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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
IDBE Scholarship

We strive to enable all qualified applicants to study on the IDBE and offer a range of merit and need-based scholarships and bursaries. Applications for 2022 are open.


Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master’s bursaries

We strive to enable qualified applicants to study on the Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) program 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 50 per cent of the combined graduate fee, 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 16 May 2022.

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 a Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (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 2022. The scholarship will cover 50 per cent of the total fee for the two-year course (£5,647.50 in each year). Applications will be accepted until 16 May 2022.

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


Pomeroy Academy Scholarship

The Pomeroy Academy and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, offer a scholarship for prospective students of the 2022 Master’s. The Pomeroy Academy Scholarship for Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) serves to support one student per year from the countries in the Asia Pacific Region (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australasia, and Oceania) who can demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, the design and development of sustainable built environments.

The scholarship is for £8000. The scholarship will be applied as discount to the course fees: 50% of the scholarship (£4000) against the first-year fee and 50% (£4000) of the scholarship against the second-year fee. Applications will be accepted until 16 May 2022.

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 2022.

To be eligible, applicants must be a graduate with at least 3 years post-qualification experience in the built environment. They 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 accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Postgraduate programmes starting in 2022 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.


“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


Becky Stanley, Senior Project Manager