Scholarship is to support one IDBE Master’s student from anywhere in the world who can demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, sustainability in the built environment. The scholarship is worth £5,000 for each academic year of the programme, worth £10,000 in total. Applications will be accepted until 16 May 2020.

To be eligible, applicants must be a graduate with at least 3 years post-qualification experience in the built environment. They must be working as a surveyor and must submit a full application to the IDBE Master’s either before, or alongside, their scholarship application. The scholarship will be awarded to the successful applicant once s/he has received an offer of admission to the IDBE Master’s and fulfilled any admission conditions set by the University.

For more information about the eligibility criteria and application process, click here.

 

Other sources of funding

Many companies recognise the benefit of their employees participating in the IDBE programmes and as such, support them by paying their course fees, either in full or in part.   When this is not possible, we would suggest exploring some of the funding options below:

For the Master’s programme only, EU citizens may be eligible for a UK government loan (visit the UK Government website to find out more). This site also contains details of (very limited) other funding opportunities.

The University's Institute of Continuing Education lists a number of possible sources of funding for part-time study. We have also have compiled a list of resources which might be helpful in identifying potential sources of funding.

There is a website that provides access to general information on University-administered and external sources of funding and loans for graduate students, and includes a searchable database. Much of this is geared towards full-time study and Master of Studies (part-time) students are not eligible to apply to the Cambridge Trusts, for example. Nevertheless, it may be worth checking if anything suitable is available, since the database is updated frequently. 

 

Please  if you have further questions.


CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding according to UK Government and WHO advice. At the present time, we are delivering our programmes on schedule through dynamic and engaging online platforms. We expect to return to our normal modes of programme delivery as soon as circumstances allow.

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding according to UK Government and WHO advice. At the present time, we are delivering our programmes on schedule through dynamic and engaging online platforms. We expect to return to our normal modes of programme delivery as soon as circumstances allow.

Testimonials

“Living and working on the small Caribbean island of Grenada, although idyllic, felt isolating and disconnected from emerging trends in the built environment… I missed the intellectual stimulation, rigor and experimentation that I enjoyed while at university. I had long considered joining the IDBE program… when the IDBE at 20 scholarship competition was launched, the prospect of attending the course seemed finally in reach.

Being awarded the scholarship and completing the IDBE programme proved to be hugely rewarding. The cohort based structure builds a sense of community that forms the base of support for learning and engagement over the duration of the course. The incredibly diverse student body from all over the world lends a distinctively international outlook to the programme. I have made lifelong friendships and professional connections that continue to be a resource for me in my personal and professional life.

Each residential week was thoughtfully organized to maximize the impact of the lectures, seminars and projects in a compressed timeframe. The tutors, lecturers, supervisors and administration were first rate and were genuinely interested in seeing you succeed. I used my time in Cambridge to recharge and rethink what is possible. I so looked forward to this time when I could “unplug” from the office and immerse myself in my coursework, the city and university. I will miss going to Cambridge and most of all the time spent with the members of my cohort. I would strongly encourage anyone who is looking to reinvigorate and rethink their position within the built environment to apply to the IDBE course.”

Trevor Bullen, winner of the inaugural IDBE Scholarship

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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator