The Leeds Masters Scholarships have now closed for 2018 entry. Full details of our 2019 entry scholarships will be available in spring 2019.

In the meantime, please see the below information regarding the scholarship.

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.

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 would 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 2019. 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 2015 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 2014 or earlier and are able to evidence individual, gross taxable income during the 2016/17 tax year of no more than:

£35,528 if you lived in the Greater London region during the 2016/17 tax year
£24,370 if you lived anywhere else in the rest of the UK during the 2016/17 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 2016/17 tax year of no more than:

£35,528 if you lived in the Greater London region during the 2016/17 tax year
£24,370 if you lived anywhere else in the rest of the UK during the 2016/17 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 of 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 2018
  • 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

Details of how to apply for the Leeds Masters Scholarship will be available in spring 2019. In the meantime, browse our scholarships database to see other scholarships and bursaries that may be available for postgraduate study.

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