Scholarships, discounts and specialised grants

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There’s no getting away from it, University is a big investment. As a student at Sunderland, we understand the pressures of balancing your daily finances with your studies. We’re here to support you with your finances in every possible way, and we offer generous grants, including cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.

You’ll find every available scholarship on this page to make your life easier, so you can focus on what’s important – pursuing your career ambitions.

To see if your programme is eligible for a scholarship, please see our Full-Time Programmes Eligible for Scholarships (.pdf)

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Pharmacy Scholarship

What it is: 
A cash scholarship of £2,000 for MPharm Pharmacy students who achieve grades ABB at A Level or equivalent and join in autumn 2018/19 OR a cash scholarship of £1,000 for MPharm Pharmacy students who reach their predicted grades which are below grades ABB at A Level and join in autumn 2018/19

Who it's for:
Full-time home undergraduate MPharm Pharmacy students

Contact:
Scholarships Team - scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Pharmacy Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

StudyPlus Scholarship

What it is:
StudyPlus is a personal fund for each Year 1 student to spend on study essentials and textbooks in the University’s StudyPlus online store. Students on the Integrated Foundation Year will receive £200 of funds plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80. Other first year undergraduate students will receive £150 of funds.

Who it's for: 
All first-year home, EU and international undergraduate students starting in 2018 on a University of Sunderland course in Year 1. Higher Degree Apprenticeship, PGCE, Masters and PHD levels, and programmes delivered at our Partners Colleges, are not eligible for this scholarship.

Further details:
StudyPlus Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

Alumni Loyalty Scheme

What it is:
20% off the course fee to reward loyal alumni who return to study a postgraduate degree at the University of Sunderland.

Who it's for:
Alumni (graduates of the University) who enrol on a masters-level postgraduate course (MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, PhD - excluding PGCE’s) delivered at our Sunderland campus starting in Sep/Oct 2018 and Jan/Feb 2019.

Contact:
Student Helpline - student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3000

Further details:
Alumni Loyalty Scheme terms (.pdf)

Excellence Scholarship

What it is:
A cash scholarship in both year 1 and year 2 of study worth £1,000.

Who it's for:
Full-time Home and EU undergraduates with ABB grades at A Level or equivalent

Contact:
Scholarships Team - scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Excellence Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

Get There Scholarship

What it is:
Free travel across Tyne and Wear for a year, or an accommodation discount on University-managed accommodation (including The Forge U Student Village)

Who it's for:
Full-time Home and EU undergraduates.

Contact:
Scholarships Team – scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Get There Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

Modern Foreign Languages Scholarship

What it is:
£1,385 fee waiver

Who it's for:
For students of compulsory Foreign Languages Study Abroad and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Contact:
Scholarships Team – scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details: Study Abroad (MFL) Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

International Scholarship

What it is:
£1,500 tuition fee reduction (undergraduates) or £1,000 tuition fee reduction (postgraduates)

Who it's for:
All international students studying on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Contact:
Student Helpline – student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3000

Off-Campus Scholarship

What it is:
£1,200 tuition fee reduction for each year of study

Who it's for:
Home/EU Students applying for full-time undergraduate programmes at designated partner colleges

Contact:
Scholarships Team – scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Off-Campus Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

Off-Campus Progression Scholarship

What it is:
Up to £500 cash

Who it's for:
For Home/EU Foundation degree students studying at partner colleges who progress to an on-campus top-up year

Contact:
Scholarships Team – scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Off-Campus Progression Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

Cash Scholarship (Medicine)* 2019/20

*Subject to Medical School approval from HEFCE/GMC

What it is:
A cash £2,000 scholarship - £1,000 in Year 1 and £1,000 in Year 2 of study.

Who it's for:
Full-time home Medicine MBChB students beginning their programmes in academic year 2019/20.

Contact:
Scholarships Team - scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Cash Scholarship (Medicine) guidance notes 2019/20 (.pdf)

Accommodation Scholarship (Medicine)* 2019/20

*Subject to Medical School approval from HEFCE/GMC

What it is:
Free University-managed accommodation in Scotia Quay for Year 1 of study and a discount of 50% on University-managed accommodation in Year 2.

