University Scholarships

Find out what types of scholarships are available to our students.

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.

Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject.

Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards.

Scholarships are also available for international students.

  • Access to Justice Scholarships

    All LLM applicants who obtain a place on the Access to Justice course will be invited to apply for two scholarships before the start of the 2021-22 academic year:

    • Allen & Overy scholarship - provides fee support for scholars and is sponsored by the International Law Firm Allen & Overy through the firm's Global Foundation.
    • Department of Justice scholarship - provides fee support for scholars. It has been offered to students since 2013 and is sponsored by the School of Law and supported by the Department of Justice.
  • All Ireland Scholarships Scheme

    If you're intending to do a full-time undergraduate course this autumn, you can now apply for the All Ireland Scholarships Scheme. The scholarships provide financial help to top-performing students from low-income backgrounds. The value of each scholarship is £5,500 per year for the duration of a course. Applications must be received by Friday 29 June.

    How to apply

    Nineteen scholarships, funded by businessman JP McManus, will be made available to A-Level students from post-primary schools and six scholarships to students from further education colleges.

    A minimum of two scholarships will be offered in each county of Northern Ireland, based on where the students live.

    To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be in receipt of Education Maintenance Allowance.

    You can get full details about the scholarships, including how to apply, at All Ireland Scholarships

  • An Droichead Scholarship

    The An Droichead Scholarship is open to students who have completed a BA Irish Language and Literature, or Irish in combination, at Ulster University.

    Students must also have an unconditional offer of a place on a postgraduate course in Irish within the School of Language and Literature at the University.

    If you are eligible to apply we will notify you in advance of the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Asylum Seekers Scholarship

    Ulster University will offer up to three scholarships for students registered as asylum seekers in Northern Ireland. The scholarships are open to students applying to study a three-year full time undergraduate degree in academic year 2021/22 and who do not have access to student finance.

    Late applications will not be considered.

    Applicants must have the ‘right to study’ in the UK included within their immigration status by the time of the Scholarship closing date.

    Apply for an Asylum Seekers Scholarship

    Eligibility Criteria

    To qualify, applicants must first apply to an eligible undergraduate degree programme via UCAS and receive a conditional or unconditional offer to study at Ulster University for September 2021 entry by 30 April 2021.

    Please also note that you have to apply through UCAS for your university place AND to Ulster University for the Scholarship by completing the online application form.


    • Applicants must have applied for asylum in Northern Ireland before applying for a place at University and must be currently resident in Northern Ireland, to be considered for a scholarship;
    • Be a dependant of someone with discretionary or limited leave to remain as a result of an application for refugee status


    • You or your parent/guardian have submitted an asylum application and not yet received a decision from the Home Office on your application.
    • You are not eligible for mainstream UK student funding due to your immigration status i.e you are not eligible for student finance for 2021/22 academic year.
    • You must not have completed an undergraduate degree previously.
    • You must live within a commutable distance to the Ulster University campus offering the course you have applied to.
    • You must confirm that you do not require support for living expenses or accommodation.
    • You must submit an application for a place of study on a full time undergraduate course starting in academic year 2021/22 at Ulster University through UCAS by April 2021.
    • You must hold a conditional or unconditional offer OR have ‘decision pending’, status from Ulster University by April 2021. You will also be required to meet any academic and language conditions attached to your offer.

    Applicants must meet these strict eligibility criteria and be in a position to verify their circumstances in order to apply. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will not be considered for the scholarship.

    Applicable Courses

    All three year full time undergraduate courses (see exclusions below)


    • Courses with a compulsory placement year
    • Social Work
    • NHS funded courses to include Nursing, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Health Physiology, Speech and Language Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, Radiotherapy and Oncology, Occupational Therapy
    • All Distance Learning programmes, foundation degrees and part-time courses.


    Successful applicants for the Scholarship Award will be provided with:

    • Tuition Fee Grant: Successful students will be offered a tuition fee-remitted (i.e. no fees) place at university for a maximum of three years or until such time as they are awarded status that entitles them to access student finance (if at all).
    • A Travel and Course Costs Grant: Successful students will be offered a £500 a year (per year if applicable) grant to help with travel and course costs.

    Ulster University will not be able to provide any financial support for accommodation or living costs. Students should only apply if they are able to fund these costs independently during their university course. Students will need to provide evidence of this.

