Types of course

The Faraday Institute offers two types of course on science and religion held at various venues within the University of Cambridge.

  • Short Courses are generally organised as two day events. These range from general introductory courses to more specialised topics on science and religion.
  • Summer Courses are week-long events which allow more in-depth coverage of science and religion topics. The primary aim of the summer course is to offer a programme of study for students that will draw on the research and teaching expertise of staff at the Faraday Institute, as well as teaching staff within Cambridge.

High profile lecturers are drawn from the international research community to lecture at all these courses.

Additional benefits

Other benefits of attending courses include digital course assets and access to a bookstall with an extensive range of recent science and religion books, many of them heavily discounted.

Who can apply?

Courses are open to graduates and undergraduates from any university in the world and are open to those of any faith or of none. Delegates are welcome from any stage of career.

Many courses are particularly appropriate for those teaching and doing research within the scientific community who may not normally have time to investigate this interdisciplinary arena.


Bursaries are only available for the Faraday Institute Summer Course in Cambridge. They are not available for any other Faraday course.
A limited number of Faraday bursaries are available to enable applicants from low-income countries to participate in a Faraday Summer Course. Each bursary will cover:

  • The full cost of the Course Fee (including food, accommodation etc) and
  • Some or all of the cost of return travel from the country of origin (up to maximum of £500).

All travel refunds will be made based on the necessary receipts.

Who can apply for a bursary?

Applicants must be:

  • An undergraduate or graduate of a recognised university from any country in the world;
  • Their level of English must be sufficient to benefit from the course;
  • The applicant must be in genuine financial need.

After completion of the course, the recipient will agree to publicise the work of the Faraday Institute in their home country.

How to apply

Faraday bursaries are awarded by open competition, the application procedure requires the submission of sufficient information to make assessment equitable. The Faraday Institute emphasises that it cannot engage in any discussion or correspondence about why a bursary application is unsuccessful.

To apply for a Faraday Bursary you need to:

  1. Fill in the application form and submit online
  2. Submit your CV and an explanation of how you will benefit from the course (200-400 words)


Bursary applications must be received by 31 January 2021. Applicants will be notified whether their application has been successful within 2 weeks.

Deadlines Bursary applications are now closed for the 2020 Summer Course.