Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme

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We have launched a final round of applications for the Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme.

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.

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.

If you have any queries not answered by the information below, please contact the Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme administrator on pg-fsp@leeds.ac.uk (preferred) or 0113 343 2525 (please note email is the best method of contact). If you do not meet all of the criteria below, you are not eligible to apply. Please note that the Postgraduate Scholarships Office does not administer these awards and all enquiries should be addressed as detailed above.

Value

£10,000 paid in instalments over the duration of an eligible qualification.

Apply now for the final round of applications. To be eligible to apply for consideration, you must meet all of the criteria listed below.

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 7 August 2015

Information for applicants who applied by 24 July

If you have already submitted an application for the Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme, please do not re-apply. Re-opening the scheme has no impact on your chances of receiving an award, and you will receive a final decision on your application no later than Friday 7 August.

Criteria

To be eligible to apply for consideration, you must meet all of the following criteria:

Main criteria

  • began your undergraduate studies in the UK 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 a UK/EU student 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)

Plus one of the following secondary criteria which demonstrate being part of an under-represented group

UK Students:

  • can evidence that you were in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowances during undergraduate studies

English students:

  • can evidence that you come from a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’ as defined using the tool at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/postcode. This is targeted at students who come from an area where it is less common to progress to university. The postcode entered and verified must be the same postcode as the one listed on your 2012/13 Student Finance documentation.
  • can evidence that you come from a postcode which is in deciles 1 or 2 based on the Index of Multiple Deprivation datasets, which means you come from an area which scores highly over a range of deprivation topics. You can check your postcode using the tool at http://www.opendatacommunities.org/showcase/deprivation. The postcode entered and verified must be the same postcode as the one listed on your 2012/13 Student Finance documentation.

EU Students

  • can evidence a family household income of no more than the equivalent of £42,620 for the most recent tax year.

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).

*This includes:

  • 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 do not meet the full eligibility criteria, including those 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.

Apply now

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 7 August 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 21 August.

For any queries not answered by the information above or detailed on the application form, please contact the Leeds Masters Scholarships Scheme administrator