UCL Scholarships and funding


UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

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

Key information

Value: UK/EU 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
Eligible programmes: Research degrees in relevant faculties (see below)
Additional eligibility criteria: UK-permanent resident from certain BME ethnic group (see below) 
Deadline: 10 January 2020 to make an application to UCL, 31 January for your department to nominate you to faculty

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.


You must meet the two following eligibility criteria:

  • you must be a UK-permanent resident 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)
  • You must have applied to a research degree at UCL in one of the following faculties:
    Arts & Humanities
    Social & Historical Sciences
    - Brain Sciences

You must apply for admission no later than Friday, 10 January 2020. 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/EU rate (approx.. £5210), plus a maintenance stipend (2020/21: up to  £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.

Your award will be for the duration of your 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 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;
  • Dedicated and bespoke careers advice from the UCL’s Careers team;
  • Enhanced networking opportunities and support with joining external academic societies and forums.


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

  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 10th January 2020.
  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 12pm on 31 January 2020 as the departments will nominate to the faculty lead after this date.
  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 2020.
  5. If you are selected the Student Funding Office will contact you mid-March 2020 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 2020. UCL will contact the scholarship awardees in May 2020.