UCL Scholarships and funding


The Watkins Bursary

The Watkins Bursary aims to enable UK domiciled students from low-income backgrounds to pursue an undergraduate degree at UCL.

Key information

Value: £2,500 (per year)
Available to: Prospective students
Selection criteria: Financial need
Eligible students: UK domiciled with Home fee status
Eligible programmes: All Undergraduate programmes 
Deadline: Monday 3 July 2023


Eligible candidates must:

  • be domiciled in the UK with Home fee status;
  • be from a disadvantaged background;
  • hold an offer of admission to UCL to study for a full-time undergraduate programme.

Value, benefits, and duration

The award provides £2,500 per year for three years and is subject to satisfactory academic progress. The award is to cover maintenance costs. 

One award is available.


The criterion for awarding the bursary is financial need and you will need to demonstrate this in the application.

How to apply

The Watkins Bursary is one of the schemes that make up the Undergraduate Funding and Access Awards (UGFA).

To be considered for the Watkins Bursary, please follow the procedure on the UGFA webpage.


The UGFAs will be awarded by recommendation by a panel composed of UCL staff. The successful candidates will be notified as soon as decisions are made by mid-September.