Who it's for:
Full-time home Medicine MBChB students beginning their programmes in academic year 2019/20.

Contact:
Scholarships Team - scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Accommodation Scholarship (Medicine) guidance notes 2019/20 (.pdf)

Travel Scholarship (Medicine)* 2019/20

*Subject to Medical School approval from HEFCE/GMC

What it is:
Supported travel costs for Medicine students in Year 3 (placement year) in recognition of the increased costs incurred during placement.

Who it's for:
Full-time home Medicine MBChB students beginning their programmes in academic year 2019/20.

Contact:
Scholarships Team - scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Travel Scholarship (Medicine) guidance notes 2019/20 (.pdf)

Scholarships you need to apply for

To receive these scholarships, you will need to apply for them.

Accommodation Scholarship

What it is:
The opportunity to stay in our student accommodation free of charge in 2018/19 academic year.

Who it's for:
Full-time, home, on-campus undergraduate students who live outside of the North East ‘travel to study’ regions. Details on which postcodes are included can be found in the guidance notes below. This scholarship is strictly limited in numbers and is awarded on a first come first served basis. You can apply for the Accommodation Scholarship using the online portal. UK applicants only.

Contact:
Scholarships Team - scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865.

Further details:
Accommodation Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

Elite Athlete Scheme

What it is:
Up to £1,000 worth of funding and support (please note, support packages may vary and are individually awarded)

Who it's for:
Any student enrolled at the University of Sunderland

Contact:
The Institute of Sport - uni.sport@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3301

Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme

What it is:
Financial support to cover university fees and maintenance costs

Who it's for:
The aim of this scheme to give the children of those who died in service and whose death was attributable to service, a scholarship to help cover some of the costs incurred in obtaining a university degree

Further details:
For more information and to apply, please go to the Gov.uk website

University of Sunderland Scholarship 2018/19

The University of Sunderland scholarship is open to 2018/19 students joining in autumn 2018.

What it is:
A cash scholarship in both year 1 and year 2 of study worth £1,000

Who it's for:
For full-time home/EU students with an annual household income of less or equal to £42,875*. Application deadline: 29 June 2018. This scholarship is strictly limited in numbers of scholarship awards made.

*This information was correct at the time of publication, however, the Government is currently discussing future maintenance loan levels; once any changes have been announced and formalised we will update our website accordingly.

Contact:
Scholarships Team – scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
University of Sunderland Scholarship guidance notes 2018/19 (.pdf)

University of Sunderland Scholarship 2017/18

The University of Sunderland scholarship is open to 2017/18 students joining in spring 2018.

What it is:
A cash scholarship in both year 1 and year 2 of study worth £1,000

Who it's for:
For full-time Home/EU students with an annual household income of less or equal to £42,875*. Application deadline: 27 April 2018. This scholarship is strictly limited in numbers of scholarship awards made.

*This information was correct at the time of publication, however, the Government is currently discussing future maintenance loan levels; once any changes have been announced and formalised we will update our website accordingly.

Contact:
Scholarships Team – scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
The University of Sunderland Scholarship guidance notes 2017/18 (.pdf)

Royal Television Society undergraduate bursary

What it is:
£3,000, plus extra benefits from the Royal Television Society 

Who it's for:
Applicants for BA (Hons) Broadcast Media Production or BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism. Please note that this scholarship is awarded by the Royal Television Society, not the University of Sunderland.

Further details:
For full information and to apply, please visit the Royal Television Society website

Study Abroad Scholarship

What it is:
Up to £1,000 cash to fund a short international programme in Year 2

Who it's for:
For Full-Time Home/EU students with an annual household income of less or equal to £42,875*. This scholarship is strictly limited in numbers of scholarship awards made.

*This information was correct at the time of publication, however, the Government is currently discussing future maintenance loan levels; once any changes have been announced and formalised we will update our website accordingly.

Contact:
Scholarships Team – scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Study Abroad Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

We Care Scholarship

What it is:
£1,500 cash scholarship for each year of study (including placement year) for Care Experienced students or Family Estranged.

