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
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 2020-21 academic year.
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.
Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2019-20 will be made to the relevant students during the 2019-20 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 2020/21 and who do not have access to student finance.
Please note the deadline for applications to this scholarship is 1 May 2020.
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 of 1 May 2020.
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 2020 entry by 30 April 2020.
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 2020/21 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 2020/21 at Ulster University through UCAS by April 2020.
- You must hold a conditional or unconditional offer OR have ‘decision pending’, status from Ulster University by April 2020. 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.
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 1 May 2020.
- 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 2020/21 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*
This Scholarship is available to students entering the MSci Pharma Biosciences programme.
Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2020-21 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2020-21 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 students (full-time or part-time). Up to three awards per year of up to £1000 are available to support female CYW students to undertake an international practice placement or for those female CYW students in need of additional financial support to maintain their studies.
Applications are to be submitted to Dr. Breda Friel at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of 5pm on 22 November 2019. Decisions will be made by Friday 29 November 2019.
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.
The call for applications for the 2020-21 academic year will go out in September 2020.Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.
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.
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, Humanities and Social Sciences following the exam board meetings in May of each academic year.
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
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.
For students entering the 2020/21 academic year, applications will be open in April 2020.
For information on being an international student at Ulster University, please visit https://www.ulster.ac.uk/global
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 – email@example.com
Applications for these scholarships are currently closed. Announcements regarding the scholarship for 2020-21 will be made to the relevant students at the start of the 2020-21 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:
Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.
- 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.
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.Applications for the scholarship are currently closed
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 2020-21 will be made to the relevant students during the 2020-21 academic year
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.
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 2019-20 will be made to the relevant students in the 2019-20 academic year.
For more information contact Una McMahon-Beattie in the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2019-20 academic year will go out in Spring 2020 to all eligible students.
Santander Universities support
Santander Universities offers an exciting range of scholarships and other forms of support for Ulster University students.
- 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:
Applications for this scholarship are now closed. Announcements regarding this scholarship will be made at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
- County Tyrone
- County Derry~Londonderry
- Co. Fermanagh
- Co. Donegal
The Student Fund invites applications once a year. Applications for this scholarship are currently closed. The call for applications for the 2020-21 academic year will go out in September 2020.
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
For travel outside Northern Ireland only, in support of academic studies, and will not exceed a maximum of £500.
£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.
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
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.
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 2020.
For more information please visit the TJI website
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.
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