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17 January 2024

Are you considering a degree with the UCL School of the Creative and Cultural Industries? We have pulled together some of the funding and scholarships available to support your creative research journeys.

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The School for the Creative and Cultural Industries (SCCI) sits across eight departments in three prestigious UCL faculties – UCL Social & Historical SciencesUCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society – and offers a range of exciting, practice-based undergraduate and graduate study programmes across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

From conservation, public history, and creative enterprise to documentary filmmaking, immersive storytelling, and audio design, our interdisciplinary programmes focus on enabling students from all disciplines, backgrounds, and communities to develop the skills, knowledge, and connections they need to work in, and enrich, the creative and cultural sectors.

If you have applied, are currently applying, or thinking of applying for one of our 2024/25 degree programmes, there is support and funding to help you along the way. We have pulled together some of the current scholarships and bursaries available in the list below.

To be eligible for this funding, you need to have submitted a complete admission application (including submission of references) for a full-time or part-time SCCI undergraduate or Master's degree, beginning in 2024/25. There is still lots of time to apply for our MA programmes!

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and you can explore the full list of support available with the UCL Scholarships finder.

UK applicants

UCL East London Scholarships

This scholarship supports East Londoners by funding the fees and living costs of all UCL East Master's programmes, which includes all SCCI Master’s programmes.

If you have been a permanent resident of, or have completed GCSE or A-levels, in the East London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, or Waltham Forest, please do consider applying. The scholarship covers tuition fees plus a £15,700 maintenance payment.

Deadline: Apply by 5pm on Thursday 20th June 2024.

Find out more about UCL East London scholarships.


The Aziz Foundation Scholarship

UCL have partnered with the Aziz Foundation to provide scholarships for British Muslim students pursuing a Master’s degree at UCL Social & Historical Sciences. Several SCCI Master’s programmes are part of this faculty, please check your course to see if this applies to you.

The Scholarship covers the full Master’s degree tuition fee (equivalent to one year, full-time).

To be eligible, you need to be a UK resident or considered a forced migrant (as defined by UCL), and zakat eligible / in financial need - and therefore unable to self-fund the course. This scholarship is aimed at those who are active within a Muslim community and who can demonstrate intimate knowledge of issues affecting British Muslim communities and a long-term commitment to community development within Britain.

Deadline: Apply by 11am on 28th March (cycle 1) or 14th June (cycle 2) 2024.

Find out more about the Aziz Foundations Scholarship.


UCL Masters Bursary

The UCL Master Bursary aims to enable and encourage those from lower income backgrounds to pursue a full-time or part-time Master's degree studies at UCL.

£10,000 is available (for one year) to cover tuition and maintenance costs. In cases where a programme is part-time or full-time over 2 years, the bursary will be paid 50% in each year of study. To be eligible you should be a UK or Ireland resident, have commenced undergraduate study no earlier than the 2012/13 academic session, and have an annual household income of £42,875 or less.

There is also a UCL Undergraduate Bursary available, but students do not need to apply directly for this. UCL will automatically assess you for a bursary based on your regional funding authority (such as Student Finance England) application. 

Deadline: Apply by 5pm on Thursday 20th June 2024.

Find out more about the UCL Master Bursary.


Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

The Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Undergraduate Scholarship aims to enable UK students who can demonstrate financial need as well as show leadership potential, to pursue their studies at UCL.

£25,000 is available throughout the duration of your study.

Deadline: Apply by Monday 8th July 2024.

Find out more about the Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Undergraduate Scholarship.


The Watkins Bursary

The Watkins Bursary aims to enable UK domiciled students from low-income backgrounds to pursue an undergraduate degree at UCL.

£2,500 per year for three years is available to cover maintenance costs. The bursary is awarded based on financial need and academic merit.


Deadline: Apply by Monday 8th July 2024.

Find out more about the Watkins Bursary.


UCL Access Opportunity Scholarship

The Access Opportunity Scholarship aims to support those who, because of their immigration status, are not able to secure student loans for their higher education.

This Scholarship is for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, or forced migrants based in the UK who are unable to access student finance because of their immigration status.  

The Scholarship covers all UCL undergraduate degree programmes and consists of tuition fees and an allowance of £12,000 for the duration of the programme.

Deadline: Apply by Friday 17th May 2024.  

Find out more about the Access Opportunity Scholarship.
 

International applicants

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.

£15,000 is available (for one year) to cover tuition and maintenance costs. To be considered, students must be eligible to pay the Overseas fee rate and come from a lower income background.

Deadline: Apply by 5pm on Thursday 20th June 2024.

Find out more about the UCL Global Masters Scholarship.


UCL Fee partnerships

UCL has partnerships with a variety of external funding providers, which the university offers a contribution towards tuition fees. These cover a wide range of fields and countries, please check the UCL fee partnerships website for more information.
 

UCL Alumni

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Postgraduate Scholarship

The Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Postgraduate Scholarship aims to enable and encourage UCL alumni who can show leadership potential as well as demonstrate financial need to pursue their Master's studies at UCL. 

£25,000 is available (for one year) to cover tuition and maintenance costs. If you are a UK resident who has successfully completed or currently completing undergraduate studies at UCL, this could be the scholarship for you.

Deadline: Apply by 5pm on Thursday 20th June 2024.

Find out more about the Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Postgraduate Scholarship.
 

Considering a Phd?

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships

If you are currently studying for a SCCI Master’s degree or a similar humanities degree from a recognised university in the UK or overseas, and want to continue in your research career, you may want to consider a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship.

Students will receive £105,000 (£35,000 per annum) to pursue doctoral research in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social and Historical Sciences in either history, literature, or languages. Candidates do not apply directly for the Wolfson Scholarships and should inform their Departmental Graduate Tutor if they would like to be nominated by their department.

Deadline: Submit nominations by Friday 26th January 2024.

Find out more about the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships.


Quirk PhD Scholarships

The Quirk PhD Scholarships support students in financial need to conduct research leading to a PhD in the fields of language and literature within the UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

This scholarship offers full UK home rate tuition fees (£5,860) plus an annual allowance to cover living and study expenses (£20,622) for the normal duration of 3 years for a PhD programme. Your principal supervisor must be based in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Deadline: Submit nominations by Friday 26th January 2024.

Find out more about the Quirk PhD Scholarships.
 

Further support

External Scholarships

There is also lots of external support available.

Online aggregators like Postgraduate StudentshipsScholarship SearchPostgraduate Funding and International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search contain information on a variety of external schemes.

Postgrad.com has a selection of bursaries that are open to postgraduate students from anywhere in the world.


Funding for disabled students

If you're a Home student, you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability. You can get the allowances on top of your other student finance and will not have to repay DSAs.

UCL recognises that disabled students may have to incur additional costs to pursue their studies. More information about support available for students who are not eligible for DSA, such as international students, is available on the 
SSW funding support for disabled students page.


Explore the full list of support available using the UCL Scholarships finder.

If you are unsure of whether your are eligible for a particulalr scholarship or bursary, please contact the funder directly.