Scholarships

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

Scholarships

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.

  • 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 2019/20 and who do not have access to student finance.

    Apply for an Asylum Seekers Scholarship

  • The An Droichead Scholarship*

    The An Droichead Scholarship is available to students who have completed a BA Irish Language and Literature (or Irish in combination) at the University and who are in receipt of an unconditional offer of a place on a postgraduate course in Irish within the School of Language and Literature at the University.

    Applications for this scholarship are currently closed. Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2019-20 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

  • The Barnett Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholarship*

    This Scholarship is available to students entering the MSci Pharma Biosciences programme. Applications for this scholarship are currently closed. Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2019-20 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2019-20 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 for this scholarship are currently closed. The call for applications for the 2019-20 academic year will go out in September 2019.

  • 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. Applications are currently closed.

  • 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.

  • 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 following the exam board meetings in May of each 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.

  • 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.

    Applications for 2016-17 are now closed. The scholarship will re-open for applications at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

  • 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.

  • International Postgraduate Scholarships
  • The 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

    AND

    • 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.

    For students entering the 2019/20 academic year, applications will be open in April 2019.

    For information on our MSc and MA provision, visit here.

    For information on being an international student at Ulster University, please visit https://www.ulster.ac.uk/global

  • Kennedy Scholarships

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

  • 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 – ga.armstrong@ulster.ac.uk

    Applications for these scholarships are currently closed. Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2019-20 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

  • Latvian Government Scholarship

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

  • The 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. Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2019-20 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

  • The 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.

    The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 30 August 2019.

    For any enquiries related to the Scholarship please contact Mr John Kennedy jrg.kennedy@ulster.ac.uk +44 (0)28 9036 6304.

    Download application form for the Liam Kelly Scholarship

  • The 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 2018-19 will be made to the relevant students during the 2018-19 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

  • The 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) instalments 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. Announcements regarding the Mount Charles Scholarship for 2018-19 will be made to the relevant students in the 2018-19 academic year. For more information contact Una McMahon-Beattie in the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management: usm.mcmahon@ulster.ac.uk

  • 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 North-West 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 North West Healthcare Scholarship is currently closed for applications.

    A call for applications will be issued in Spring 2020.

  • Optum Regional Healthcare Scholarship*

    Optum will provide two dedicated scholarships in partnership with Ulster University and NUI Galway, to students 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 of Ireland.

    The Optum Regional Healthcare Scholarship is currently closed for applications.

    A call for applications will be issued in Spring 2020.

  • 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 2018-19 academic year will go out in Spring 2019 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 entrepreneurship funding.

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

  • Access to Justice Scholarships*

    Allen & Overy scholarship

    International Law Firm Allen & Overy supports the Allen & Overy Scholarships for the LLM in Access to Justice through the firm's Global Foundation.

    The scholarship provides fee support for scholars.

    All applicants accepted onto the programme will be invited to apply for the scholarships.

    Department of Justice Scholarship

    The School of Law, supported by the Department of Justice, has sponsored an Access to Justice Scholarship since 2013.

    The scholarship provides fee support for scholars.  All applicants accepted onto the programme will be invited to apply for this scholarship.

    *All LLM applicants who obtain a place on the course will be invited to apply for the scholarships before the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

  • The SSE Airtricity Scholarship*The SSE Airtricity Scholarship*

    The SSE Airtricity Scholarships provide 50% tuition fees to support students annually on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    The SSE Airtricity Scholarships are available to first-year students at Ulster University who live in County Tyrone and County Derry~Londonderry.

    Applications for this scholarship are currently closed. Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2019-20 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

  • Student Scholarship 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

  • Student Scholarship 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

  • Student Fund

    The Student Fund invites applications once a year.  Applications for this scholarship are currently closed. The call for applications for the 2019-20 academic year will go out in September 2019.

    Applications are invited for the following categories:

    • Gateway Scholarship (Full Time Undergraduate) - £1,000 for up to three years, excluding work placement year.
    • Gateway Scholarship (Part Time Adult Learner) - £1,000 for one academic year.
    • Broadening Horizons Travel Bursary Awards are for travel only, in support of academic studies, and will not exceed a maximum of £500.
    • Sports Scholarship - £1,000 for one academic year.
    • Academic Excellence Awards - £500 awarded to the student in each of the four Faculties who has scored the highest average mark in the first year of their programme of study and £250 to the runner up in each Faculty.
  • 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.

    *Administered by the Development and Alumni Relations Office

  • Transitional Justice Institute Scholarship

    This 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 2019.

    For more information please visit the TJI website