The Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme funding will help ensure that you graduate from Leeds equipped to excel in an economy that is becoming progressively more competitive, and help enable you to take advantage of potential career opportunities. Over 210 awards are available.
The aim is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification. It is part-funded by HEFCE, the Footsteps Fund and the University of Leeds.
Other scholarships and bursaries are available for Masters study. Browse our scholarships database.
If you have any queries not answered by the information below, please contact the Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme administrator
£10,000 paid in instalments over the duration of an eligible qualification.
To be eligible to apply for consideration you must meet all of the following criteria:
- began your undergraduate studies in 2012 and were charged the higher tuition fee applicable since then* (NHS-funded courses are excluded)
- commence a full-time or part-time taught Masters programme of no more than two years duration, at the University of Leeds beginning September 2015. This must lead directly to an MA, MBA, MEd, MMus, MPH, MRes, MSc or LLM qualification
- be domiciled in the UK/EU and paying postgraduate tuition fees at the UK/EU rate
- not already hold a Masters degree
- not have your taught postgraduate tuition fees covered for you for example by an employer or public funding body (eg NHS)
- undertook a means-test for undergraduate study through the Student Loans Company and can provide evidence that you were financially eligible to receive the Student Loans Company UK maintenance/ special support grant and/or means-tested support from your undergraduate institution, for at least one year during your undergraduate studies (please note that the maintenance loan is different to the grant)
While we encourage you to apply to all funding sources available, please note that successful Leeds Masters scholarship scheme applicants will not be able to hold another University of Leeds scholarship or bursary at the same time as this award (with the exception of the Alumni Bursary where applicable).
- English students entering undergraduate study at any UK institution from September 2012 and paying higher fees
- non-UK EU students entering undergraduate study at any English institution from September 2012 and paying higher fees
- Scottish students entering undergraduate study at any English, Welsh or Northern Irish institutions from September 2012 and paying higher fees
- Northern Irish students entering undergraduate study at any English, Welsh or Scottish institution from September 2012 and paying higher fees
This award is not open to applicants who are:
- students from Wales who entered undergraduate study from September 2012, since the Welsh Government through the Student Loans Company provided tuition fee grants to all Welsh students to cover the increase in fees
- students from EU countries outside the UK who entered undergraduate study from September 2012 at an institution in Wales, if they were in receipt of a tuition fee grant from the Student Loans Company that covered the increase in fees
- students from Scotland or other EU countries outside the UK who entered undergraduate study from September 2012 at an institution in Scotland, if their fees were paid for them by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland
- students from Northern Ireland or other EU countries outside the UK who entered undergraduate study from September 2012 at an institution in Northern Ireland
- students who studied for their undergraduate degree outside the UK
- Applying for deferred entry in a year other than 2015
- studying/ intending to study for a PGCE, postgraduate research degree, integrated Masters degree or intercalated degree
- can access funding for their Masters course through the Student Loans Company or NHS Student Bursaries
- Already hold a qualification at Masters level, including an enhanced first degree or integrated bachelors-masters degree
The scholarships are highly competitive and just meeting the criteria will not guarantee you an award. Short-listing takes into account a range of indicators which may show that an applicant is from a less advantaged background.
After you have completed your application you will receive an email about submitting evidence. Please submit the evidence by replying to the email and attaching the documents to it.
Application deadline: 5pm on Friday 12 June 2015
As a competitive award, all applications will be judged against each other once the deadline has passed; we will therefore aim to provide a decision no later than Friday 10 July.
For any queries not answered by the information above or detailed on the application form, please contact the Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme administrator