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University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies



Please do NOT contact prospective PhD supervisors or the Centre's academic staff directly as they are unable to respond to individual queries about PhD application.

The University's Postgraduate Admissions website has all the information you require to make a formal application for the PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies.

Please complete and send the PhD Enquiry Form, including your cv and detailed research proposal, to the Centre Administrator ( before you make a formal application. The Centre will then provide feedback and advise you further. 

Please ensure that you return your PhD Enquiry Form and supporting documents to the Centre by Wednesday 15 December 2021 to enable sufficient time for review before the PhD application deadline of Thursday 6 January 2022.

In summary, you will need to provide for your application:

  • a completed Applicant Portal application.
  • 2 academic references.
  • 1 personal reference (only if you are applying for the GATES Cambridge Scholarship).
  • academic transcripts
  • evidence of your competence in English (only in the case where English is not your native language).
  • Please include a statement (approximately 3,000 words) of your research proposal, including aims and methods, sources and the location of the proposed research. You should explain why the topic is important and innovative and what existing literature it contributes to. We expect applicants to demonstrate previous engagement with gender studies topics. Include with your statement a listing of specific resource needs for your research (such as travel budget, fieldwork etc.) and an outline of any experience (including employment and non-academic experience) relevant to your application.

Admissions deadlines

Applications for the academic year 2022-23 will open on Wednesday 1 September 2021. The application deadline date is Thursday 6 January 2022.

Please note that many Funding deadlines are earlier than the course application deadlines.