Applications for Leeds Masters Scholarships are now closed

Register your interest for Leeds Masters Scholarships 2021 entry and we will send you a reminder email when applications have opened.

We will publish information here about 2021 entry scholarships in spring 2021.

Leeds Masters Scholarships aim to encourage students from under-represented groups to study a postgraduate qualification. They are funded by the generous donations of our alumni through the University of Leeds Footsteps Fund.

How much is it worth?

£5,000 paid in eight cash instalments of £625 when you have been verified as registered on your course. The money is paid directly to you – from the end of October to the end of May. 

Leeds Masters Scholarship recipients also have access to the University's Plus Programme throughout their studies, providing dozens of free and bespoke activities during the year, pastoral support, extra funding opportunities and more.

You can use the Leeds Masters Scholarship payments to pay for your fees or maintenance costs, or anything else you need. Remember though, as a Masters student you are responsible for making the arrangements to pay your fees yourself.

Can I apply?

To be eligible to apply for a Leeds Masters Scholarship you must meet all of the main criteria and one of the financial criteria. This does not mean you will automatically get a scholarship, but we will consider your application carefully.

You can still apply for Leeds Masters Scholarship if you are getting a Postgraduate Loan from the government. 

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 2020. 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 paid for you (partly or fully) for example by an employer or public funding body (eg NHS/NHS Business Services Authority).

Financial criteria

You must meet the financial criteria for one of the following:


If you graduated from a full-time undergraduate degree in 2019 or are due to in 2020 you must provide evidence that you received a Maintenance Loan greater or equal to the value indicated in the following table for at least one year of study.

Academic year If you were studying while living in the parental home If you were studying in London If you were studying outside London and not living in the parental home
 2017/18  £4,959 £8,801 £6,266
 2018/19 £5,118 £9,083 £6,469
 2019/20 £5,261 £9,339 £6,650


If you graduated from a full-time undergraduate degree in 2017 or 2018 you must be able to provide evidence that you received one of the following for at least one year of study:

  • Maintenance Grant
  • Special Support Grant
  • Assembly Learning Grant
  • Welsh Government Learning Grant
  • SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) Bursary


All other applicants: you must be able to provide evidence of individual, gross taxable income during the 2018/19 tax year of no more than: 

  • £36,488 if you lived in the Greater London region during the 2018/19 tax year
  • £25,028 if you lived anywhere else in the rest of the UK during the 2018/19 tax year

How to apply

Applications for Leeds Masters Scholarship 2020 entry are now closed. We will publish information here about 2021 entry scholarships in spring 2021.

Scholarships are not awarded on a first-come first-serve basis – all applications will be assessed after the closing date. 

Give as much detail as you can in your answers to make sure we can assess your application as fairly as possible.  

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

Applicants with a disability

If you have a disability you can ask for this to be taken into consideration in your application. So it is fair for everyone, trained advisors in the University's Disability Services decide if your disability can be considered as part of your application. To allow them to do this you need to first register with Disability Services. We advise you to do this immediately after you have completed your Leeds Masters Scholarship application to avoid any delay to your application.

When will I find out if I've got a scholarship?

You probably won't hear until the week beginning 17 August 2020 whether your application has been successful (subject to you providing the necessary evidence). After the closing date we assess all the applications as quickly as possible. However, this takes some time because we have to assess against a large number of criteria.


First check our Leeds Masters Scholarship FAQs. If your question is not answered there, please send an email to A member of the team will get back to you as soon as they can.