NCUK Merit Scholarship 2020

We are delighted to offer 6 NCUK Merit Scholarships in 2020.

The scholarships are competitive awards worth 50% of the original tuition fee of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme starting in September 2020. The scholarships are available to new international (non-EU) students joining the University of Sheffield from an NCUK Study Centre. 

Key dates

  • You will be able to apply for a scholarship via MUSE for applicants - the form will be going live shortly.
  • You must have received an offer to study at the University of Sheffield
  • The deadline for scholarship applications is 13:00 (UK time) on Monday 4 May 2020.
  • Scholarship results will be announced by 16:00 (UK time) on Friday 22 May 2020.

Eligibility and award criteria

Eligibility criteria - Undergraduate students

You must be currently studying at an NCUK Study Centre. You must receive an offer to study a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree or foundation degree programme at the University of Sheffield. All undergraduate degree courses are eligible with the exceptions of Medicine (A100/A101) and Dentistry (A200). Your degree/foundation programme must be scheduled to commence at the University of Sheffield in September 2020. You must receive an offer for a course studied in full at the University of Sheffield. Degree programmes split between the University of Sheffield and a partner institution are not eligible to apply for a scholarship. For tuition fee purposes you must be self-funded and eligible to pay the overseas tuition fee.

  • You must not be a sponsored student*.
  • You must enter a degree programme at the University of Sheffield in programme year 1 or year 2.
  • For scholarship purposes all MArch programmes are considered as postgraduate taught programmes and are not eligible for this or any other undergraduate scholarship.
  • The University of Sheffield reserves the right to review and change scholarship provision.

Award criteria

You must commence your studies at the University of Sheffield in September 2020. The NCUK Merit Scholarship 2020 is limited to one award per person. The NCUK Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2020 cannot be awarded in conjunction with any of the following scholarships:
  • NCUK Undergraduate Scholarship 2020
  • International Undergraduate Scholarship 2020
  • International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2020
  • International Baccalaureate Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2020
  • GEMS International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2020
The scholarship can be awarded in conjunction with any available scholarships from the Department or Faculty you will be studying in, subject to not becoming a sponsored student*. Please use the funding calculator to find out if any scholarships are available from your Department/Faculty. The scholarship cannot be awarded in conjunction with any funding from an external sponsor**, excluding a loan, which has to be paid back in full. If you are selected for a merit scholarship, subject to the eligibility and award criteria you will be guaranteed the award in your first year of study. The scholarship is available in each of the following academic years of your course subject to scoring 60%, or above, and achieving a minimum of 120 credits in the previous academic year. We are unable to accept applications for this scholarship from applicants for the following courses: Medicine (A100/A101) and Dentistry (A200). The merit scholarship is not applicable during any years in industry or any compulsory or non-compulsory years abroad as part of your degree. If you are selected for a merit scholarship and you fail to meet the conditions of your course offer you will no longer be eligible to receive the award. If you are selected for a merit scholarship and you change degree programme to begin your studies again at level 1 of a new degree programme you may forfeit your scholarship. If you change your degree programme during your studies and transfer to the concurrent academic year e.g year 1 BA English to year 2 BA English literature and Language, subject to the eligibility and award criteria you may continue to receive a merit scholarship. The merit scholarship can be provided for a maximum number of 4 academic years. This does not include years in industry or years abroad. The scholarship will be applied as a tuition fee discount only. The decision of the scholarship panel is final. No scholarship applications or decision appeals will be considered. All decisions made by the University are made in good faith. If a scholarship is awarded on the basis of predicted grades and you do not achieve the predicted grades or if the information provided is false, the University reserves the right to remove the scholarship. If you are selected for a merit scholarship and you subsequently join the University via clearing you will no longer be eligible to receive the award. This scholarship cannot be deferred to a future year of entry. If you decide to defer entry to another year you forfeit this award. The scholarship cannot be provided during any intercalating years of study. Part-time students will receive the equivalent value of the scholarship split pro-rata over the duration of a single full-time academic year. If you are selected for the scholarship, we’ll ask that you confirm acceptance of your scholarship and firm your offer by a fixed date.

