The Statistical Science E. J. Gumbel Scholarship

The department offers an undergraduate scholarship named after Emil Julius Gumbel who made seminal contributions to extreme value theory that underlies many modern designs from flood defences designed to withstand the "100-year flood" to reliability of airplane parts. Following his emigration from national socialist Germany, Gumbel ended up in troublesome financial circumstances and much of his groundbreaking statistical work was only made possible by generous donations.

The department has made available funds to provide up to seven individual E. J. Gumbel scholarships per year of study in the academic year 2017/18. The award is £3,000 in three equal termly installments per year of study and is tenable for the normal duration of the degree programme studied as long as the student continues to be registered as a full time student of the department. To be eligible for this scholarship, new undergraduate entrants to the department need to

  1. Take up an undergraduate degree programme based in the Department of Statistical Science at UCL, i.e. be registered as a full time student on one of the degree programmes with UCAS codes G300, GN32, GLN0, GLR0, LG13, G305 at UCL,
  2. Hold UK/EU fee status  (overseas fee paying students are not eligible),
  3. Achieve grade A* in Further Mathematics at A-level by the end of August in the year of admission and/or achieve grade 1 or better on any Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) test by the same deadline.

There is no separate application process for the scholarship. All eligible UCAS applicants will automatically be considered but need to provide the department with their STEP and/or Further Mathematics A-level result by the end of August in the year of admission. Successful candidates will then be notified by the end of September in the year of admission.

Since the department's UK/EU undergraduate intake each year is around 30-40 students, it is expected that most students satisfying the above criteria will receive the scholarship. In case more than seven students satisfy the criteria, the most competitive and deserving seven applications will be successful - applicants will be ranked at the department's discretion with due regard to the three criteria above and in the spirit of Gumbel's life and work.

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.