Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships (UK/EU)

2018 Entry

The awards for 2019 entry have yet to be finalised. When they are this webpage will be updated, but in the meantime, please refer to 2018 entry information below to see what is typical.

Could any of the following descriptions apply to you?

  • a Keele Alumnus
  • a First Class graduate from any university
  • from an area of the country under-represented in Higher Education
  • estranged from your parents or a care leaver

If so, then you are probably eligible for one or more of the three awards listed below.

You do not need to do anything, we will automatically check whether you may be eligible for these awards. Please be aware that in the processing of these awards we will use data that contains information regarding your qualifications and previous education provider, your postcode prior to commencing your studies, and your disability (as declared to the University upon enrollment). For more information on how Keele University handles your data please check our Privacy Notice.

For 2018 entry there is a 20% discount of the tuition fee charged for Keele Alumni (UK/EU students). Students must be taking a taught postgraduate course at Keele University to at least 120 credits. The award will be offered on a pro-rata basis for some lower credit courses providing total credit study within the academic year exceeds 40 credits, full details below.

This a £500 tuition fee waiver for UK/EU students taking a taught postgraduate course at Keele University who attained first class honours in their first degree.

This is a £850 tuition fee waiver for UK/EU students for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who are taking a taught postgraduate course at Keele University. This award is aimed at supporting traditionally under-represented groups to progress on to graduate study at Keele.

You may be eligible for a scholarship if you live in an area of the UK from which very few students progress to higher education (officially defined as a Low Participation Neighbourhood). For 2018 entry, check your postcode eligibility here.

You may also be eligible to receive a Keele Access Scholarship if you have declared that you have a disability on your application for postgraduate study at Keele.

This award offers a non-repayable bursary of £1000 per year to undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who have left the care of their local authority or are irreconcilably estranged from their families and meet the relevant eligibility criteria. Upon completing their degrees, recipients are awarded another £500.

Find out more about this award here.

The Full Eligibility Criteria

Full Eligibility Criteria 2018 PDF (236 KB)

Terms & Conditions and the Full Eligibility Criteria

* There are specific eligibility criteria/T&Cs related to each award. Please download the PDF below to check your eligibility.

Please be aware that in order to be eligible for these awards you must be studying at Keele University (i.e. not on a distance learning programme) and all awards are also subject to our general Terms and Conditions.

Other funding opportunities

There are many sources of postgraduate funding, and students exploring their options should not confine themselves to these pages alone. There are charities that every year fund postgraduate study and these can be searched for using The Grants Register. This book is published every year by Palgrave Macmillan and can be consulted at many public and university libraries.

The charities and external organisations that fund PG study are many and varied and a sample of them are listed below.

Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust (trade-specific background)

James Pantyfedwen Foundation (Wales-domiciled)

Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust (mature students aged 24+)

The Wellcome Trust (Health related fields)

Spotcap Scholarship Programme (Fintech related subjects, deadline 1 August 2018)