Information for Prospective Students

UCL Graduate Support Bursary (GSB)

The UCL Graduate Support Bursary scheme forms part of UCL’s wider initiative to support graduate Master’s students. The scheme is aimed at supporting traditionally under-represented groups to progress on to graduate study at UCL.

This initiative is funded through the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme.

Eligibility Requirements

This scheme is open to prospective UK/EU students domiciled in the UK (that is, UK is your country of "ordinary residence”) who have "Home" tuition fee status.  

By the closing date, applicants must have submitted an application for admission to study full-time at UCL, in the 2014/15 academic session, on one of the participating programmes of study. The list of participating programmes also highlights the number of awards on offer for each programme. Overall, UCL is making 93 individual bursary awards available.

All applicants will be required to demonstrate that their annual household income is currently under £42,611. For the majority of applicants this will require confirmation that you were in receipt of an income-assessed grant during your undergraduate studies (e.g. Student Finance England/Wales/NI Maintenance Grant, SAAS Bursary). If you are returning to study after a gap of more than three years since your undergraduate programme, we will require proof of your income (please refer to the application form for further guidance).

Applications are particularly encouraged from groups of students currently under-represented at the graduate study level e.g. care-leavers, those who studied previously at a state school, single parents.

Value, Benefits and Duration

Each bursary will cover the full tuition fee cost for the programme and provide £10,000 in maintenance funding per year. Bursary holders may also be eligible for an additional £200 award per year for course costs.

The bursaries are tenable for the duration of the programme of study.

In addition to the bursary, you may also be eligible to receive a separate Childcare Support Grant. Please visit this page for further details.

The UCL Graduate Support Bursary may not be held alongside other scholarships, studentships, awards, or bursaries. Recipients are obliged to inform the UCL Student Funding Office immediately of any other funding they are awarded towards their UCL programme of study.


Selection will be based on candidates meeting the eligibility criteria. However, because the number of awards is limited, meeting the criteria does not automatically guarantee an award.

Application deadline and procedure

You must have applied separately for admission to one of the eligible programmes at UCL, through the standard admissions procedure by Monday, 30 June 2014.

To apply for the UCL GSB, candidates must read the Guidance Notes, and then download and complete the Application Form. Please submit completed application forms to

The closing date for application forms and any supporting documentation to reach UCL is Monday, 30 June 2014.

Incomplete or late application forms will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be notified – decisions will be made by the end of August. If you have not heard from us by then, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Programme costs

Additional support will also be available to UCL Graduate Support Bursary (GSB) holders to help with programme costs (equipment, subscriptions, conferences, etc.). Some programmes will be offering an equipment loan scheme, rather than individual awards. Bursary holders should confirm with their academic department the available options. You should request confirmation in writing from your programme administrator that your expenditure will be covered, before making your purchase and submitting your receipt/s for reimbursement.

Page last modified on 13 may 14 14:31 by Daniel Newcombe

*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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