Picture of a group of studentsPostgraduate Scholarships Worth £10,000 Available at the University of Sheffield

If you are considering postgraduate study this year then you could be eligible for a scholarship worth £10,000 towards postgraduate courses starting in 2015.

The University of Sheffield is 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;
  • 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've been in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance or are registered disabled;
  • 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.

The application deadline is Friday 22 May 2015. For more information on the scheme and how to apply, visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/finance/pss