Postgraduate financial support package

Please note: applications have now closed. Browse our scholarships database for alternative funding options.

The 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.

The ‘Widening access to postgraduate study and the professions’ project is funded by a grant award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) after a successful consortium bid from the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Warwick and York.

The aim of the award is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification. It is part-funded by HEFCE and the Footsteps Fund.

This is a one-off opportunity for those applying to study a taught postgraduate course in 2014 only.


£10,000 cash paid in instalments over the duration of a one-year full-time or two-year part-time eligible qualification.


To be eligible to apply for consideration for a scholarship you must:

a) meet one of the financial criteria (see below for details):
b) intend to study at the University of Leeds on a one-year full-time or two-year part-time taught postgraduate programme beginning September 2014 leading to an MA, MBA, MEd, MMus, MPH, MRes, MSc or LLM qualification (you must subsequently take up a place and remain on one of these eligible programmes)
c) be a UK student paying academic fees at the UK/ EU rate only
d) be self-financing for the full cost of your tuition fees

This award is not open to applicants who are:

  • applying for deferred entry
  • studying/ intending to study for a PGCE, postgraduate research degree or an integrated Masters degree
  • being funded by an employer
  • applying to study a course funded by another public body

Financial criteria

i) you must have commenced full-time undergraduate study at any UK Higher Education institution in September 1998 or later, and must be able to evidence that you were in receipt of either a full or partial tuition fee waiver (1998 – 2005 entrants), or a maintenance grant for at least one year of study (2006 entrants onwards)


ii) you must have commenced full–time undergraduate study prior to September 1998, or studied part-time at undergraduate level, or you did not undertake studies at undergraduate level and your assessed gross taxable income during tax year 2012/13 was not greater than 90% of the mean average earnings for the region in which you lived during that tax year. The regions used are ‘Greater London’ and ‘rest of the UK’.

Greater London 90% of average earnings 2012 -13 = £37,029
Rest of the UK 90% of average earnings 2012 -13 = £22,103

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.

Deadline: Friday 13 June 2014, 5pm

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 4 July.

For any queries not answered by the information above or detailed on the application form, please contact