Master's Funding

Our students fund their studies in a variety of ways including scholarships, bursaries and fellowships, as well as government loans and postgraduate loans. 

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that you don't need to pay back and are awarded based on personal circumstances or academic achievement. Funding at postgraduate level is competitive so it’s a good idea to plan financially before starting your course. 

SAS Masters Studentship

What is available?

The Masters 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 each to cover fees plus maintenance.

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 are: 

  • who do not already have a masters or higher degree 

  • undertaking masters level courses in any subject (excluding Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert); 

  • studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years; 

  • self- funded  

  • from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the School’s taught masters population 

NB: It is for the School to determine which students are from under-represented groups among the School’s taught masters population.  Data and examples will be provided to the panel. 

How to apply

Deadline

TBC

SAS Coffin Studentships (Coffin Fund for Promising Students)

What is available?

The School is able to provide a SAS Studentships via the Coffin Fund for Promising Students. In 2022/23 there is one award of £8,000 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. 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 two years;

  • undertaking masters courses in any subject (excluding Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert)

How to apply

Deadline

TBC

Yusuf Ali Scholarship offered by Institute of Commonwealth Studies

What is available?

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(Opens in new window) and its pathway in the Human Rights of Latin America(Opens in new window), and research degrees.

Awards will range in value between £3,000 and £7795, depending on the financial need of applicants. The decision to make an award will be dependent on the excellence of the applicant’s academic and professional experience. The total amount awarded to any applicants is at the discretion of the selection panel.

How to apply

Applications should be sent to Kay Musonda, Institute Administrator, including:

Deadline

The deadline for applications are 23:59 (BST), 1 July 2023. Any applications received after this time may not be considered.

The American Friends of the Warburg Institute offered by the Warburg Institute

What is available?

The American Friends of the Warburg Institute will fund two scholarships which will cover the fees for two students from North America to study on one of the Warburg MA programmes in 2023-24.

How to apply?

Further information on how to apply can be on the Warburg Institute website. 

Deadline

28th April 2023 at 5pm

The Peltz-Roden Scholarships offered by Warburg Institute

What is available?

The Peltz-Roden Scholarships cover the fees up to the maximum rate of the home fee for home/EU students who have a place on either the one-year full-time MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture or the MA in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History. There will be eight scholarships available to students for the academic year 2023-24. 

How to apply?

Further information on how to apply can be on the Warburg Institute website. 

Deadline

28th April 2023 at 5pm

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

What is available?

Our MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights programme has been allocated two scholarships from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Details of the awards can be found under the 'Financial assistance' tab on the scholarship website.

The two scholarships are for candidates from eligible low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study.

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023
  • By September 2023, hold a first degree of at least upper second-class (2:1) honours standard, or a lower second-class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high-income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK university without this Scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make an impact. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its Scholarships and Fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the guidance on reporting fraud.

The CSC is committed to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of our beneficiaries, and to protect its staff, Commissioners, beneficiaries and all those with whom the CSC comes into contact. The CSC requires staff, members of the Commission, applicants for and recipients of CSC awards and suppliers to act consistently with its requirements for safeguarding. Applicants should note the CSC’s Safeguarding Policy which sets out the obligation for staff, members of the Commission, applicants for and recipients of CSC awards and suppliers to act consistently with its requirements for safeguarding. Any safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Commission at: csc.safeguarding@cscuk.org.uk

How to apply

Applications for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships must be made using the CSC’s online application system.

Deadline

The closing date for applications is 13 December 2022 at 16:00 GMT.

Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust Scholarships

What is available?

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust will be supporting two students per year to undertake the School of Advanced Study’s MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights.

Two scholarships will be offered per year and the first recipients will take up their studies in September 2023. Each scholar will be funded for tuition fees and maintenance costs, at a rate of £28,000 per year.

Eligibility

The criteria is as follows:

  • Scholars will be enrolled on the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights.
  • Scholars will originate from low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank.
  • Scholars will be resident in the UK for the duration of their studies.
  • The scholarship scheme will begin in September 2023 and run for a period of three years.

How to apply

To apply, please download the application form. Once completed, please send the form and your CV to ics@sas.ac.uk.

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2023 (16:00 GMT).

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.