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Scholarships and bursaries you need to apply for

You need to apply for these scholarships and bursaries.

University of Sunderland Scholarships 2023/24

Through our scholarships we recognise and reward the academic achievements of students applying to our undergraduate courses.

In academic 2023/24, we will award up to 130 scholarships to those students demonstrating the greatest increase in academic achievement between their GCSE and Level 3 qualification results.

We award our scholarships in the form of credit to spend on essential study materials and resources, through the StudyPlus online store. We also offer an element of cash, to help with other living costs associated with student life.

Further details: University of Sunderland Scholarship 2023/24 guidance notes (.pdf)

University of Sunderland Bursaries 2023/24

We offer generous bursaries to Home, fee-paying, full-time undergraduate students, who are studying eligible courses. These bursaries prioritise students from groups under-represented in higher education including: Gypsies, Travellers, Roma, Showmen and Boaters; asylum seekers and refugees; carers; students from lower income households; and mature students.

Bursaries are awarded in the form of credit to spend on essential study materials and resources through the StudyPlus online store. Some bursaries also offer a small element of cash, to help with other living costs associated with student life.

Further details: University of Sunderland Bursaries 2023/24 guidance notes (.pdf)

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)

Helen McArdle Nursing Scholarship September intake 2023/24

What it is:
A £1,200 cash scholarship per academic year (up to a maximum of £3,600) for students studying a three-year University of Sunderland nursing course. There are two scholarships available.

Who it's for:
Home students studying full-time, on-campus, nursing courses, who have worked for Helen McArdle Care (or their family members have) or who meet additional eligibility criteria.

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

Further details: Helen McArdle Nursing Scholarship Sep 2023 entry 2023/24 guidance notes (.pdf)

View the Helen McArdle scholarship privacy policy.

The Glenda Young Creative Writing Bursary 2023/24

What it is:
A £2,000 cash bursary.

Who it's for:
Full-time home students, living in the north-east region, studying BA (Hons) English: Creative and Professional Writing and who meet at least one of the widening participation awarding criteria. There is one bursary award available.

Contact: development.office@sunderland.ac.uk

Further details: Glenda Young Creative Writing Award guidance notes 2023/24 (.pdf)

St Nicholas’ Educational Trust Scholarship 2023/24

What it is:
A £2,500 cash bursary per academic year.

Who it's for:
Full-time home undergraduate students, living within the boundaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, who have an annual household income of £47,500 or less. There are two scholarship awards available.

Contact: development.office@sunderland.ac.uk

Further details: St Nicholas Education Trust Scholarship guidance notes (.pdf)

North East Postgraduate Discount 2023/24

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

Who it's for:
The North East Postgraduate Discount aims to support the north-east region in its response to the current cost-of-living challenges through the provision of affordable opportunities for individuals to upskill and boost their career opportunities. The discount is for students impacted by cost-of-living challenges who have a local connection to the north-east region.  This includes anyone who has graduated with an undergraduate degree from any university in the north-east in academic years 2020/21, 2021/22, or 2022/23.

Further details: North East Postgraduate Discount guidance notes 2023/24 (.pdf)

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

Aziz Foundation Scholarship 2023/24

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 additional information 2023/24 (.pdf).

Robson Art and Design Scholarship 2023/24

What it is:
£1,000 cash scholarship in Year 1 of study.

Who it's for:
Full-time home students studying Art and Design courses who show passion and promise in the field and meet at least one of the widening participation awarding criteria. There are three scholarships available.

Contact: development.office@sunderland.ac.uk

Further details: Sunderland Robson Art Design Scholarship 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.

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 visit gov.uk.