Who it's for:
For Full-Time Home Undergraduate and Postgraduate students under the age of 25 on 1 September 2018.

Contact:
The Looked After Young People and Care Leavers Team– care.contact@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2216

Further details:
We Care Scholarship Guidance Notes (.pdf)

Medicine Preparation for Professional Practice Fund* 2019/20

*Subject to Medical School approval from HEFCE/GMC

What it is:
Up to £1,500 of support for Medicine students in Year 5 to prepare for their clinical placement.

Who it's for:

Full-time Home Medicine MBChB students beginning their programmes in academic year 2019/20.

Contact:
Scholarships Team - scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2865

Further details:
Medicine Preparation for Professional Practice Fund 2019/20 (.pdf)

Scholarships for current students

Scholarships you can apply for as a current University of Sunderland student:

Futures Fund Student Opportunity Scholarship

What it is:
Up to £500

Who it's for:
Any full or part-time student studying at the University of Sunderland

Contact:
Development Office Team - development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

Further details:
For further information and to download the application form, visit the Development & Alumni Office website

Futures Fund Excellence Scholarship

What it is:
Up to £2,000

Who it's for:
Any penultimate year full-time student, studying with the University of Sunderland, who is considered, by their board of study, to be on track for a first class honours degree

Contact:
Development Office Team - development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

Further details:
For further information and to download the application form, visit the Development & Alumni Office website

Futures Fund Graduate Development Scholarship

What it is:
Up to £2,500

Who it's for:
Any full or part-time student in the final year of their undergraduate study and also recently graduated alumni (up to one year)

Contact:
Development Office Team - development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

Further details:
For further information and to download the application form, visit the Development & Alumni Office website

The Sir Tom Cowie Memorial Scholarship Award

What it is:
£10,000

Who it's for:
Full-time undergraduate students studying a discipline related to Engineering, Education, Enterprise or Business who are at the end of their penultimate year (second year for a standard programme or third year for a four-year programme) and on track for a first or 2:1. Students must hail from the immediate Sunderland area and demonstrate financial need.

Contact:
Development Office Team - development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

Further details:
For further information and to download the application form, visit the Development & Alumni Office website

The Hope Winch Benevolence Fund Scholarship

What it is:
£1,000

Who it's for:
Current undergraduate students studying pharmacy at the University of Sunderland who face serious financial challenges which impact upon their academic potential

Contact:
Paul Carter, Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Hope Winch Society: paul.carter@sunderland.ac.uk

Further details:
For further information and to download the application form, visit the Development & Alumni Office website

The Robson Visual Arts Masters Award

What it is:
£2,000 financial assistance to help students complete their course

Who it's for:
Masters level students in Glass, Ceramics, Photography, Curating or Fine Art. Students must have a firm offer and meet specific scholarship criteria.

Contact:
Development Office Team - development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

Further details:
For further information and to download the application form, visit the Development & Alumni Office website

The Mike Davies Scholarship for Innovation

What it is:
£1,000

Who it's for:
Students studying BA Glass and Ceramics (stage 2 and 3), MA Glass, MA Ceramics, PhD Glass and Ceramics. Awarded to allow students to undertake a project or opportunity that will lead to innovative uses of glass or ceramics for creative use.

Contact:
Development Office Team - development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

Further details:
For further information and to download the application form, visit the Development & Alumni Office website

Student Achievement Reward (StAR) Bursaries

What it is:
£1,000

Who it's for:
Engineering students from the North East

Contact:
Faculty Marketing Team: faculty.marketing@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2710

Further details:
Student Achievement Rewards guidance notes (.pdf)

Government grants

The Government offers several grants that don’t need to be paid back to help with the costs of Higher Education.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

What it is:
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you can get a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) to help pay for any equipment and support you need

Who it's for:
Full-time/part-time undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible for DSAs on top of any other loans, grants and bursaries

Further details:
For further information and details on how to apply, visit Gov.uk

Childcare Grant

What it is:
Help with your learning costs

Who it's for:
Full-time students with children in registered or approved childcare can apply for a Childcare Grant to help with these costs in term time and holidays

Further details:
For further information and details on how to apply, visit Gov.uk