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Scholarships available to postgraduate students

As the cost of living is increasing, we understand how expensive postgraduate study can be right now. We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that are available to postgraduate students, from tuition fee discounts to subject-specific cash scholarships to support your learning.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme 2022/23

What it is:
20% waiver on the full cost of course fees to reward loyal alumni who return to study a postgraduate degree at the University.

Who it's for:
Alumni (graduates of the University) who enrol on a full or part-time postgraduate course (MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil, PhD, DProf, DBA, EdD, or PhD by Existing or Creative Works) delivered at either of our Sunderland campuses starting between August 2022 to 31 July 2023.

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

Further details: Alumni Loyalty Scheme 2022/23 guidance notes (.pdf)

Skills Boost North East Discount 2022/23

What it is:
20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters programmes of study MA, MSc, LLM, MBA.

Who it's for:
Any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. Anyone who has graduated with an undergraduate degree from any university in the North East region in academic year 2019/20, 2020/21 or 2021/22 and has been unable to secure full-time graduate employment due to pressures of Covid-19. Anyone who has been self-employed or has been a small business owner, whose business has been severely impacted due to Covid-19 pressures. 

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

Further details: Skills Boost North East Discount guidance notes 2022/23 (.pdf)

International Scholarship 2022/23

What it is:
£1,400 tuition fee reduction (undergraduates) or £900 tuition fee reduction (postgraduates).

Who it's for:
All international students studying on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate courses excluding preparation courses such as foundation courses, EAP or pre masters.

Which intakes:
Students starting with us in September, October, November 2022, January, February, April, June 2023.

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

We Care Bursary 2023/24

What it is:
£2,000 cash bursary for each year of study (excluding placement year) for care-experienced or estranged students.

Who it's for:
For UK home students studying a full-time undergraduate or a full-time taught postgraduate course. Please note this bursary is available to estranged students under the age of 25 on 1 September 2023, and care-experienced students of all ages. 

Contact: care.contact@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 2216

Further details: We Care Bursary 2023/24 guidance notes (.pdf)

The Robson Art and Design Masters Award

What it is:
£1,000 financial assistance to help students complete their course.

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

Contact: development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

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

The Mike Davies Innovation Scholarship

What it is:
Two £1,000 scholarships.

Who it's for:
Students studying BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics (stage 2), BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics (Stage 3), MA Visual Arts, MA Glass and 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@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

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

The Richard Lynn Studham Scholarship

What it is:
An annual scholarship of £2,000.

Who it's for:

Full-time/part-time Home/EU/OS students studying at Sunderland Campus. Applications must be received by 9 September 2022.

For further information, or for an informal discussion please contact Rob Winter, Senior Lecturer in Ceramics.

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

AI and Data Science Scholarship 2022/23

What it is:
Four £10,000 scholarships from the Office for Students for new students studying in September 2022. Students who successfully apply for a scholarship will receive £10,000 to help towards the cost of tuition fees, living costs and other associated costs.

Who it's for:
This scholarship is aimed at increasing the number of people from groups currently underrepresented in the AI and data science fields, and to encourage graduates from diverse backgrounds to consider a future in these occupations. The scholarship is for new students studying MSc Applied Data Science in September 2022.

Applications must be submitted to via E:Vision by noon on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

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

Further details: OfS Scholarship for PG AI and Data Science guidance notes 2022/23 (.pdf)

Aziz Foundation Scholarship 2022/23

What is it:
Full tuition fee scholarship plus extra benefits from the Aziz Foundation.

Who it’s for:
British Muslims studying eligible Masters level programmes who wish to advance in their careers and bring positive change to their communities and beyond. Please note that this scholarship is awarded by the Aziz Foundation, not the University of Sunderland.

Further details: Applications should be made online, via a portal on the Aziz Foundation website. View the list of eligible courses and read the Aziz Foundation Scholarship guidance notes 2022/23 (.pdf).

Futures Fund Student Opportunity Scholarship

What it is:
Up to £750

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

Contact: development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

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

The Silver Fund

What it is:
Up to £2,500

Who it's for:
Staff or students studying at the University of Sunderland which directly enhances and enriches the student experience at the University above and beyond business as usual.

Contact: development.office@sunderland.ac.uk / 0191 515 3664

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