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School of Advanced Study Scholarships/Bursaries 

For the School of Advanced Study Scholarships and Bursaries for 2021/22 see below.

 

SAS Masters Studentship

Deadline: 13 May 2021

The SAS Master's Studentship aims to support students from under-represented groups among the School’s taught masters population, who wish to undertake a postgraduate taught programme.

There are two awards to a value of £18,000 to cover fees plus maintenance, judged on academic merit.

Eligibility

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. In addition, awards will be restricted to masters students who:

  • do not already have a masters or higher degree
  • are undertaking masters level courses in any subject (excluding Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert);
  • are studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years;
  • are self- funded 
  • are from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the School’s taught masters population

How to Apply

To apply for a SAS Masters Studentship, you must first have applied to study at SAS. See a list of all our courses here, and find out more about how to apply here

Read the guidance notes for the SAS Master's studentship here [PDF].

After you have applied to study at SAS, you can complete the SAS Studentship Application Form online and email any supporting documentation to studentships@sas.ac.uk quoting your student ID number and the name of the studentship for which you wish to provide evidence.

SAS Coffin Studentships (Coffin Fund for Promising Students)

Deadline: 13 May 2021

The School is able to provide a SAS Studentships via the Coffin Fund for Promising Students. In 2021/22, there is one award of £12,500 to cover tuition fees and contribute towards maintenance costs (where applicable) and will be awarded to a student who has excelled in their undergraduate degree.  

Eligibility

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. Awards are open to students who are:

  • Self-funded and domiciled in the UK, European Union (EU), or overseas
  • Studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years
  • Undertaking a master’s course in any subject (excluding Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert) 

How to Apply

To apply for the SAS Coffin Fund, you must first have applied to study at SAS. See a list of all our courses here, and find out more about how to apply here

Read the guidance notes for the SAS Coffin Fund here [PDF].

After you have applied to study at SAS, you can complete the SAS Coffin Studentship Application Form online and email any supporting documentation to studentships@sas.ac.uk quoting your student ID number and the name of the studentship for which you wish to provide evidence.

SAS Cassal Bursary (French and Francophone Studies)

Deadline: 13 May 2021

This bursary, made available by the Cassal Endowment Fund, is available to master's and doctoral students intending to write their dissertation on a topic related to French or Francophone studies. A bursary of £7,500 will be available, for study commencing in 2021/22. All MA, MRes, LLM and doctoral degrees offered by the School are eligible to apply for the bursary.

Eligibility

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. Awards are open to students who are:

  • Self-funded and domiciled in the UK, the EU or overseas.
  • Studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years
  • Intending to write their dissertation on a topic related to French or Francophone studies.

How to Apply

To apply for the SAS Cassal Bursary, you must first have applied to study at SAS. See a list of all our courses here, and find out more about how to apply here

After you have applied to study at SAS, you can complete the SAS Cassal Bursary Application Form online and email any supporting documentation to studentships@sas.ac.uk quoting your student ID number and the name of the studentship for which you wish to provide evidence.

 

Convocation Trust Bursary

Deadline: 13 May 2021

The Bursary is made available to cover tuition fees up to a maximum of £8000 and will be awarded to students who have demonstrably excelled in their undergraduate degree.

Eligibilty

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. In addition, awards are open to students who are:

  • self-funded and domiciled in the UK, European Union (EU) or overseas;
  • studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of one year;
  • undertaking a SAS Masters programme in any subject (excluding Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert)

How to Apply

To apply for the SAS Cassal Bursary, you must first have applied to study at SAS. See a list of all our courses here, and find out more about how to apply here

Read the guidance notes for the Convocation Trust Bursary here [PDF].

After you have applied to study at SAS, you can complete the Convocation Trust Bursary Form and email any supporting documentation to studentships@sas.ac.uk quoting your student ID number and the name of the studentship for which you wish to provide evidence.

 

 

Institute and Course Specific Scholarships/Bursaries

For Institute and Course Specific Scholarships Scholarships and Bursaries for 2021/22 see below.

 

Yusuf Ali Scholarship: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Deadline: 26 May 2021

The Yusuf Ali Fund was established in 1956, following the death of Mr Yusuf Ali. Its purpose then was to assist University of London students from India and Pakistan and was used in a discretionary manner for many years.

Today, we are honoured to offer the Yusuf Ali Scholarship for students of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent to enable them to study on one of the campus-based postgraduate programmes offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Currently, these are the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights and the MPhil/PhD in Human Rights.

To find out more and apply please visit the institue site.

Sambrook Fund Studentship: Institute of English Studies

Deadline: 30 June 2021

The Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) is delighted to announce a funded studentship for one place on its MA/MRes History of the Book programme 2021/22. The award covers fees in full at the Home/EU rate. The studentship will be funded through the Institute’s Sambrook Fund, established when Keith Sambrook, a Fellow at the IES, generously donated his teaching fees from the Institute’s MA course. Over the years, other teachers from the MA and summer school programmes have also donated their fees towards supporting future students. One studentship will be offered every year over the next three academic years.

The Sambrook Fund Studentship seeks especially to support an excellent student who wishes to study on the MA/MRes in the History of the Book, but whose circumstances might make it difficult to access the programme.

To find out more and apply please visit the institue site.

Daniel Albright Scholarship: Institute of English Studies

Deadline: 30 June 2021

The Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) is delighted to announce a funded studentship for one place on its MA/MRes History of the Book programme 2021/22. The award is of £10,000, which covers fees in full at the UK rate, and the remaining amount is intended for research related expenses.

