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Funding your study at the Institute for Global Prosperity

There are a range of different funding and scholarship options available to students who have an offer to study from the IGP

Postgraduate Taught 

IGP Equity Fund

At the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), we educate the problem solvers of the future. Our degrees, MSc Global Prosperity and MSc Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, equip ambitious, entrepreneurial students with new approaches to prosperity, helping them to become future transition leaders.

The IGP is now offering 2 partial scholarships to enable UK students from under-represented backgrounds to pursue their Masters studies at the Institute.

Key information

Value: £5000 towards tuition fees
Available to: Prospective students
Selection criteria: Educational, personal and financial circumstances
Eligible students: UK domiciled with home fee status
Eligible programmes: Specified postgraduate taught programmes (see below)
Applications are open
Deadline: 11.59pm (BST), 31st May 2023

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must:
1) Be domiciled in the UK with home fee status;
2) Hold an offer of admission to study on one of the below IGP postgraduate programmes*:
· Global Prosperity MSc, Prosperity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship MSc, Prosperity, People and Planet MSc
3) And meet the additional criteria below:
· be from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background;**

* IGP Scholarship cannot be deferred, those awarded will need to take up their offer of study in the stated academic year in order to receive the scholarship.
** We define Minority Ethnic background as those of a non-white heritage and individuals of mixed-heritage who self-identify as also coming from a Minority Ethnic background.

Value, benefits, and duration
The award provides £5000 towards tuition fees for the duration of the programme. 2 awards are available for the academic year 2023/24.

How to apply
Fill out the online application form 

Further information
If you have any queries about the Equity Fund, please get in touch with us: igp@ucl.ac.uk

The Bartlett Promise Master's Scholarship

This scholarship aims to enable students from backgrounds underrepresented in The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment to pursue master's studies at The Bartlett.

Value
Full tuition fees plus an allowance to cover living and study expenses (£15,364), for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study.

Number of awards
Ten scholarships are available to students starting September 2023. 

Available to
Prospective students

Selection criteria
The Bartlett will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances. You will need to demonstrate these in your application. Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria. 

Deadline
Applications open: 1 March 2023
Applications close: 31 May at 23.45 BST

Please visit The Bartlett website for full details of this scholarship 

The Bartlett Promise Sub-Saharan Africa Master’s Scholarship

This scholarship is open to applicants who are nationals of a Bartlett approved list of Sub-Saharan African countries pursuing a Bartlett master’s programme.

Value
Full overseas tuition fees, an annual allowance of £16,008 to cover living and study expenses for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. In addition: a flight to/from the UK, UK Study Visa costs, English language assessment costs, health test costs and the NHS Immigration Health Supplement charge. 100 Bartlett master’s application fee waivers worth £90 each are available on a first come, first served basis. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study.

Number of awards
Four scholarships are available to students starting Bartlett Master’s programmes in September 2023.  

Available to
Prospective students who are nationals of Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Level
Postgraduate taught master’s programmes

Selection criteria
The Bartlett will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances. You will need to demonstrate these in your application. Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria.

Application deadlines 
Applications open: 15 February 2023 
Applications close: 31 March 2023

Please note: you must have an offer of a place to study on a Bartlett master’s programme before you can apply so please make your programme application now.

Please visit The Bartlett website for full details of this scholarship 

UCL Masters Bursary

UCL's Masters Bursary aims to enable and encourage those from low-income backgrounds, who have gained a UCL undergraduate degree, to pursue full-time Master's degree studies at UCL.

Key information

Value: TBC
Available to: Prospective students
Selection criteria: Financial need
Eligible fee status: Home (UK domicile only)
Eligible programmes: All postgraduate taught
Additional eligibility criteria: UCL alumni, bursary holders while undergraduates
Deadline: TBC

Eligibility

Candidates must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • be ordinarily resident in the UK and eligible to pay Home fee rate;
  • have commenced undergraduate study at UCL no earlier than 2012/13 academic session;
  • have successfully graduated from their UCL undergraduate degree between 2015-2020;
  • OR be currently in the final year of undergraduate studies at UCL;
  • be, or have been, in receipt of a UCL Undergraduate Bursary during the final year of undergraduate studies at UCL;
  • hold an offer to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2023/24.

