UCL's Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS) supports BAME postgraduate research degree students.
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/department
Additional eligibility criteria: UK-permanent resident from certain BAME ethnic group (see below)
Deadline: 13 January 2023
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. Please see our ROS scholars testimonials to see how this scholarship has helped our community of ROS scholars.
You must meet the two following eligibility criteria:
- you must be a UK-permanent resident from one of the following BAME ethnic groups:
- Black or Black British - Caribbean
- Black or Black British - African
- Other Black background
- Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi
- Asian or Asian British - Pakistani
- There are 8 scholarships available in total. We focus the awards in the faculties/department where there is a current under-representation of BAME students. You can also 'register your interest' here to be notified about the scholarship
- The faculties/departments for 2023 entrants are:
- The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment - 1 scholarship
- Faculty of Laws - 1 scholarship
- Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences - 3 scholarships
- School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies - 1 scholarship
- Department of Chemical Engineering - 1 scholarship (H.Walter Stern Scholarship)
- Note there is one additional scholarship which will be allocated by the final panel.
You must apply for admission no later than 13 January 2023, 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 (2022/23: £5,690 - 2023/24: to be confirmed) plus a maintenance stipend (2022/23: £19,688 - 2023/24: to be confirmed) 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 plus a one off conference cost of £1000.
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 Fellowship 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 1-4
Current students please go directly to Step 3
- 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 13 January 2023
- 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.
- You must contact your academic department/institute/division/unit to notify them that you would like to be considered for a UCL-ROS by submitting a list of administrative contacts page.
- You must ALSO complete a UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (ROS) application by 13 January 2023
- All the applicants in your faculty will then be considered and shortlisted by a faculty panel based on academic merit. This will happen by February 2023.
- UCL and the Windsor Fellowship will then consider your academic merit, financial need and personal statement.
PLEASE NOTE: If you must complete all three elements of the application process a) apply for admission to UCL b) notify your department that you would like to be considered and c) submit a UCL ROS application. If any of these three steps is not completed then we will not be able to consider your application.
UCL and the Windsor Fellowship will make the final decision in March 2023. UCL will contact the scholarship awardees in April 2023.