Leeds Masters Scholarships

Leeds Masters Scholarships aim to encourage UK fee-paying 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.

Applications for Leeds Masters Scholarships 2022 entry will open in spring 2022. Register your interest using the following form and we’ll email you when applications open.

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. If you are studying over multiple years, the £5,000 is split evenly amongst all your years of study.

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. This must lead directly to an MA, MBA, MEd, MMus, MPH, MRes, MSc, LLM or Masters by Research qualification. Please note, students undertaking an integrated Undergraduate and Masters degree are not eligible to apply for the Leeds Masters Scholarship.
  • Be paying postgraduate tuition fees at the UK rate.
  • Not already hold a Masters degree.
  • Not have more than 50% of your postgraduate tuition fees covered for you, 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:


You graduated from full-time undergraduate education in 2019, 2020 or 2021, and are able to evidence that:

i) For Student Finance England funded students, you were in receipt of a Maintenance Loan greater or equal to the value(s) indicated below for at least one year of study.

ii) For students funded by either Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, you were in receipt of a Special Support Grant/Welsh Assembly Learning Grant/SAAS Bursary, or in receipt of a Welsh Government Learning Grant of £4,000 or more, 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
 2020/21 £5,414 £9,614 £6,845


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 (of any value) 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 2019/20 tax year of no more than: 

  • £37,158.30 if you lived in the Greater London region during the 2019/20 tax year
  • £25,618.17 if you lived anywhere else in the rest of the UK during the 2019/20 tax year

How to apply

Applications for Leeds Masters Scholarship for 2021 are now closed.

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

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.


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