The Daniel Albright Scholarship is funded through the generous support of Dr Marta Rivera Monclova, in memory of Prof Daniel Albright, who served on the faculty of the T.S. Eliot Summer School hosted by the IES.

To find out more and apply please visit the institue site.

The American Friends of the Warburg Institute: Warburg Institute

Deadline: 1 May 2021

The American Friends of the Warburg Institute are funding two scholarships which will cover the fees for a student from North America to study on one of the Warburg Institute MA/MRes programmes in 2021-22.

To apply you need to be a citizen of a country within North America and have submitted a complete application by the deadline.

To find out more and to apply please visit the institue site.

The Peltz Scholarships: Warburg Institute

Deadline: 1 May 2021

The Peltz Scholarships will cover the fees up to a maximum of £7830 for a one-year full-time Warburg Institute MA/MRes programme (or £8,220 for the Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture MA) for four students for the academic year 2021-22 

The scholarships are open to students who have applied to study on either of the Warburg Institute’s MA/MRes programmes and who are self-funded and domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU). 

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation and have a demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the Warburg Institute.

To find out more and to apply please visit the institue site.

Society for Renaissance Studies - Scholars of Colour MA Bursary

Deadline: 1 May 2021

As part of a positive and practical effort to attract more early career scholars of colour to the Renaissance, the Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS) is launching a fund to support MA Bursary Awards for Scholars of Colour. Initially, the SRS plans to offer three MA Bursaries of £2500 each to applicants planning to study at any UK or Irish institution, to contribute to the costs of postgraduate study.

These bursaries are open to those who identify as scholars of colour. The topic on which you choose to work, and the discipline in which you are centred, is entirely open, so long as it fits within a broad definition of Renaissance studies (c. 1400-1700).

The scheme this year will have a deadline of 1 May 2021, for postgraduate taught courses running in 2021-22.

To find out more and to apply please visit the institue site.

Thriplow Charitable Trust Bursary

Deadline: 1 August 2021

The Thriplow Charitable Trust has established a bursary for the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance-learning.

The Thriplow Charitable Trust bursary will be awarded in October 2021. This £5,000 bursary seeks to support an outstanding student based in the UK, who might not otherwise be able to gain access to the MA in Refugee Protection. Applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in academia are particularly welcomed.

Award criteria

Applicants for the Thriplow Charitable Trust bursary must:

  • Have the offer of a place on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance-learning; and
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic merit or potential in the field of study, evidenced particularly by past achievements; and
  • Hold an undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) that is comparable to a UK upper second class honours degree, in political science or other relevant subject; and
  • Be unable to take up the offer of a place on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies due to financial circumstances; and
  • Be resident in the UK.

Applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in academia are particularly welcomed.

Students currently studying for a University of London award are ineligible for this bursary.

Application procedure

All applicants who receive a letter offering them a place on the MA in Refugee Protection will be invited to apply for the Thriplow Charitable Trust bursary, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

The bursary application is submitted via an online form that is separate to that for admission to the MA programme. It requires applicants to detail their past achievements as relevant to this field of study, professional positions held, personal information and financial situation. Applicants also provide a short statement of their motivation in applying to the programme and for the bursary.

All applications will be reviewed against the award criteria using the University’s procedures and will be informed of the outcome of their applications in a timely manner. Regrettably, it will not be possible to provide further individual feedback on applications.

Key dates

The Thriplow Charitable Trust bursary will be awarded to a student intending to commence studies in the October 2021 intake of the MA programme. Relevant dates for the coming academic year are as follows:

17 August 2021               Deadline for bursary applications
31 August 2021               Notification of outcome to all applicants
1 October 2021               Deadline for registration on MA programme
12 October 2021            MA programme commences

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications for admission to the MA programme are submitted sufficiently early such that an offer can be extended and their subsequent bursary application entered prior to the 17 August 2021 deadline.  Please note that, as a rule of thumb, it is unlikely that any admission application completed after 1 August 2021 will be processed in time.

Scope of the award

The Thriplow Charitable Trust bursary awards £5,000 to the successful applicant to cover part of the costs of their studies on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.

The bursary does not cover costs payable to the University outside the £5,000 limit of the bursary, nor does it cover costs not directly payable to the University (such as the purchase of additional materials or electronic equipment). Applicants must ensure they can cover such costs from other financial sources.

Duties of successful bursary recipient

The bursary recipient is required to write a short report at the end of each year of study outlining the impact of their study and research.

The bursary recipient is required to act at all times in conformity with the standards expected of students of the University of London.

The Thriplow Charitable Trust Bursary: Application Form

 

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme

The UK Government has introduced a Postgraduate Master’s Loan. These non-means-tested loans are available to both taught and research master’s students. Find out more information about the loan scheme.

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) 

The SAAS are an agency of the Scottish Government giving financial support to eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK. Find out more information about their loan scheme. If you are applying for funding from the SAAS you will need to contact us beforehand so that we can get this set up for you.   

Federal Direct Loans for US Students 

The School of Advanced Study participates in the Federal Direct Loan programme. Unsubsidized Loans and Plus Loans are available through the Direct Loan programme operated by the US Education Department. Direct Loans are educational loans to assist US citizens with the costs of studying. 

Funding for Spanish Master's Students 

The Spanish government offers interest-free loans to Spanish students studying Master's degrees in Spain, the European Higher Education Area, the US or Canada. The maximum study period is 21 months. Find out more about funding for Spanish Master’s Students.