International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2021

We are delighted to offer 50 International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships in 2021.


The deadline to apply has now passed. 

The scholarships are competitive awards worth 50% of the tuition fee for an undergraduate degree programme starting in autumn 2021. The scholarship is available for new international students who meet the eligibility criteria. 

You must hold an offer to study at the University of Sheffield before you apply for this scholarship.

Key dates

  • The deadline for scholarship applications was 13:00 (UK time) on Monday 17 May 2021.
  • Scholarship results will be announced by 16:00 (UK time) on Friday 4 June 2021.

    Eligibility criteria

    • Your programme must be scheduled to commence at the University of Sheffield in autumn 2021.
    • You must receive an offer for a course studied in full at the University of Sheffield. All undergraduate degree courses are eligible with the exceptions of Medicine (A100/A101) and Dentistry (A200).
    • 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.

    Selection criteria

    This is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful. A panel of senior members of staff will select the strongest applications and will be looking for the following:

    • Applicant has provided a clear rationale for applying for a course at the University of Sheffield.
    • Applicant has clearly articulated future ambitions, these goals relate to the degree they have applied for. 
    • Applicant has a strong academic profile.

    Award criteria

    • You must commence your studies at the University of Sheffield in autumn 2021.
    • The International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2021 is limited to one award per person.
    • The International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2021 cannot be awarded in conjunction with any of the following scholarships:
      • International Baccalaureate Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2021
      • NCUK Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2021
      • GEMS Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2021
      • International School of Choueifat Scholarship 2021
      • DPS Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2021
    • 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, there is no cash alternative.
    • 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 your predicted grades but you are permitted to join the University, 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 offered 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.

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