    Terms and Conditions

    • You must be able to provide evidence that you have sought asylum in Northern Ireland and that your asylum application is under consideration by the Home Office. Students who have refugee status are not eligible for this scholarship.
    • You must return a completed scholarship application form to include documentary evidence regarding immigration status by 31 April 2021
    • Tuition fees will be waivered during on line enrolment.
    • You must register online on your programme of study before semester one commences.
    • Scholarships will be awarded for academic year 2021/22 and may not be deferred to another academic year.
    • Students must request authorisation from the Head of Admissions before making any changes to their programme of study. Where changes are made without authorisation, the scholarship may be withdrawn.
    • Your scholarship will be renewed for each year of your course providing you satisfactorily progress through to the next year of study and you maintain your registration as a full-time student and are not eligible for student finance support.
    • You must inform the Head of Admissions of any changes to your immigration status during your studies. You must consent to regular UKVI immigration history checks to verify full immigration status.
    • If you receive a notification of a change in your Asylum Status which means that you become eligible for student financial support from the UK government, you must make an application for support for the next academic year. For example, if you start a course with Asylum Status in September and are then granted Refugee Status in November, you must apply for UK government student financial support for all future academic years of the course.
    • If at any point during the application process or after you start your studies, we are informed by the Home Office that you should not be studying at University, you will no longer be eligible for the award. We will deem you withdrawn and you will be expected to leave your studies immediately.

  • Barnett Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholarship

    With the generous support of Norbrook Laboratories Limited, the Barnett Pharmaceutical Biosciences Scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to students undertaking an MSci in Pharmaceutical Biosciences at Ulster University.

    The Scholarship has a value of £10,000 (£2,500 per annum) and will be available to all newly enrolled level 4 students.

    Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2021-22 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

    Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

  • Belfast Girls’ Club Union Scholarships

    The Belfast Girls Club Union Scholarships at Ulster University are available for Female BSc Community Youth Work (CYW) students (full-time or part-time).

    Up to four awards of between £500 and £1000 are available to support female CYW students in need of additional financial support to maintain their studies.

    Applications are to be submitted to Susan Morgan

    We make an announcement to the students who are eligible to apply for the 2021-22 scholarship at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Boston Discovery Scholarship

    The Boston Discovery Scholarship, supported by Ulster University graduates based in the Boston area, offers a first year student the opportunity to apply for £1,000 pa for each year of study (including placement year).

    It is open to those students who have benefitted from Ulster University's Discovery programme, the new Ulster University Schools Outreach programme, aimed at providing an opportunity for pupils from areas of social and economic disadvantage in Northern Ireland to access higher education.

    The Boston Discovery Scholarship invites applications once a year.

    Applications are currently closed.
    Note: for students who require financial assistance, please visit the Student Wellbeing section of our website to assess eligibility.

  • Choice Scholarships

    Launched in 2019, this five-year scholarship programme is funded by Choice Housing, one of the largest independent housing associations in Northern Ireland.

    It will support up to 15 students who face barriers to participating in higher education, providing £1,000 financial assistance to three students per year for the lifetime of the project.  Recipients will be notified directly by the Policy and Research (WAP) Unit.

  • Civica Scholarship

    A generous financial and work placement scholarship awarded each year to an undergraduate student from a computing or electronic engineering subject area.

  • Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

    £1,000 per year awarded to high-performing A-Level students choosing selected engineering and technology courses.

    Find out more about the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

  • Dr George Moore Data Science Student Scholarships

    Dr George Moore Data Science International Student Scholarship

    The Dr George Moore Data Science International Student Scholarship is currently open for applications from students entering the MSc Data Science Fee (one year) or the MSc Data Science (Applied Research) in the 2020/21 academic year.

    There are two scholarships available, each to the value of £3,000 that can be used towards tuition fees.

    Dr George Moore Data Science Home Student Scholarship

    The Dr George Moore Data Science Home Student Scholarship is currently open for applications from students entering the MSc Data Science Fee (one year) or the MSc Data Science (Applied Research) in the 2020/21 academic year.

    There is one scholarship available to the value of £2,000 which takes the form of a stipend payable in two instalments.

    The application form must be submitted by midnight (GMT) Friday 28th August 2020.

  • Dr O'Hare Student Travel Scholarship

    The Scholarship is awarded to students in the School of the Built Environment for travel for study and research purposes to Australia, Brazil and Argentina.

    Any future calls for applications will be announced on this webpage and directly to eligible students.

  • Evelyn Burges Scholarship in Drama

    The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student who achieves the highest aggregate marks in second year drama modules. The recipient will be notified directly by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences following the exam board meetings in May of each academic year.

