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Master's Scholarship Application Guidance

The below is guidance for how to complete the online application for UCL's centrally administered scholarship schemes.

Schemes

These guidance notes relate to the completion of the applications forms for the below-listed schemes. Eligibility criteria for these schemes are listed on the relevant web pages which are accessible by clicking on the links below:

Please note

  • You must hold an offer of admission in order to be able to apply for UCL’s Master’s scholarships. If you have not yet received an offer of a place for 2021/22, then you will not be able to apply for central UCL funding.
  • The Masters Funding Awards (MFA) are an umbrella application process that allows students to apply once and to be considered for all the schemes it encompasses, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria for those schemes.

    This application will collect information on a number of financial factors, including household income information and estimations of other available funds for study. Additional information including personal details and academic references from your UCL admissions application are used and are therefore not requested through the funding application.

    Navigating the form

    • In order to move through the form, you will need to click on the ‘Next’ button at the bottom of each page.
    • You will need to answer all required questions to move forward with the application – if you have not answered anything an error message will appear informing you of this.
    • We have highlighted the mandatory questions in the question guidance below.
    • Once you have clicked 'Next' on the question page, you will be taken to our two declaration pages. You will not be able to return to question page from these declarations, but you will subsequently have the opportunity to return to the original questions should you need to.
    • In order to complete the application, you will need to select 'Yes' and click the ‘Next’ button on the final page.
    • Once you have submitted, you should receive an automated email confirming receipt of your completed application.

    Answering the questions

    Q2. [Mandatory] Have you completed, or are you expected to complete, an undergraduate degree at UCL by the start of next academic year?

    In order to be eligible for the UCL Alumni or Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarships, you need to be a UCL alumnus/a. This means that you must have completed an undergraduate degree at UCL, or be in the final year of one in the 2019/20 academic year.

    Q3. [Mandatory] What is your highest academic qualification to date (UK equivalent)?

    For some schemes based on financial need, students who have not yet had the opportunity to study for a postgraduate degree will be given preference to those that already hold a Master’s or Doctoral degree. Broadly, UK degree levels can be defined as Bachelor's (undergraduate), Master’s (postgraduate taught) and PhD (postgraduate research).

    Q4. [Mandatory] Please give us details of your highest qualification, including: degree title, institution, country, completion year (e.g. BSc Economics, UCL, UK, 2015)

    This question is just requesting a little bit more information than the previous one. Some Master’s degrees are not considered to be equal to others, so giving us information on where you obtained your degree gives us more opportunity to check this.

    Q5. [Mandatory] What grade (UK equivalent) did you achieve in your undergraduate studies?

    Some schemes require that candidates have obtained certain grades in their undergraduate degrees. For this question, we need to know your grade as it would appear in the UK (First, 2:1 etc.). While there is no definitive word on equivalency, the following link includes a governmental guide on what certain grades equate to in the UK.

    Please note that while this guide is not used in the academic assessments at UCL, it does provide indicative equivalencies and will give you an idea of the level of your grade: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-degree-equivalency-table-and-methodology

    If you are currently completing your undergraduate degree and don't yet have your final grade, please use a predicted grade. For schemes with a grade requirement we will request evidence of your final grade which can be sent to us once your official results are known.

    Q6. If you have any further information you would like to provide on your education to date, please do so here.

    This question is not mandatory, and is an opportunity to give any further information about your education, should you feel that the above information does not fully explain your situation. If you have no information to enter here, it can be left blank.

    Q7-19. Please specify in UK £ Sterling the amount of funding you expect to have access to for use during your programme from the following sources.

    In this section of the application, we are looking for an honest appraisal of your financial situation beyond what you may receive through this scholarship application. As these are partial scholarships, it is important that accurate information is provided as to how you will be intending to cover the remainder of costs while at UCL, even if you are awarded one of our scholarships.

    All values should be the overall total for the academic year and will be considered to be in £ Sterling. Please use numerical values only (e.g. 1500, no commas or symbols) - if a particular funding option is not applicable or available to you, please simply enter 0. You can find a useful currency converter at xe.com. For clarification on the types of funding details requested, see below.

    Government Loans (i.e. PGL) – any funding you intend to apply for from a government postgraduate loans scheme (UK or elsewhere).

    Other Loans (family, private, etc.) – any other loans that you may be intending to take for your year of study whether from banks, family or other sources. If you are attempting to secure some other form of loan, please provide details in question 12.

    Part-time employment – any money you hope to earn by working part-time during the duration of your programme. We are aware this is unlikely to be secured funding, but please provide an estimate based on whether you are intending to work alongside your studies, and how much you estimate you will earn from this part-time work.

    Scholarships/Awards/Bursaries – any scholarships, awards, bursaries, or similar that you intend to apply for, have applied for, or have secured for your studies. This should not include funding that you have applied for from one of the funds listed above, but any other scholarships. If you include a number other than 0 in this field, please provide details in question 15 including the provider of the funding, and whether or not it is secured.

