Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

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You could get one of 220 scholarships worth £10,000 towards your postgraduate course starting in 2015.

We're offering 220 scholarships for UK/EU students as part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups.

These groups include people who wouldn't ordinarily consider going on to postgraduate study. This could be due to access to funding, because they have caring responsibilities or because they come from areas where it is not usual to go to university at all.

All masters-level courses are eligible except for postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificates and integrated masters, courses funded by other public bodies (such as PGDE) and fully funded NHS courses.

Are you eligible for the scholarships?

The scholarships are available if you are a student who is:

  • progressing from an undergraduate course in the UK for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13;
  • not in receipt of undergraduate fee subsidies from Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) or Student Finance Northern Ireland;
  • an EU student who studied your undergraduate course at an institution in England for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13
  • starting a masters level full-time or part-time course for a maximum of two years;
  • domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) and not charged international rate fees;
  • not already qualified at masters level;
  • from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the institution's taught masters population - see the widening participation criteria below

Widening participation criteria

In order to apply, you must meet one or more of the following widening participation criteria:

  • You've been in care as a looked-after child prior to university.
  • You're disabled and have previously received, or would be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances.
  • You're a carer for an ill or disabled family member.
  • You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criteria.  You can check your postcode using the IMD search tool. Please note this map only covers England and the postcode we will use is that of your home address in your last year of school or college.
  • You come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. This is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3, to meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2. Check your address area using the Participation of Local Areas (POLAR) search tool. We'll use your home address in your last year of school or college. Please note this information only covers the UK.
  • You were in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate.

Additional considerations

The Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Economics aim to increase the number of women studying at taught postgraduate level.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Department of Human Communication Sciences, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociological Studies aim to increase the number of men studying at taught postgraduate level.

All Faculties aim to increase the number of black and minority ethnic students studying at taught postgraduate level.

How to apply

The application deadline is Friday 22 May 2015.

Apply here

Evidence required

You'll need a letter to show that you are being charged the higher undergraduate tuition fee which came into effect in 2012 e.g. Student Finance Entitlement letter or Certificate of Fee Status from your university. Current University of Sheffield students don't need to supply this.

Depending on the eligibility criteria selected, you are required to supply evidence of this with your application form, with the exception of the postcode indicators (IMD, Polar 3). The application form includes guidance on how to do this and the documentation required.

Selection process

Applications will be considered by a panel of senior University staff and their decision will be final, students will be notified by 30 June 2015.

The eligibility criteria you meet will be taken into account and your personal statement will be considered, in particular if you have:

  • provided a clear rationale for applying for a postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield;
  • outlined your personal circumstances that have presented a challenge to academic progress and has detailed how any barriers have been overcome successfully;
  • identified clearly how the scholarship will be beneficial to your student experience;
  • clearly articulated future ambitions; these goals relate to the postgraduate degree you have applied for, and they involve appropriate and credible contribution from which others will benefit.

If you have any questions regarding the scheme or your eligibility please contact the Financial Support Team at sheffieldscholars@sheffield.ac.uk.

Course fees

You can look up fees for full time postgraduate taught courses by department name, or by partial programme name/programme code.