the CCIR Academy Admissions

Cambridge Future Scholar Programme

  • Spring 2022 Admission is OPEN

  • Summer 2022 Pre-Application is OPEN

1-on-1 Research Mentorship - Available All Year

Schedule Intake Meeting

For applicants for the 1-on-1 Research Mentorship, please first schedule an 30-minute Intake Meeting with our Academic Coordinator. This will serve not only as a programme info session. As we get to know you and your intellectual aspirations, we are kicking off the course design process.

Submit Application Form

After deciding upon which to apply for, complete and submit the required application form and documentation.

Read Prospectus and Complete Application Form

Download the course prospectus for the Cambridge Future Scholar programme or 1-on-1 Research Mentorship, explore the programme details, and carefully review the admissions process page.

For the programme-specific admission process, please see the Admissions section on each programme page.  Detailed tuition structure is available on the prospectus.

Before you embark on your admission process to the CCIR Academy programmes, be sure to read through the prospectus and FAQ.

Application Guideline

CCIR Academy’s Professor-Admission System

Instead of an operations team admitting and assigning students to each professor’s cohort or mentorship, at CCIR Academy, it’s the professors who make the final admission decision in each case. 


The CCIR Academics Team only conducts preliminary review and assists with admission logistics.  In the end, the professors will review, sometimes interview, and finally admit each student that they choose. Although this results often in smaller cohorts, this ensures that our professors are fully invested in each admitted student.


The CCIR Academics Team will review and shortlist applications in the pre-application pool first, early admission pool second, and lastly the regular admission pool.  The professor will review and admit students on a rolling basis. Because of the limited group size and professor’s availability, some research courses may close early before the next deadline.

Merit Scholarship and Need-based Financial Aid


Cambridge Future Scholar programme

Each Future Scholar applicant is automatically considered for one of the three CCIR Merit Scholarships (ranging from £200 to £500) based on funding availability, application materials, and interview assessment.  Should the student being awarded a CCIR Merit Scholarship, it will reflect on the student's offer letter.  


In the Summer round of 2021, about 35% of admitted students received some level of the merit scholarship.  In the Winter round of 2021, about 33% of admitted students received some level of the merit scholarship.


At CCIR, we are trying to make research opportunities accessible to as many students as possible.  In doing so, our first consideration is to award scholarships at different levels to as many students as possible.  Only after we are confident a good portion of our admitted students will receive a Merit Scholarship, we will proceed with using the remaining of our scholarship pool to provide Need-based Financial Aid to select students facing economic hardship.


CCIR Academy’s Financial Aid pool is limited and highly competitive.  Students who request less Financial Aid, or apply to programmes with lower tuition cost, will be prioritized, so more students could benefit from the rest of the funding.  To request a Financial Aid form, please email


Please submit your financial aid form (with supplements) and your application form (with attachments) together.

1-on-1 Research Mentorship programme

Every applicant for 1-on-1 Mentorship Programme is automatically considered for our CCIR Merit Scholarship based on funding availability, application materials, and interview assessment.

For the past rounds of 1-on-1 Research Mentorships, we were able to offer Merit Scholarships, on average covering 30% of the full tuition fee, for all admitted 1-on-1 students. Starting Spring 2022, additional Financial Aid options are no longer available for 1-on-1 Research Mentorships. Applicants who want to explore more financial assistance can continue to explore the Financial Aid options offered at the Cambridge Future Scholar programme.

Application Form

Choosing Your Preference

For Cambridge Future Scholar programme, please mark your top three preferences (starting from 1 to 3) on the form. Your application will be considered for your top preference first. If your top preference has closed for application, you will be considered for your second choice, and so on. If you are applying to both programmes at the same time, please indicate your preference at the additional notes section of the form to avoid delay in process.

Personal Statement

Please share with the professor and the CCIR Academics Team your own experience and story that can characterize yourself and your academic aspirations. Focus here on the specific field you are interested in, as the word count is limited.

Academic Bankground

Please indicate your current GPA (average score) and your GPA scale (full mark). If your school does not offer GPA, please indicate N/A, and we will review your transcript in accordance to your local standards. If you have any relevant experiences (e.g., summer school, competition, volunteering, etc.), please list them in a format of your choice. A separate document or CV is also acceptable.


For any activities that produce certificates, letters of reference, articles, or papers, please submit them with your application form. If your school does not offer a transcript in English — that is perfectly fine. We will translate your transcript for further review. Furthermore, we strongly encourage applicants to submit their CV or writing sample with us. The writing sample can be your recent course work, articles, essays, posters, or prior/working research papers. This will help the professor and the Academics Team understand your writing skills and your incoming background knowledge of the relevant subject. Please submit your attachment with your application form.



Usually within two weeks of submitting the application form, shortlisted applicants to either programmes will be invited to attend an interview with the research courses’ professor, TA, or an Academic Advisor of CCIR. In the latter two scenarios, the interview will be recorded and sent to the professor for final review. Applicants to the 1-on-1 Research Mentorship will be interviewed by an Academic Advisor. Applicants will be notified of the interviewer’s information beforehand. The interview will last around 20-30 minutes. The main purpose of the interview is to understand the applicant's background, existing knowledge of the subjects, and academic interests. We care less whether the applicant can get the correct answer for every question, although a solid academic background is expected. We are more interested in how they think about the problems given therein. We want to see if they can think critically and how they deal with and work through a problem based on the information they have never encountered before.

Sample Questions

During the interview, the interviewer often starts with some simple questions. These questions often have only one correct answer. For example, for biology applicants, they might be given the questions such as "What is DNA?" or "What is protein biosynthesis". These questions give the interviewer an idea of what students have learned in school. After that, the interviewer will move on to more advanced questions. These questions often have multiple solutions, or they can be open questions. We encourage applicants to share their thinking process with the interviewer. Here are some sample questions we asked before: We play a game with two fair dice. Each has six sides. The first die is a usual one, with numbers on its sides from 1 to 6. The second die however is unusual, because it has a different set of numbers on its sides. If we roll the two dice together, the sum of the two numbers will be 1, 2, ..., 12 with an equal probability of 1/12 each. What are the numbers on the second die? (for STEM applicants) Is ‘if p, then q’ equivalent to ‘if q, then p’? Why? (for maths and computer science applicants) Can historians be unbiased? (for history applicants)

How to prepare for the interview?

We would encourage applicants to re-read their personal statement and any written work they submitted for their application. Meanwhile, applicants are strongly encouraged to read around the subjects, revise the materials they have learned in school, and practise how to think through complicated questions.

Tips To Complete Your Application Form and Prepare for the Interview