  • FinTrU Women in Finance Scholarship

    FinTrU recognise that women are underrepresented in the Finance industry at all levels including university students in Northern Ireland undertaking finance-related courses.

    To promote gender diversity in the workplace, in the 2020-21 academic year FinTrU are offering one female First Year student in Finance (or closely related discipline) the opportunity to undertake practical work experience, receive one-on-one mentorship and will pay 50% of the NI rate towards year two and year four university fees.

    Get more information and apply for this scholarship

    Deadline for applications: 24 January 2021.

  • Flywire Scholarships

    The Flywire Charitable Foundation scholarships will be awarded to students in need to help them better manage costs associated with their education.

  • Frank Knox Fellowships

    A significant financial package awarded to UK students undertaking postgraduate study at Harvard University. Find out more about Frank Knox Fellowships.

  • GAA Irish Language Scholarships

    This generous scholarship is supported by the Ulster GAA. The scholarship criteria are as follows:

    • All applicants must be registered GAA members
    • All applications to Gaeilge sa Chlub must be signed by the current club secretary or chairperson.
    • Applicants to Gaeilge sa Chlub must first apply directly to the university in question in order to gain a place on the Diploma in Irish Language course. Only registered students can access this funding.

    Successful applicants must complete a project to promote Irish in their GAA club with support from Ulster GAA.

  • Houzz Scholarship Programme

    The Houzz Scholarship Programme is available to architecture, design and construction students. Three awards of £2,000 are offered in the following categories: Sustainable Design; Women in Architecture; and Construction Management.

    Find out more about the Houzz Schorlarship.

  • International Postgraduate Scholarships
  • John J Sweeney Scholarship

    The John J Sweeney Scholarship at Ulster University is currently closed for applications.

    The John J Sweeney Scholarship will support US students enrolled to study full-time on the following MSc or MA at Ulster University:

    • Access to Justice, Master of Laws
    • Community Youth Work, Master of Science
    • Construction Business and Leadership (with management specialisms), Master of Science
    • Executive Leadership, Master of Science
    • Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice, Master of Laws
    • Management and Corporate Governance, Master of Science
    • Manufacturing Management, Master of Science
    • Peace and Conflict Studies, Master of Science
    • Social Policy, Master of Science


    The Scholarship will be open to all US citizens who:

    • Have been offered a full-time place on one of the above MSc or MA and have made a firm commitment to Ulster University during the admissions phase


    • Are a US union member; or
    • Have a familial connection to a US union member (mother, father, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent); or
    • Can provide a reference letter from a union sponsor.

    The Scholarship is valued at $20,000 and will be used in support of full fees and some living expenses.

    More Information

  • Kennedy Scholarships

    A significant financial package awarded to UK students undertaking postgraduate study at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Find out more about the Kennedy Scholarships

  • KPMG Fast Track Scholarship

    The Ulster University Business School, supported by KPMG, offers the KPMG Fast Track Scholarship for students who hold an unconditional offer of a place on the Graduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University.

    The Scholarships support a maximum of two Home scholars are in support of full tuition fees.

    The Scholarships will also include a work based learning opportunity.

    For further information please contact Gillian Armstrong.

    Applications for these scholarships are currently closed. Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2021-22 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Latvian Government Scholarship

    Scholarships are available for Bachelors, Masters and PhD students to study in Latvia.  Find out more about Latvian scholarships.

  • Learning Pool Scholarship

    The Learning Pool Scholarships provide financial support to students enrolled on one of the following courses at the University:

    • BSc Hons Computer Science/BSc Hons Computer Science (Software Systems Development) courses on the Magee campus;
    • BSc Hons Computing Science/ BEng Hons Software Engineering courses on the Jordanstown campus:
    • BSc Hons Computing course on the Coleraine campus; or
    • BDes Hons Animation course on the Belfast campus.
    Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.
  • Liam Kelly Scholarship in Law

    Established in memory of Ulster University alumnus Liam Kelly (LLB), the Liam Kelly Scholarship in Law is available to students enrolled on both undergraduate and postgraduate Law courses at the University.

    Applicants must be mature, part-time students who come from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds and who have completed the first year of their degrees.

    Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2021-22 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

    For any enquiries related to the Scholarship please contact Mr John Kennedy:


    Telephone: +44 (0)28 9036 6304.

