Office for Students Funded Scholarship for the MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

In 2020, Keele University was one of 18 Universities awarded a share of £13 million to boost the number and diversity of graduates in AI and data science technologies over the next three years. This followed a competitive bidding process run by the Office for Students (OfS) on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI).

The Award

Our programme offers Scholarships of £10,000 that are available for underrepresented students listed in the following eligibility criteria:

Further details as to why these underrepresented groups have been selected can be found on the OfS website. 

For 2020 entry, there are 4 Scholarships available.

Prioritising criteria in case of oversubscription

Students with 2 or more underrepresented group criteria will be prioritised initially. Applicants will then be considered by the selection panel where the primary consideration is the candidate’s personal statement (submitted via the form linked below).

Panel membership comprises of the Head of School, Director of Education, School Athena Swan Lead and University Athena SWAN Support Officer.

Eligible countries

Students from all countries, who meet the criteria, are eligible.

Payment amount & frequency

Successful applicants will receive £10,000 over the course of the academic year. Payment dates to be confirmed.

How to apply

In order to apply for the Scholarship, you must have already applied for a place on the University's MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science course (specific entry requirements can be found on the course page). You can then apply for the Scholarship via the form below:

Application form:

Closing date: 31st July 2020.

Please note that this is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful. The Scholarship is available only to students who register for and attend the degree programme. There is no appeals process if you are not successful as the panel’s decision is final; also, please note that we will not be able to offer feedback. You are welcome to reapply for the next intake if you are unsuccessful. 

For September 2020 intake, notifications will be sent at the latest by 14th August 2020.  

For further information on any aspect of completing your application, please email:

Please note that this award is subject to our general Terms and Conditions.


This award will also be available for 2021 entry.