Postgraduate funding archive

Terms and Conditions apply to all awards

For 2019 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.

 

The Keele Graduate Scholarship*

 

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.

 

The Keele Access Scholarship*

 

The Keele Access Scholarship is a £850 tuition fee waiver for UK/EU students taking a taught postgraduate course at Keele University who are from low participation neighbourhoods.  This award is aimed at supporting traditionally under-represented groups to progress on to graduate study at Keele. To check if your home postcode is eligible please click here.

 

Care Leavers' and Estranged Students' Bursary*

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.

 

 

Full Eligibility Criteria 2019

KEELE ALUMNI DISCOUNT

A discount of 20% of the taught postgraduate course fee is offered

ELIGIBILITY

Students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.

Please note that this award can be combined with other Keele scholarships (if eligible) however the 20% discount will be applied after all other award discounts have been applied.

HOW TO APPLY

There is no application form for this award, it is automatically applied. 

 

KEELE INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP (PGT)

THE AWARD

One-off tuition fee discounts of up to £5,000 are available to international postgraduate taught students across a wide range of subject areas (excluding Medicine and Physiotherapy programmes).

This award can be combined with the Keele Developing Countries Scholarship and the Keele Alumni Discount if you are eligible. Please visit the Keele Postgraduate Scholarship webpages for further information.

ELIGIBILITY

Enrolled international students who have achieved the following undergraduate awards in their undergraduate study will automatically be awarded the scholarship as a tuition fee discount:

1st - £5,000

2:1 - £2,500

2:2 - £1,000

Please note that this will be assessed as per the University's defined equivalence.

Please note that students progressing from the Keele International Study Centre Pre-Masters Programme (PMP) will also be eligible for this award based on their undergraduate qualification.

EXCEPTIONS

Qualifying recipients of the scholarship will receive the award in the form of a tuition fee discount. No cash alternative is available and the award cannot be used in place of any required deposit.

The Scholarship is for students who will be based at Keele University and start their studies in September 2019 or September 2020. The award cannot be used for any other year of entry.

Only self-funding international students are eligible and you must be confirmed as an overseas student for fee paying purposes. The scholarship is not open to students who are in receipt of funding from external bodies such as local Government, charities or private organisations.

The award is not available for students studying Medicine and Physiotherapy programmes.

You must be registered on, and attending, a taught postgraduate course that equates to at least one year’s full-time study at postgraduate level and leads to a named award of at least Postgraduate Diploma level at Keele University from September 2019 onwards. This means, for example, that students who attain, or are registered on, a Postgraduate Certificate course, will not receive an award. Students registered for a PhD or an MPhil are not eligible to receive an award.

Students taking a PGCE course or the MA in Social Work are not eligible to receive the Keele International Excellence Scholarship.

If you are studying on a modular basis, the scholarship will be deducted from your modules pro rata only after you have successfully completed four modules. The discount will then only be applied to subsequent modules.

Further terms and conditions apply, please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

HOW TO APPLY

International applicants holding offers for selected postgraduate programmes will automatically be considered for the Keele International Excellence Scholarship when we assess your application. You do not need to submit a separate application for an award.

 

 

THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES SCHOLARSHIP (PGT)

 

 

THE AWARD

One off tuition fee discounts of £1,000 are available to international students who are nationals of the least developed, low and lower middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank as at December 2018).

This award can be combined with the Keele International Excellence Scholarship and the Keele Alumni Discount if you are eligible. Please visit the Keele Postgraduate Scholarship webpages for further information.

ELIGIBILITY

These awards are available to international applicants who are accepted onto any postgraduate programme and are a national of one of the following countries. Please note that this list is defined by the World Bank and we compile this list annually.

EXCEPTIONS

Qualifying recipients of the scholarship will receive the award in the form of a tuition fee discount. No cash alternative is available and the award cannot be used in place of any required deposit.

The Scholarship is for students who will be based at Keele University and start their studies in September 2019 or September 2020. The award cannot be used for any other year of entry.

Only self-funding international students are eligible and you must be confirmed as an overseas student for fee paying purposes. The scholarship is not open to students who are in receipt of funding from external bodies such as local Government, charities or private organisations.

You must be registered on, and attending, a taught postgraduate course that equates to at least one year’s full-time study at postgraduate level and leads to a named award of at least Postgraduate Diploma level at Keele University from September 2019 onwards. This means, for example, that students who attain, or are registered on, a Postgraduate Certificate course, will not receive an award. Students registered for a PhD or an MPhil are not eligible to receive an award.

Students taking a PGCE course or the MA in Social Work are not eligible to receive the Developing Scholarship.

If you are studying on a modular basis, the scholarship will be deducted from your modules pro rata only after you have successfully completed four modules. The discount will then only be applied to subsequent modules.

Further terms and conditions apply, please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

HOW TO APPLY

International applicants holding offers for selected undergraduate programmes will automatically be considered for the Keele Developing Countries Scholarship. You do not need to submit a separate application for an award.

 

 

COMMONWEALTH SHARED SCHOLARSHIPS

Keele University, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, is delighted to offer 2 Shared Scholarships. These awards cover tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of a one year taught master’s programme to be studied at Keele University. Please see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website for more information on eligibility, terms and conditions, the selection process and how to apply.

Find out more by reading interviews with previous Keele Commonwealth Scholars.

One of our most successful Commonwealth Scholar has been Dorcas Tiwaa Addai from 2016/17, who won the Patrick Turberry Prize for the best dissertation on her course and also worked at the UN.

ELIGIBILITY

Applications are open to students from developing countries within the Commonwealth who intend to study one of the following courses:

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country (please see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website for a list of eligible countries)
  • hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level and meet the academic entry requirements for your intended course of study
  • be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course and have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each subtest
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • be able to confirm in writing that neither you nor your family would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
  • be willing to confirm that you will return to your home country as soon as your period of study is complete

This award is for international fee payers only and can not be combined with any other University funded scholarship or bursary which is intended for international fee paying students. In cases where an applicant is eligible for more than one award, the highest value award will be applied.

HOW TO APPLY

All interested candidates must firstly apply for the proposed course of study at Keele. Click here to visit our postgraduate course pages and apply.

Students must also apply through the Commonwealth online system which opens on the 21 January 2019.  The deadline for applications to Keele through this system is 14 March 2019

NOMINATIONS

Nominations Successful nominees will be contacted directly by the university by the beginning of May 2019. All other applicants will receive their decision via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

 

CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIPS

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities.

For more information please visit Chevening website.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are usually open between August and November each year and are submitted online exclusively through the Chevening website.

Separately, you must also apply for your Keele university course - we recommend that you do this before or at the same time as applying for a Chevening Scholarship.

 

THE BUDI SCHEME FOR INDONESIAN STUDENTS

The Budi Scheme is a scholarship provided by the Indonesian Government for Indonesian Students to consider as a source of funding for doctoral (PhD) study overseas.

For more information about the programme please visit the Budi Scheme homepage

ELIGIBILITY

Indonesian students applying to the UK for doctoral study.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information please visit the Budi Scheme homepage

 

 

MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIPS

The Marshall Scholarship offers American students the opportunity to study at Keele with a full tuition fee scholarship and a monthly stipend.

ELIGIBILITY

Applications must be endorsed by the President, Provost, or Academic Dean of the applicant's educational institution (or employer). The online application must be submitted and authorised by a designated member of staff at the applicant's educational institution (or employer).

NB: The US institution may have earlier deadlines for submission of applications. Whether this is the case or not applications must be submitted in a timely manner in order for the US institution to be able to authorise it for submission by the deadline.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications should be made via Marshall.

 

 

GREAT SCHOLARSHIPS 2019 - CHINA

This scholarship scheme is part of the “GREAT Scholarships 2019 - East Asia” campaign, which has been launched by the British Council together with 28 UK universities to support more students in East Asia to get access to the excellent UK higher education opportunities.

This year, in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Keele will be offering 2 scholarships to students in China applying for Masters courses in:

This scholarship scheme is part of the “GREAT Scholarships 2019 - East Asia” campaign, which has been launched by the British Council together with 28 UK universities to support more students in East Asia to get access to the excellent UK higher education opportunities.

The total value of the scholarship scheme is nearly £1 million. This scholarship scheme will offer an exciting opportunity for East Asian students wishing to get financial support to pursue study on degree levels in the UK. Students can apply for courses in subjects including engineering, law, business, art and design, biosciences, IT and more, at the 28 institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIPS

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The deadline for applications for enrolment in 2019/20 is 30 June 2019.

Please note that applicants should be Chinese passport holders

HOW TO APPLY

In order to apply, applicants should:

1. View the courses here and apply online:

2. Email us with the following information;

Name, Application Reference number, Date of Birth

Please title email: GREAT China Scholarship 2019

SELECTION CRITERIA

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Successful award holders are to be informed by 5 July 2019

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2019, please visit the British Council’s country website in your country.

 

 
 

Please click the link below to view full eligibility criteria for 2018 awards

 

Full Eligibility Criteria 2018

The Keele Alumni Discount*

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.

 

The Keele Graduate Scholarship*

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.

 

The Keele Access Scholarship*

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 those netering from 2018 onwards, 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.

Care Leavers and Estranged Students' Bursary

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.

 

Full Eligibility Criteria 2018

Please click the link below to view full eligibility criteria for 2017 awards

 

Full Eligibility Criteria 2017

From September 2017, Keele University is offering three bursaries as part of its postgraduate financial support programme:

The Keele Alumni Discount*

For 2017 entry this is a £1,000 tuition fee waiver 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.

For 2018 entry this changes to a 20% discount of the tuition fee charged (SUBJECT TO COUNCIL APPROVAL).

The Keele Graduate Scholarship*

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.

The Keele Access Scholarship*

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).

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.

*Please note that all of the above awards are subject to our general Terms and Conditions and 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).

 

Full Eligibility Criteria 2017

Keele Graduate Bursary

For students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas, a discount of 15% of the taught postgraduate course fee is offered. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.

Please note that this cannot be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Faculty of Natural Science Bursary and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.

Keele International Student Scholarship

The Keele International Student Scholarship for postgraduate students is an award of £3,000 deducted from the tuition fees for a taught master’s degree course. The award can also be made to undergraduate students.

The Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas:

  • Academic qualifications
  • English Language ability
  • Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele
  • Extra-curricular or work experience

Please note that students applying for a research course are not eligible for this award.

To apply for the KIS Scholarship you must have applied to Keele and been offered a place to study here. Applications must have been received and processed before the start of academic year for which the application is made. KIS Scholarships cannot be awarded to students who have already started their degree at Keele.  

The International Scholarships Panel, which consists of Academic and International Office staff, will consider applications on a monthly basis. The Panel’s decision is final. 

Keele Country Scholarships

Keele University is delighted to announce that we are offering a scholarship of £5000 for one postgraduate student applying from each of the following countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Thailand, Vietnam and India.

Please note that international students studying at Keele can only take courses in full time mode.

This scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who has achieved a minimum of a 2.1 (Ghana, Nigeria) / 3.0 CGPA (Thailand) / 8.0 out of 10 (Vietnam) / 1st class (India) in their first degree, and who shows exceptional motivation for coming to study at Keele.

You will need to submit:

  • A 500-word essay explaining why you believe you should receive the scholarship
  • Details of your application, including your full name, intended course and student number

Please note: if you have already successfully applied for the KISS, then you are still eligible to apply for this scholarship. However, it cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarships. In cases where the applicant is eligible for both, the highest value will apply.

North American Bursary

Applicants from North America and Canada intending to study a taught master’s course are automatically entitled to a 10% reduction on the published tuition fee. There is no application form however applicants will be required to prove their nationality.

Please note that this cannot be combined with any other scholarship with the exception of the Faculty of Natural Science Bursary and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.

Keele in the USA and Keele in Canada Scholarships

These networks offer scholarships each year worth to students from the USA and Canada. Scholarships are currently the equivalent of $4,000 USD (US Students) or $4,000 CDN (Canadian Students) at the prevailing rate of exchange in Pounds Sterling GBP after completing registration and commencing the relevant course.

Successful candidates must be accepted onto an eligible full-time taught Master’s degree programme at Keele University. To meet the criteria for outstanding academic excellence/achievement, applicants should meet the criteria for outstanding achievement/contribution as an individual, candidates should demonstrate at least two of the following:

  • An achievement or contribution in citizenship in the form of making a difference to the life of the University community (this could include work on or off campus such as volunteering)
  • An achievement or contribution specifically connected to a sport or sporting activity
  • Overcoming hardship, disability or other personal adversity

Applicants must show evidence of scholarly, academic or professional excellence and give good reasons for wishing to pursue study at Keele University. Candidates should also indicate good reasons why they wish to study in the UK.

Keele-Kenya Scholarships

3 scholarships to Kenyan students.

100% scholarship

One full tuition fee scholarship is available to students applying for an MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology.

The scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees for one year
  • On campus accommodation
  • Contribution toward living expenses
  • One return airfare from Kenya

Candidates must have a First Class Honours Degree.

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Academic qualifications
  • English Language ability
  • Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele
  • Extra-curricular or work experience in a relevant field

Candidates who have already had the opportunity of studying for one year or more outside of Kenya will not be eligible.

Candidates will be required to prove their nationality and show that without this Scholarship they would be unable to study in the UK.

50% Scholarships

In addition there are two 50% tuition fee scholarships available to students wishing to study any taught master’s at Keele. 

These partial scholarships are available to applicants of Kenyan nationality paying overseas tuition fees who demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas:

  • Academic qualifications
  • English Language ability
  • Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele
  • Extra-curricular or work experience

Please note that these scholarships cannot be awarded with any other Keele Scholarships.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Keele University, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, is delighted to offer 3 Shared Scholarships. These awards cover tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of a one year taught master’s programme to be studied at Keele University. Applications are open to students from developing countries within the Commonwealth who intend to study one of the following courses:

  • MA Diplomatic Studies
  • MA Environmental Politics
  • MSc Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology
  • MA Global Security
  • MA Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be a national of (or permanently domiciled in) a developing Commonwealth country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country
  • hold a first degree at either first or upper second class level and meet the academic entry requirements for your intended course of study
  • be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the course and have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each subtest
  • not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
  • be able to confirm in writing that neither you nor your  family would otherwise be able to pay for the proposed course of study
  • be willing to confirm that you will return to your home country as soon as your period of study is complete

The Keele Graduate Bursary (Keele Graduates Only)

A discount of £1,000 is available on some taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU students who have graduated either from a first degree programme, or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele.

For International students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas, a discount of 15% of the taught postgraduate course fee is offered. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction. Please note that this cannot be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Faculty of Natural Science Bursary, and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.

Keele Graduate Bursaries are available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service- or where an individual School has other arrangements within its fee structure e.g. School of Pharmacy. You will not receive the Keele Graduate Bursary if your course is fully or partially funded by a sponsor or organisation such as your employer.

There are no additional forms or paperwork. You do not have to apply for this bursary. If you are eligible we will contact you.

The £1,000, or 15%, will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, deductions will be made on a pro rata basis.

Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2015 or 2016.

The Keele Graduate Scholarship (Open To All)

We will award a tuition fee discount of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Please note that PGCE and MA Social Work are not included in this award.

Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study. You do not have to apply for this award. We will write to you by the end of October after enrolment to confirm the award.

The Keele Access Scholarship

Please note that this bursary will take the form of a fee waiver which will be applied pro rata for part-time study. Fee waivers of up to £850 are being made available for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who wish to take a taught postgraduate course at Keele to at least postgraduate diploma level.

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). Check your area on our Access Scholarships - UK Postcode Checker.

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.