Information for Prospective Students

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

UCL is launching a new scholarships programme to support BME postgraduate research degree students – The UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS). The programme is being offered in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship. The scheme offers full financial support and a skills development programme, both designed to promote academia as a more attractive career option.

What’s on Offer

The UCL-ROS programme also offers a comprehensive personal and professional development support package. This includes:

  • Standard postgraduate UK/EU fees;
  • A maintenance stipend;
  • Coaching, mentoring support and advocacy;
  • Enhanced training and skills development from UCL’s Organisation Development Team, through UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme (including the “Brilliant Club” scholars programme) and the Windsor Fellowship;
  • Dedicated and bespoke careers advice from the UCL’s Careers team;
  • Enhanced networking opportunities and support with joining external academic societies and forums.

Eligibility requirements

The scholarships are open to individuals who meet both of the following criteria:

  • Applying to a research degree at UCL in one of the following faculties:
  • UK-permanent residents from one of the following BME ethnic groups:
    • Black (Black or Black British African, Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British)
    • Pakistani (Pakistani or Pakistani British, or Pakistani Mixed or Pakistani Mixed British)
    • Bangladeshi (Bangladeshi or Bangladeshi British, or Bangladeshi Mixed or Bangladeshi Mixed British)

Award Value: benefits and duration

The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/EU rate, plus a maintenance stipend (2019/20: £17,280 - tbc) for full-time study (benefits are calculated 'pro rata' for part-time students). The scholarships also include additional support with research costs (e.g. conferences, field-work) of up to £1,200 per year.

Awards are offered for the duration of the candidate’s research degree programme, i.e. 3 years for the standard MPhil/PhD programme, or 4 years for an integrated MRes + MPhil/PhD programme. Awards do not cover the final completing research stage (where UCL does not charge tuition fees).

The UCL-ROS programme also offers a comprehensive personal and professional development support package.

Selection criteria

Awardees will be selected by a panel from UCL and the Windsor Fellow on the basis of:

  • Holding an ‘offer’ of a place/admission on an eligible UCL research degree programme;
  • Academic attainment – as demonstrated by prior results, references, publications and research proposal;
  • Financial need – based on socio-economic background.

Application process

  1. Candidates should first make an informal research enquiry before submitting their application for admission to UCL – further details are available here
  2. When completing the research degree application for admission candidates should indicate in the ‘Funding’ section that they are also applying to the UCL-ROS programme.
  3. To apply to the UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS) scheme candidates should then complete the online application form

The closing date for a completed UCL-ROS application is midnight on 31st January 2019

If you require assistance with completing your UCL-ROS application form and/or you would like more information on the scheme, you can contact or the Student Funding Office.

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