    Family/household contribution – this should include any monetary support provided by your family or household for the duration of your studies. Other ‘in kind’ support such as rent-free accommodation should be highlighted in your personal statement as a reason for lower overall costs, rather than estimated here as a monetary contribution.

    Personal savings – any personal savings you have access to for use during your studies.

    State benefits – any state benefits you will be in continued receipt of during your studies.

    Any other funding – this is a place to declare any other funding you may have access to for your studies which you do not feel was appropriate to include in any of the categories listed above. If you include a number other than 0 in this field, please provide details in question 20.

    Q21. Please provide a figure for your household's gross annual income (you must convert this into UK £ sterling - numerical values only).

    Please indicate the gross annual income of your household for the year prior to the beginning of your course. This should include all earning members of the household whose wages go towards supporting your general costs such as rent, bills, food etc. Members of the household who work part-time for spending money that is not contributed to general household support should not be included.

    e.g. If you live with your parent(s) and/or partner and have a job yourself, we would expect you to include all two/three incomes. If you live alone or in a shared house but are financially supported by your parent(s) and/or partner, we would still expect you to include all two/three incomes. If you live in a shared house and are completely financially independent, we would only expect you to include your own income.

    Please be aware that if you are shortlisted for a scholarship, we will require evidence of this amount in the form of bank statements, tax returns and P60s.

    Q22. If you would like to provide any additional information on your household income, please do so here (optional) (500 characters max.)

    Include here any additional details about your household income that you would like to make us aware of, or would like us to take into account when assessing your financial need, that are not immediately obvious from the numerical value above.

    Q23. If you would like to provide any additional information on exceptional household expenditure (e.g. medical bills, significant debts), please do so here (optional) (500 characters max.)

    Include here any significant and exceptional costs that impact on your household situation e.g. large medical bills, repayments on sizeable debts etc.

    Q24. Please select the most appropriate employment category for your household's highest earner.

    Please select the employment category that best fits the main income earner in the household. Some examples are given in the dropdown to provide guidance as to what each category includes. Please try and pick the category you feel most closely resembles the main earner’s occupational level. We will check this with additional information provided.

    Q25. Please give the occupation (or former occupation if retired) of the household's highest earner.

    Please give the occupation (i.e. Secondary School Teacher) of the highest earner indicated in question 23.

    Q26. If you would like to provide any additional information on your household employment situation, please do so here (optional) (500 characters max.)

    If there are any additional details about your household employment situation that you would like us to consider (e.g. impending redundancy, reduced shifts) please include them here.

    Q27. Please specify the number of people in the household who live on the combined income stated above (include earners and/or yourself).

    This should include all members of the household who are dependent on the amount indicated in question 22. This should include the money earners themselves, and anyone else who lives in the house and is dependent on those earnings in some way. This should also include yourself.

    Q28. If you would like to provide any additional information on the number of dependants in your household, please do so here (optional) (500 characters max.)

    If you do not feel that simply noting the number of dependants in the household fairly reflects your situation, please outline additional information here (e.g. a dependent who is unable to work etc)

    Q29. Are you the first member of your family to attend university?

    This should include your immediate family, including parent(s), spouse and sibling(s).

    Q30. If you have any further information that you would like to provide on your household situation, please do so here (optional)

    If you feel some factors about your household income are not captured above, please provide these here. Please note that you will have the opportunity to give further details of your situation in your Personal Statement.

    Q32. Are you registered as living with a disability?

    This should be marked ‘Yes’ if you are recognized as disabled. Please note that we will need to verify this information and would expect you to register with UCL’s Disability Services department.

    Q33-34. Are you a single parent? Are you from a single-parent family?

    Please indicate whether you are yourself a single parent, or were raised in a single-parent family.

    Q35. Have you ever lived in care?

    Please indicate if you have ever lived in care, even if you are no longer living in care.

    Q36. Have you ever been homeless?

    Please indicate if you have ever been homeless, even if you are no longer homeless.

    Q37. Are you currently in receipt of state benefits?

    Please indicate if you are currently in receipt of any state benefits (Housing Benefit, Jobseeker's Allowance, Child Tax Credit etc.) including any that would stop as the result of your studies. Please note that you will be asked to provide evidence of this if your application is successful.

    Leadership Statement (Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarship Only)

    Students wishing to be considered for the Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarship are also required to provide a Leadership Statement.

    In an uploaded statement (Word or PDF only), please highlight any leadership roles or positions of responsibility you have held, or currently hold.

    500 words maximum (please include a word count)

    GREAT Scholarship Statement

    Students wishing to be considered for the GREAT Scholarship or the GREAT Scholarship for a Sustainable Future need to provide a statement addressing the 3 questions below:

    1) Please demonstrate how you are passionate about your field of study (work experience / accomplishments). 200 words maximum

    2) Please give an example of when you have contributed to your community. 200 words maximum

    3) How will you use what you learn at UCL for change in your country. 200 words maximum

    Please include the word count for each question


    Your form is complete

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your application for UCL’s Master’s scholarships for 2021/22.

    If you have any further questions not answered above, please feel free to contact Student Funding.