If you are applying for a postgraduate course for 2017 you may be eligible to apply for our £5,000 Leeds Masters Scholarships.

The aim of the scholarship is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification. The job market is becoming progressively more competitive, and a postgraduate qualification will help set you apart and help you take advantage of potential career opportunities.

The Scholarships are funded by the generous donations from our alumni through the University of Leeds Footsteps Fund.

Applications for the Leeds Masters Scholarship Scheme are open. The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 14 July 2017. 

Value

£5,000 paid in cash instalments when you are registered on your course (and we have verified this).

It is your responsibility to make arrangements to pay your fees to enable you to register on your course.

Then, if you are awarded a Leeds Masters Scholarship, it will be paid to you in cash instalments when you are registered on your course (and we have verified this).

Criteria

To be eligible to apply for one of these scholarships you must meet all of the main criteria and one of the financial criteria.

Main criteria

You must meet all of the main criteria:

  • commence a full-time, part-time or distance learning Masters programme at the University of Leeds beginning September 2017. This must lead directly to an MA, MBA, MEd, MMus, MPH, MRes, MSc or LLM qualification
  • be a UK student paying postgraduate tuition fees at the UK rate
  • not already hold a Masters degree
  • not have your postgraduate tuition fees covered for you for example by an employer or public funding body (eg NHS/NHSBSA)

Financial criteria

If you have completed full-time undergraduate studies you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • you graduated from full-time undergraduate education in 2014 or later, and are able to evidence that you were in receipt of a Maintenance Grant/Special Support Grant/Assembly Learning Grant/Welsh Government Learning Grant/SAAS Bursary for at least one year of study,
  • you graduated from full-time undergraduate education in 2013 or earlier and are able to evidence individual, gross taxable income during the 2015/16 tax year of no more than:

£32,630 if you lived in the Greater London region during the 2015/16 tax year
£23,373 if you lived anywhere else in the rest of the UK during the 2015/16 tax year

Or if you did not undertake full-time undergraduate studies you must meet the following criteria:

You studied part-time, or did not undertake studies at undergraduate level, or you started but did not complete studies at undergraduate level (ie you did not achieve a higher education qualification), and are able to evidence individual, gross taxable income during the 2015/16 tax year of no more than:

£32,630 if you lived in the Greater London region during the 2015/16 tax year
£23,373 if you lived anywhere else in the rest of the UK during the 2015/16 tax year

Selection and shortlisting

When selecting scholarship recipients our shortlisting takes into account a range of indicators which may show that an applicant is from a less-advantaged background; these indicators include, but are not limited to:

  • you were in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowance during undergraduate studies
  • you come from a ‘Low Progression Neighbourhood’ (ie – those students who come from an area where it is less common to progress to university)
  • you come from a postcode which scores highly over a range of deprivation topics (detailed in the Index of Multiple Deprivation datasets)
  • students who have been recognised as a refugee by the UK government, or have been granted humanitarian protection status, or students who are the partner or child f someone who has been granted refugee or humanitarian protection status.

This award is not open to applicants who miss the deadline for applications or those who do not meet the full eligibility criteria, including those who:

  • are applying for deferred entry in a year other than 2017
  • are studying/intending to study for a PGCE, postgraduate research degree, integrated Masters degree or intercalated degree
  • can access funding for their Masters course through NHS Student Bursaries
  • already hold a qualification at Masters level, including an enhanced first degree or integrated Masters degree

How to apply

The scholarships are highly competitive and just meeting the criteria will not guarantee you an award.

Applications for 2017 entry Leeds Masters Scholarships are open and the deadline is Friday 14 July 2017 at 5pm. Applications cannot be accepted after this time.

If you have any questions about the Leeds Masters Scholarships for 2017 entry, please contact the Leeds Masters Scholarships Administrator at pg-fsp@leeds.ac.uk or on 0113 343 7654 during office hours.

Browse our scholarships database to see other scholarships and bursaries that may be available for postgraduate study. Two sports scholarships programmes are also available to support elite athletes as they combine academic and sporting excellence during their time at the University.