In October 2022, we will welcome up to 50 students to Cambridge to undertake the Foundation Year course, free of charge, and with all living costs covered. On successful completion of the course, all students will be awarded a nationally recognised Certificate of Higher Education. Through a multi-disciplinary curriculum and being part of a College community, our Foundation Year scholars will enjoy the full Cambridge experience and be equipped for undergraduate study.
The first cohort of scholars can progress to any subject in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In future years, we intend to expand so that scholars can also progress to the sciences and technology.
An outstanding opportunity to have a far-reaching impact
Transforming scholars’ lives is a fundamental aim of the programme, made possible by providing the opportunity to benefit from a Cambridge education. But the transformation can go further than individuals, as scholars are empowered to have influence in the wider world, act as role models in their communities, and break down cycles of disadvantage. Cambridge will benefit from scholars becoming part of the community: the University will become even more excellent, inclusive, and reflective of wider society.
Help us transform the lives of talented individuals
From its very beginnings, the Foundation Year has been funded entirely through philanthropy.
An exceptionally generous founding gift from philanthropists Christina and Peter Dawson will enable the Foundation Year to launch and begin hosting scholars from 2022.
We want to secure the future of the Foundation Year so that students who have faced insurmountable disadvantages can study at Cambridge for many years to come. We are seeking support from those who are passionate about enabling students who have not yet had the opportunity to realise their potential.