Please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding webpages for full details

UCL Global Masters Scholarship

The UCL Global Masters Scholarship aims to enable and encourage international students from lower income backgrounds to pursue full-time Master's degree studies at UCL.

Key information

Value: TBC
Available to: Prospective students
Selection criteria: Financial need
Eligible fee status: Overseas
Eligible programmes: All postgraduate taught
Deadline: TBC

Eligibility

Candidates can be from any country outside the UK but must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • be eligible to pay the Overseas fee rate;
  • come from a lower income background*;
  • AND have submitted an admission application for a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2023/24.

More details here

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The aim of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.

Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country.

Applicants must:

  • be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British Protected Person;
  • be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country;
  • be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2023;
  • by September 2023, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study;
  • 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 without this scholarship;
  • apply for admission to IGP for the eligible programme below:
    • Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship MSc

Deadline: 13 December 2022

More information on applications can be found on the UCL Scholarships and Funding webpage

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree.

Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields; including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia. Applicants should be high-calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. 

Deadline for 2023/24 applications: 1 November 2022

For further information on eligibility and the application process, please refer to the Chevening Scholarships website.

Postgraduate Research 

Prosperity, Innovation, Technology and Policy Doctoral Training Pathway

The Prosperity, Innovation, Technology and Policy Doctoral Training Pathway seeks to provide financial support and training for students conducting doctoral research that solves complex global challenges that cut across conventional academic disciplines, in order to create more sustainable, inclusive forms of prosperity.

Funding is available for the following programmes of study at IGP, commencing in October 2021:

A 1+3 structure that includes a MSc in Global Prosperity degree with appropriate methods training to support doctoral studies, plus a dissertation designed to consolidate students’ learning and provide the opportunity to pilot a PhD project. 

A +3 structure available, which will be offered on a case-by-case basis where applicants are able to provide evidence of previous qualifications demonstrating the skills covered in the core modules of the MSc programme.

Following recent changes to UKRI policy meaning that international students will be eligible for UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year, the UBEL DTP Board has agreed the policy for international students applying for a studentship for 2021/22 entry. Applications from candidates who are classified as International students for tuition fee purposes will be considered in the following DTP priority areas:

  • Research that uses Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM)
  • Economics
  • Research that uses ESRC datasets

Details about the pathway are available here https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/prosperity-innovation-technology-and-policy/

Please contact Pathway lead and IGP PhD Director Christopher Harker for further information.

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL. Up to 25 UCL Graduate Research Scholarships are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students from any country. Details of the scheme and how to apply are available on the UCL scholarships and funding webpage. 

Eligibility requirements
Applicants must be:

  • In receipt of an offer of admission to (please see IMPORTANT NOTE below) or currently registered at UCL on a full- or part-time research degree programme, and holding or expecting to achieve at least an upper second-class Honours UK undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.
  • While current students may apply, those entering their third year of research will normally only be considered for funding in exceptional circumstances.

Please note that Online, Non-resident PhDs and Professional Doctorate students are not currently eligible for this scholarship programme.

Selection criteria
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.

Value: benefits and duration
The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK rate 2021/22: £5,526 - tbc) plus a maintenance stipend (2021/22: £17,631- tbc) for full-time study (benefits are calculated 'pro rata' for part-time students). The scholarship also includes additional research costs of up to £1,200 per year for the stated duration of the programme.

Awards are normally tenable for years 1, 2, and 3 of a full-time research degree programme (or years 1-5 of a part-time programme), subject to annual review and renewal.

If granted, funding begins at the start of the next academic session.

The Bartlett Promise PhD Scholarship

The Bartlett Promise aims to enable students from backgrounds underrepresented in The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment to pursue a PhD at The Bartlett.

Value
Full tuition fees plus an annual allowance to cover living and study expenses (£19,668), for the normal duration of the MPhil/PhD programme at The Bartlett. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study.

Number of awards
Four scholarships are available to students starting in September 2023.

Available to
Prospective students

Level
MPhil/PhD.

Selection criteria
We will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances. You will need to demonstrate these in your application. Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria.

Deadline 
Applications for The Bartlett Promise PhD Scholarship 2023 will open on 1 February 2023 and close on 12 May 2023 at 23:45 BST.

Please visit The Bartlett website for full details of this scholarship