UCL Scholarships and funding


UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

UCL's Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS) is intended to support BAME postgraduate research degree students.

Key information

Value: UK/home rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package
Available to: Prospective and current students
Selection criteria: Academic merit and financial need
Eligible fee status: UK/ home
Eligible programmes: Research degrees in relevant faculties (see below)
Additional eligibility criteria: UK-permanent resident from certain BAME ethnic group (see below) 
Deadline: 13 January 2021

UCL is running this scholarship 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. There are 7 scholarships in total, 1 per faculty and 2 for Social & Historical Sciences.


You must meet the two following eligibility criteria:

You must apply for admission no later than 13 January 2021 and also inform your department that you wish to be considered for this scholarship.  Please be aware that some academic departments set their own deadlines which may be earlier than this date, so make sure you check with them directly. 

Value, benefits, and duration

The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK / home 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 MPhil/PhD/EngD degree programme (or years 1-5 of a part-time programme), subject to annual review and renewal.

Where students are undertaking integrated four-year doctoral programmes the award will be extended to the final year of study.

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

The UCL-ROS scholarships also offer a comprehensive personal and professional development support package.

  • Coaching, mentoring support and advocacy;
  • Training and skills development through UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme (including the “Brilliant Club” scholars programme) and the Windsor Fellowship;


A panel from UCL and the Windsor Fellow will select the awardees 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.

How to apply

Prospective students please do Step 1-3

Current students please go directly to Step 3

  1. You should first make an informal research enquiry before submitting your application for admission to UCL. You must submit a complete application for admission onto a research degree programme by the specified deadline. You do not need to have secured an offer of a place at UCL in order to apply for the scholarship, but you must have submitted your admission application by 13th January 2021.
  2. When completing the research degree application for admission you should indicate in the ‘Funding’ section that you are also applying to the UCL-ROS programme.
  3. You must contact your academic department/institute/division/unit to notify them that you would like to be considered for a UCL-ROS.  You must have done this by 12pm on 13th January 2021.
  4. All the applicants in your faculty will then be considered and shortlisted by a faculty panel based on academic merit. This will happen by the end of February 2021.
  5. If you are selected the Student Funding Office will contact you early March 2021 with to request additional information about your financial need and to complete a personal statement.
  6. UCL and the Windsor Fellowship will then consider your academic merit, financial need and personal statement.


UCL and the Windsor Fellowship will make the final decision in May 2021. UCL will contact the scholarship awardees in May 2021.