UCL announces £10k Master’s alumni bursary for students from low-income backgrounds

It aims to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to continue with their studies

UCL announced the Master’s Alumni Bursary (MAB) for current or former UCL students looking to pursue a masters at UCL in 2021.

The MAB will provide 100 UCL alumni with £10,000 to cover the cost of tuition. Any funds that remain may then be allocated towards maintenance costs.

The aim of the scheme is: “to support UK alumni from low-income backgrounds to continue to postgraduate study at the university.”

To be eligible, candidates must be:

• Residents in the UK and eligible to pay Home fee rate;

• Have successfully completed or be currently completing undergraduate studies at UCL;

• Be, or have been, in receipt of a UCL Undergraduate Bursary (or a preceding equivalent award) during undergraduate studies;

• Hold an offer to study a full-time Master’s degree at UCL in 2021/22.

The bursary is tenable for one year only. It will be awarded on the basis of financial need and upon the recommendation of the Student Funding Office. The MAB may also be held alongside other scholarships, studentships, awards, or bursaries although the amount awarded may vary depending on the value of the additional support received by the student.

Professor Anthony Smith, UCL Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) said:

“When we launched the UCL Access Bursary for UK undergraduate students from low-income backgrounds, the aim was to support them to succeed in their studies by relieving some of the burden of ongoing financial concerns. By launching the Masters Alumni Bursary, we hope to encourage those same talented students to continue their studies with us and achieve further success at postgraduate level at UCL.”

The deadline to apply for the scheme is May 13 2021.

More information about the bursary can be found here.