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Birkbeck Access to Postgraduate Study Scholarship

Thank you for your interest in the Birkbeck Access to Postgraduate Study Scholarships 2020/21.

The Access to Postgraduate Study Scholarship is intended to provide support for students whose circumstances may mean they face greater challenges to study. This includes students who, due to circumstance or background, are less likely to be able to access study or may face greater challenges whilst undertaking their degree.

This funding is made possible thanks to the generosity of alumni and supporters of Birkbeck who believe in Birkbeck’s mission to ensure access to education is possible for anyone with the ability and drive to study.

The Scholarship is a non-repayable grant of £5,000 towards tuition fees. For part-time courses, this will be paid in two instalments of £2,500, one in each year of study (for two years). Scholarship payments will not be made for any years in which study is being repeated, including examinations, coursework and complete modules.

We have a limited number of bursaries to offer each year. Applying for a bursary is not a guarantee that you will be awarded it, even if you meet all the eligibility criteria. All eligible applications are presented to a Selection Committee and bursaries will be awarded to those students who have made the strongest applications.

View the Birkbeck Access to Postgraduate Study Scholarships 2020/21 application form

Please note, Birkbeck alumni who have gained an award at any level will receive a 20% tuition fee discount when enrolling onto a Master's degree (MA, MSc, LLM and MRes). Read more about alumni discounts

Please raise any questions via ASK under the category ‘Financial Support’ then ‘Alumni Postgraduate Bursary’.

Advice for applicants

Eligibility

  • To be eligible for this bursary, you must meet both of the conditions for application set out below and at least one of the additional criteria. Identifying in more than one category may be used as a factor to prioritise applicants to receive this award:
  • Conditions for application
    • You have been accepted onto a Master's course at Birkbeck.
    • You have made provision to fund the remainder of your studies should you be successful in your application for this bursary.
  • Additional criteria
    • Students who have a declared disability.
    • Students who identify as a care leaver (a care leaver is a young person, under the age of 25 who is currently or has been in public care for a minimum of three months. This would include foster care, semi-independent living, residential care homes).
    • Black, Asian and minority ethnic students.
    • Students who are single parents.
    • Students who are carers (a carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability).
    • Students who hold refugee status.
  • We strongly encourage applications from students who meet one or more of the above criteria and who have been out of formal education for three years or longer (preference will be given to applicants who are returning to formal study).

Terms of award

  • The scholarship is a non-repayable grant of £5,000 towards tuition fees. For part-time courses, this will be paid in two instalments of £2,500 one for each of the two years of study. Scholarship payments will not be made for any years in which study is being repeated, including examinations, coursework and complete modules.
  • To be eligible for the award, students must have been accepted onto a Masters course at Birkbeck and made provision to fund the remainder of their studies.
  • Applicants will be assessed for eligibility by Student Services against the criteria outlined, and applications will be shortlisted by an Associate Dean (AD) from the relevant School.
  • The final awards will be made by a panel made up of an AD from each School, the Strategic Lead for Access to Masters, the Director of Access and Engagement and a member of the student funding team. The decision of this panel will be final.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome on Friday 9 October 2020.
  • Recipients of the award must acknowledge that they accept the award and agree to the terms and conditions by midnight Sunday 18 October 2020.
  • Funding is subject to the recipient being fully enrolled onto their course.
  • Recipients will be asked to share their Birkbeck experience and story to be utilised in publications and reports that are shared with donors and, where appropriate, attend donor events if possible. 

Closing date for applications

  • Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 27 September 2020. Please read all of the information thoroughly before applying.

Further information

  • If you wish to include any documents to support your application please submit photocopies and not original documents via ASK under the category ‘Financial Support’ then ‘Alumni Postgraduate Bursary’.

  • If you are in receipt of any state benefits and you intend to fund your postgraduate course entirely or partially with the Government Postgraduate Loan, we recommend that you speak to Citizen’s Advice for guidance on how this will impact your benefit entitlement. Appointments can be arranged at your local branch, or via the Birkbeck Student Advice Team.