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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Choosing Your Preference
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.