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Aspire Award Undergraduate Scholarship

The Computer Science Aspire Award reduces financial barriers and create opportunities for students from Black or mixed Black ethnic backgrounds who are currently underrepresented in our department. We are making a commitment to three fully funded scholarships.

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Key information

Value
Full tuition fees plus an annual allowance to cover living and study expenses (£18,062), for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. All Aspire scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study.

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

Available to
Prospective students

Level
Undergraduate

Courses
Computer Science BSc, Computer Science MEng or Robotics and Artificial Intelligence MEng programmes

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 
1 September 2023

Eligibility criteria for 2023

Eligible candidates must meet all the mandatory criteria:

  • Based in the UK with home fee status or be a forced migrant (as defined by UCL)
  • be from a Black or mixed Black Ethnic background
  • have not completed undergraduate study either at UCL or elsewhere previously
  • have accepted an offer of admission to study Computer Science BSc undergraduate, Computer Science MEng or Robotics and Artificial Intelligence MEng programmes for the 2023 intake.

Additional eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates must also meet at least one of the additional criteria detailed below. 

  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL (household income of less than £42,875) 
  • receive (or were eligible for) free school meals
  • have a disability (underrepresented group in Higher Education)
  • be a care leaver (underrepresented group in Higher Education)
  • attend (or have attended) a low-performing school for either GCSE or A-level
  • live in a disadvantaged neighbourhood (we use POLAR classification and/or Index of Multiple of Deprivation (IMD) data to identify levels of financial, social, economic or educational deprivation, as defined by home postcode)

How to apply 

On accepting an offer of a place on the Computer Science BSc undergraduate programme or Computer Science MEng programme or Robotics and Artificial Intelligence MEng programme for the 2023 intake (this should be no later than 9 June), you will be able to apply for The Computer Science Aspire Award scheme.

Please complete this application by 1 September 2023.

As part of the application process selected candidates who have met their ‘A’ level grade requirement will be asked to engage in a one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship to discuss anything else which you feel might support your application.

Dialogues will be conducted electronically via an appropriate method agreed between the Windsor Fellowship and applicant e.g. telephone, Zoom etc.

They will be scheduled by the Windsor Fellowship after the A Level results are released by UCAS.

The Windsor Fellowship is supporting UCL Computer Science in conducting the one-to-one dialogues that form part of the application process.

UCL Computer Science will share the data of applicants with the Windsor Fellowship for the purposes of conducting these dialogues. By submitting your application you agree to UCL Computer Science sharing your information with the Windsor Fellowship.

Selection

The selection panel will assess your application based on the information provided on your online scholarship application form and the information you provide in your one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship. Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our frequently asked questions about the scholarship, including how your application is assessed, the application process, post-acceptance information and scholarship value.