The information below relates to the University's means-tested, UK undergraduate scholarships (based on household income) only. Find out about postgraduate scholarships

What is a scholarship?

A scholarship is a competitive and prestigious award given to students who meet certain criteria. At Leeds we have two types:

a) automatic scholarships based on grades (handled by specific faculties) and

b) non-automatic, means-tested scholarships based on a range of criteria including household income (handled by our undergraduate scholarships team).

The scholarships based on income will require you to submit an application before you enter the University. When selecting students for a scholarship based on income, we also take into account factors such as:

  • academic achievement
  • personal circumstances
  • personal accomplishment
  • interests
  • educational background

The scholarships based on income include on-course opportunities through the Plus Programme: peer support, a welcome day, social events, skills workshops and dedicated staff support. They are designed to encourage you to make the most of your time at Leeds. The scholarships are limited in number and very competitive; submitting your form by the deadline and meeting the eligibility criteria will not guarantee that you receive an award.

The faculty based automatic scholarships do not normally require you to submit an application; they are offered in certain subject areas (based on grades) and you will be informed by the admissions team for your school if you qualify after registering at Leeds. 

I'm an NHS-funded student — am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Medicine and Dentistry students (who are currently partially funded by the NHS) can apply for a means-tested scholarship; if they are successful they would receive it during the first three years of their degree. They would stop receiving the scholarship after year four of their degree, when their fees are covered by the NHS.

The automatic scholarships based on grades all have different criteria; please see the terms and conditions for each scholarship for further information.

I haven't applied for means-tested government funding (student loan) — does that matter?

To be considered for a scholarship based on income we will need the final assessment of your household income from the government to confirm your financial eligibility to receive an award.

You will need to apply to be means-tested by the government at some point, as we cannot make any payments to you without this proof of your income level. However, we do not need to see this proof until after you have registered at the University. You can still apply for a scholarship before you have applied for means-tested government funding.

The automatic scholarships based on grades all have different criteria; please see the terms and conditions for each scholarship for further information.

I already have experience of higher education - am I still able to apply for a scholarship?

Unfortunately not; the scholarships based on income are targeted at students who have not yet entered higher education. However, this does not exclude foundation year students currently studying at level 0 (as long as they move into level one in 2018/19.

Please see the terms and conditions for the automatic scholarships based on grades for details of eligibility criteria.

How do I give you my bank account details to receive the scholarship money?

Once you have a University username and password you can give us your bank account details securely online if you are awarded a scholarship based on household income. You can do this in the academic admin section of Minerva

Your faculty will provide you with separate instructions if you are awarded an automatic scholarship based on grades.

My financial assessment by the Student Loans Company (SLC) is delayed. How will this affect my scholarship?

In terms of scholarships based on household income it will depend on your circumstances, but we are here to help. The undergraduate scholarships team can provide assistance on a one-to-one basis by contacting the SLC with you. We would never take a scholarship based on household income away from you due to a delay in assessment (but we can't normally start your payments until things have been finalised). If you are struggling financially however, in certain circumstances we may be able to release an early payment to you.

I'm intending to study as a part-time student; can I apply for a scholarship?

All of our scholarships based on income require the recipients to be paying 100% of the full UK undergraduate fees (£9,250 for students starting in 2018/19; fee waivers from within the University exempted).

The automatic scholarships based on grades all have different criteria; please see the terms and conditions for each scholarship for further information.

I'm an international student — am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

No, unfortunately the scholarships based on income are only for students paying full UK undergraduate tuition fees.

Information is available about our scholarships available to international students. You can also check your prospective school's web pages as well as the International Office's web pages.

I'm intending to study as a postgraduate; do any of these scholarships apply to me?

No, these scholarships are available for undergraduates only. Please check the postgraduate scholarships database for information relating to your mode of study.

Do I need to have an offer to study at Leeds before I can apply for a scholarship?

You can apply for a scholarship based on household income before you have an offer to study at Leeds.

Our pre-entry application deadlines are early so we can try to give you a provisional decision as quickly as possible. However we realise that not everyone will have received an offer decision at this point.

If you are subsequently not offered a place at Leeds, your scholarship application will simply be withdrawn. The important thing is that you submit your scholarship application form by the relevant closing date as we cannot consider any received after the deadline.

Please see the terms and conditions for the automatic scholarships based on grades for details of eligibility criteria.

I didn't realise that these scholarships existed; will late applications be accepted?

Late applications cannot be accepted for scholarships based on household income. The deadline and application form will be on our webpages from early 2018 and open for several months to give you plenty of time to apply.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship based on household income?

If you submit a scholarship application form, we will automatically consider you for every scholarship based on household income where you meet the criteria and deadline so you only need to submit one application. However, if you are provisionally successful in your application for several scholarships, you will normally only receive the award of highest value (so we can help as many students as possible).

Please note: information relating to scholarships does change from time to time. Whilst the University endeavours to keep this information as up to date as possible, it cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies.