Externally-sponsored awards

Thanks to external sponsors, there are a number of funding opportunities available to Keele students to help with the day to day costs of being at university, some of which are listed below.

What is this scholarship?

£1,500 cash award for 100 undergraduate students, which will be paid to them in their first year of study.

What are the eligibility criteria for the 2021/22 award?

To be eligible for this award you should:

  • Be a current Keele University student
  • Have commenced the first year of your course in 2021/22 (i.e. Foundation Year or Year 1)*
  • Be an undergraduate home student
  • Have a home postcode beginning with ST (home address, not term-time address)
  • Have a household income of below £25,000

*since Foundation Year students were previously unable to apply for this scholarship, if you started a Foundation Year in 2020/21 and are now in Year 1 in 2021/22, you may apply this year.

How can I apply for the scholarhip?

Applications for the 2021/22 Denise Coates Scholarship are now closed.

Terms and Conditions
  • Students who receive the Philip Soar Bursary will not be eligible for the Denise Coates Scholarship
  • Students who receive the Keele University Bursary and/or Care Leaver & Estranged Student Bursary are able to apply for the Denise Coates Scholarship
  • Students in the Harper-Keele Vet School are able to apply, provided that their host institution is Keele University
  • Successful applicants will receive an award in their first year only

Phil Soar is a Keele graduate (History and Sociology and Social Anthropology, 1969) and a member of the College of Fellows at Keele University. Beyond Keele, Phil Soar is a respected and successful author, publisher and businessman. In the past 20 years, he has built up one of the best collections of football books and periodicals in the world. Phil has written and collaborated on numerous football histories that have been widely acclaimed (e.g. Encyclopaedia of British Football & Arsenal 1886-1986). Phil is Chairman/CEO of a number of large media groups such as Blenheim, DeAgostini, Eaglemoss, Spearhead, CloserStill. Brand Events and Nineteen (19) Events.

Phil Soar has set up these bursaries to provide a student from a similar background to himself the opportunity to access the vital funding they need to support their higher education experience at Keele, just as he enjoyed.

What is this bursary?

£1,500 cash award for six first year undergraduates, which will be paid to them in each year of their study.

What are the criteria?

To be eligible for this award you should:

  • Be a current Keele University student
  • Have commenced the first year of your course in 2021/22 (can be Foundation Year)
  • Be an undergraduate home student
  • Have a household income of below £25,000, come from a WP area, or be part of an under represented group: e.g estranged, BAME, student carer etc
  • Complete an application including a short 500 word essay
How can I apply for the bursary?

Applications for the 2022/23 Philip Soar Bursary will be open between 3rd - 21st October 2022. We aim to contact all applicants by the end of November to let you know the outcome of your application.

Terms and Conditions
  • Students in the Harper-Keele Vet School are able to apply, provided that their host institution is Keele University
  • Successful applicants can only receive 1 award per academic year, e.g the bursary will not be payable in any repeat years
  • If a successful applicant withdraws, they will receive no further payments once withdrawn from the University

Some charities and organisations offer bursaries and grants to support students who are studying at university. Here are some examples of external scholarships:

  • The Community Foundation for Staffordshire has a number of grants and bursaries targeted at people residing in the Stoke and Staffordshire area and addresses a range of social, health and social mobility issues.
  • The Leverhulme Charities Trust offers grants of up to £5000 for students who are the children or spouses of grocers, pharmacists, commercial travellers.
  • The RCN Foundation offers grants for student nurses working with young people.