  • McColgan Engineering Scholarship

    This prestigious scholarship is open to one student each academic year from one of the following programmes:

    • BSc Hons Biomedical Engineering
    • MEng / BEng Hons Electronic Engineering
    • MEng / BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering
    • MEng / BEng Hons Mechatronic Engineering

    The McColgan Engineering Scholarship is now closed for applications.
    Announcements regarding the McColgan Engineering Scholarship for 2021-22 will be made to the relevant students during the 2021-22 academic year

  • MetaCompliance Scholarship

    Applicants must submit a 500 - 1000 word essay on the following topic:

    What are the top 3 Cyber Security threats facing Generation Z?

    The winning student will receive a scholarship of £1000. Applications must be received by 1st October 2019. Open to all students.

    Find out more about the MetaCompliance Scholarhip

  • Mount Charles Scholarship

    The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers the Mount Charles Scholarship for full-time first year students from the BSc International Hospitality Management, BSc Culinary Arts Management and BSc Consumer Management and Food Innovation.

    Each scholarship is valued at a total amount of £16,500 and will be paid to students in three (£5,500) installments in year 1, 2, and final year of their programme.

    The scholarship funding will support one student from one of the three programmes identified above and will be used to pay course tuition fees with any remaining funds to be utilised by the student in support of costs related to their studies for example, books, laptop or travel expenses.

    Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

    For more information contact Una McMahon-Beattie in the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management:

  • North-South Scholarship

    The Centre for Cross Border Studies each year funds postgraduate students leaving Ireland/Northern Ireland to study in the other jurisdiction.

  • Optum Regional Healthcare Scholarship

    Optum provides a dedicated scholarship in partnership with Ulster University to a student from a less advantaged background in County Donegal under this bespoke bilingual scheme which aligns with the needs and realities of the community in the North-West.

    The Optum Regional Healthcare Scholarship is currently closed for applications.
    A call for applications will be issued in Spring 2021.

  • Richard K Degenhardt Belleek Collectors' Scholarship

    Awarded each year to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Ceramics or Celtic Studies.

    The call for applications for the 2020-21 academic year will go out in Spring 2021 to all eligible students.

  • Santander Universities support

    Santander Universities offers an exciting range of scholarships and other forms of support for Ulster University students.

    Support includes:

    • widening access mobility scholarships
    • internships and
    • enterprise funding

    Calls for applications for Santander Universities support will go out throughout the year to eligible students as opportunities arise.

  • SSE Airtricity Scholarship

    The SSE Airtricity Scholarships provide financial support for students on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    The SSE Airtricity Scholarships are available to first-year students at Ulster University who live in:

    • County Tyrone
    • County Derry~Londonderry
    • Co. Fermanagh
    • Co. Donegal

    Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2021-22 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

  • The Brundle Award

    The Brundle Award is open to all final year undergraduate students undertaking a course in the Ulster University Belfast School of Art.

    Applications open in semester one of each academic year. The value of the award is £1,000. The Brundle Award was conceived having identified how the quality of final year student’s work may be compromised due to a lack of personal resources and aims to reward ambition.

    Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2021-22 will be made to the relevant students during the 2021-22 academic year.

  • The Flax Trust Bursaries

    The Flax Trust is offering a number of £1,000 bursaries for its business planning programme, leading to the award of the Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise. This is a part-time programme which is fully accredited, managed and delivered by Ulster University.

    Find out more about The Flax Trust Bursaries.

  • The Paul Kavanagh Award

    It will be awarded to an early stage PhD researcher each year, to allow them to travel to a conference where they can expand their research.

    The Scholarship value is £1,000 per year. The School of Biomedical Sciences will manage the Award and choose the recipient.

  • The Ulster University Student Opportunity Fund

    The Ulster University Student Opportunity Fund invites applications once a year.

    Applications will open on the first week of term in September 2021. Students will be notified by email when open.

    For students who require financial assistance, please visit Student Wellbeing to assess eligibility.

  • Transitional Justice Institute Scholarship

    The TJI Scholarship is open to applications from students on either the LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights or the LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice courses at the University.

    The Scholarship is valued at a total amount of £1,000. The call for applications will open in Summer 2021.

  • Ulster University Talented Athlete Entry Scheme

    Formerly known as the Elite Athlete Entry Scheme, it is designed to assist talented young sports performers in gaining access to a quality education at Ulster University whilst attaining success at the highest levels within their chosen sport.

    Applications open at the end of September for entry to the University the following academic year.

    Find out more about the Talented Athlete Scheme

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