* Sponsored student is defined as being in receipt of a total sum of funds that matches or exceeds the original tuition fee required by the University, before any scholarships, discounts or rewards are applied.

** Government or governmental organisation – international, national or regional; research council; charity; private enterprise; or any similar organisation.

Eligibility criteria - Postgraduate students

You must hold an offer to study a full-time or part-time postgraduate taught course. You must accept an offer to study a full-time or part-time postgraduate taught programme at the University of Sheffield before 16:00 (UK time) on 26 April 2020. Your programme must commence at the University of Sheffield in September 2020. Distance learning courses are ineligible for a merit scholarship. Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) courses are ineligible for this scholarship. You must receive an offer for a course studied in full at the University of Sheffield. Masters programmes split between the University of Sheffield and a partner institution are not eligible to apply for a scholarship. All Crossways courses and Erasmus Mundus courses are ineligible for this scholarship.

  • For tuition fee purposes you must be self-funded and required to pay the overseas tuition fee rate.
  • You must not be a sponsored student*.
  • For scholarship purposes all MArch programmes are considered as postgraduate taught programmes and are not eligible for undergraduate scholarships.
  • Anyone studying a Masters/integrated PhD programme is eligible for a merit scholarship in the Masters element of the programme only.
  • You must be studying a pre-masters qualification at an NCUK Centre, in any country.
  • These scholarships are not applicable to any postgraduate courses where the higher clinical fee is applicable, this includes, but is not exclusive to the following courses:
    • DClinDent Orthodontics
    • MClinDent in Orthodontics
    • DClinDent Endodontics
    • MClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry
    • DClinDent Periodontics
    • MMedSci in Diagnostic Oral Pathology
    • DClinDent Prosthodontics
The University of Sheffield reserves the right to review and change scholarship provision.

Award criteria

You must commence your programme at the University of Sheffield in September 2020. The NCUK Merit Scholarship 2020 cannot be awarded in conjunction with any of the following scholarships:
  • International Postgraduate Taught Scholarship 2020
  • International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarship 2020
  • NCUK Postgraduate Taught Scholarship 2020
  • The University of Sheffield Southern Africa Student Scholarship Fund 2020
  • Santander International Merit Scholarship 2020
  • Sir SY Chung Scholarship 2020
In the event that you are selected for any of the above scholarships the most valuable award will take precedence. The scholarship can be awarded in conjunction with any available scholarships from the Department or Faculty you will be studying in, subject to not becoming a sponsored student*. Please use the funding calculator to find out if any scholarships are available from your Department/Faculty. The scholarship cannot be awarded in conjunction with any funding from an external sponsor**, excluding a loan, which has to be paid back in full. If you are studying a 2-year Masters programme the scholarship will be available in the second year of your studies subject to successful completion of year 1, and all remaining eligibility and award criteria. The scholarship is not applicable to any years in industry or study abroad years that are compulsory or optional elements of your course. If you are selected for a merit scholarship and you fail to meet the conditions of your offer you will no longer be eligible to receive the award. If you change your Masters programme during your studies your merit scholarship may be forfeited. The merit scholarship can be provided for a maximum of 2 full-time academic years. This does not include years in industry or year(s) abroad. For part-time students on programmes that last longer than one year the scholarship the scholarship will be split pro-rata for a maximum of 4 years. Part-time students will receive the full value of the scholarship split pro-rata over the duration of the course. The scholarship will be applied as a tuition fee discount only. The decision of the scholarship panel is final. No scholarship applications or decision appeals will be considered. All decisions made by the University are made in good faith. If a scholarship is awarded on the basis of predicted grades and you do not achieve the predicted grades or if the information provided is false, the University reserves the right to remove the scholarship. If you are selected for the scholarship, you will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit by a fixed date.

* Sponsored student is defined as an individual who in receipt of a total sum of funds that matches or exceeds the original tuition fee required by the University.

** Government or governmental organisation – international, national or regional; research council; charity; private enterprise; or any similar organisation.

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