International Disabled Students’ Fund at University of Cambridge 196 views



Type of Funding

Partially funded




The University of Cambridge is inviting international students who are disabled to apply for funding under the International Disabled Students’ Fund (IDS Fund). Both incoming students who are holding an offer of admission and those currently enrolled are eligible to apply.


Academic related disability support may include:

  • An independent needs assessment
  • Specialist equipment required for studying, such as computer software or a digital voice recorder
  • Non-medical help, such as a note-taker or Specialist 1:1 study skills and
  • Extra travel costs due to disability.

Students and offer holders are encouraged to apply as early as possible so that any support requirements are in place for the beginning of term.


Offer holders and students of the University who are classified as international students for fees purposes are eligible to apply to the Fund for support in meeting the costs of academic-related disability support.

In order to be eligible as an international student for support applicants must:

  • Be a current registered student or a confirmed offer holder at the University of Cambridge, and be classed as an ‘international student’ (EU or Non-EU) for fees purposes
  • Be ineligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)
  • Be able to provide documentation of a diagnosed disability according to the Equality Act (2010), such as a medical letter or specialist report in a certified English translation
  • Agree to undergo an independent Needs Assessment, if required

The Equality Act (2010) defines a ‘disabled person’ as ‘someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term (over 12 months) adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.


Applications can be done online or by submission of a form, at anytime during the year. There is no deadline for applications.

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