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Masters scholarships and funding


You could be eligible to receive a postgraduate loan towards course fees and living costs.

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If you're an Essex graduate, you could be eligible for our alumni loyalty discount.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to make funding your studies easier. Our main awards are listed below and you can search our Scholarship Finder to see what else you might be eligible for.

Scholarship or bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship 2021-22 International students meeting high academic standards starting in January 2021 or October 2021
Africa Scholarship Programme 2021-22 Students from African nations
Americas Regional Scholarship 2021-22 Students from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Peru
Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting Scholarships 2020-21 Master students in our Department of Language and Linguistics
The Eleonore Koch Fund 2021-22 Students from Latin America to study MA in Art History and Theory in our School of Philosophy and Art History.
Essex Global Partner Scholarships 2021-22 Self-funded international Masters students studying at one of our global channel partners
The Essex MBA Dean's Award 2021-22 Self-funded students applying to the full-time and part-time MBA programme
The Essex MBA Early Bird Discount 2021-22 Self-funded students who, following successful application and interview, accept their offer to study by 31 May 2021 for October 2021 start
Essex Society for Family History Award 2021-22 Masters students in our Department of History
European (non-European Union) Regional Scholarship 2021-22 Self-funded European Masters students from non-EU countries
Friends of Historic Essex Fellowship 2021-22 Masters students in our Department of History
GREAT Scholarship 2021-22 For Masters students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand
GREAT - Scholarship for a Sustainable Future 2021-22 For Masters students from Egypt and Turkey studying in climate change related subjects
ITESM “Doble Grado” Tuition Fee Discount 2021-22 Self-funded international Masters students who have graduated from ITESM
ITESM Tuition Fee Discount 2021-22 Self-funded international Masters students who have graduated from ITESM
Latin American Scholarship (including the Caribbean) 2020-21 Students from Latin America or the Caribbean and studying for MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling or MA Translation and Professional Practice
Masters (PGT) EU Scholarship 2021-22 Students from the EU who are classified as international fee paying students in academic year 2021-22
Masters Excellence Scholarship 2021-22 Home students with a first class degree from a UK university
The Ronald J. Hill Fund 2021-22 Postgraduate students applying to the department of Government.
Schools Membership Plus Staff Discount 2021-22 For staff members of eligible SMP schools undertaking a full or part time postgraduate taught course.
Sports scholarships and bursaries 2020-21 Students with outstanding sporting ability
Tinson Scholarships 2021-22 Masters students from the former Soviet Bloc in our School of Law

Scholarships from other organisations

Scholarship or bursary name Who it's for
British Council Scholarships (external site) International students
Chevening Scholarships (external site) International students from eligible countries
Civil Society Leadership Award (external site) International students from eligible countries
Commonwealth Masters Scholarships (external site) International students from eligible countries
Marshall Scholarships (external site) US citizens
HESPAL Scholarships (external site) Palestinian Territories resident citizens
Said Foundation Scholarships (external site) International students from eligible countries
  • Aziz Foundation-University of Essex scholarships (external site)

  • Call for applications
  • Muslim students who are citizens of the United Kingdom

    Other sources of funding

    • Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

      Our University currently subscribes to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This independent guide to financing postgraduate study can be an invaluable tool to anyone considering study beyond undergraduate level. The Guide is free to use for our current and prospective students.

      You can access the resource using the following PIN: 2529.

    • International student funding sources

      There are country-specific funding opportunities, please see our country pages for more information.

      If you're a US student you could be eligible to take out a US direct loan.

    • Professional and Career Development Loans

      Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow £300 to £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work).

      The government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

      This loan is a commercial product and should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated.

      The government provides further information on Professional and Career Development Loans. For other advice regarding financial assistance or support you can also contact Careers Advice on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is: 2877.

      If you obtain a Career Development Loan to pay for your tuition fees but it isn't enough to cover them in full, you'll need to pay any shortfall yourself in three termly instalments.

      Please be advised that new loans are not being offered beginning 25/01/2019.

    • Graduate loans

      You might be able to apply for a graduate loan, either from your own or another high street bank. Make sure you compare the various packages on offer to find out which is best for you. A first step is to look online for sites which do this for you and then make an appointment to talk to the local branch of the banks which interest you. Don't be put off if you already have an existing overdraft. Many banks will now take on the responsibility of this is you are taking out a graduate loan.

    • Charitable trusts and grants

      Information about charities and trusts that offer awards and sponsorship to students and their application procedures can be found in the Educational Grants Directory and The Grants Register. Copies of these are available in our Albert Sloman Library, as well as in most public libraries.

      You can also try a grants search at Turn2us. Use the keyword "higher education" and then narrow your search by filling in other information about yourself.

      Many charities and trusts are only able to award a small number of grants each year, so competition can be fierce. To be in with the best chance of receiving an award it is a good idea to:

      • research charities and trusts carefully as they may have eligibility requirements (eg based on your area of residence, family background and subject area)
      • apply as soon as possible (many give deadlines for applications)

    • East 15 Acting School - charitable trusts and grants

      Funding for Acting and Drama courses can be limited and competition for grants is fierce, but it’s worth looking at the sources of funding above as well as these, which are aimed specifically at students in your field:

      For ideas of how to secure additional funding take a look at Damian Gaskin’s booklet ‘How to Raise £40,000 and train at Drama School’ (.pdf). (The author has asked you to bear in mind that this was written in 1996, well before all the fundraising advances that the internet and social media have given you and so needs to be read in that context. Please do not contact the author himself for sponsorship!)

      You can also take a look at Degrees For Free which has some useful and interesting ideas for fundraising and money-saving. (There is a book of the same name, but don’t feel compelled to buy it, the website is useful in its own right!)

    • Sponsorship

      Some companies offer to sponsor students and this is becoming an increasingly common source of funding in certain subject areas, primarily the sciences. Some firms will also consider finance-related disciplines such as accountancy and business studies.

      Financial assistance offered by a company will usually be accompanied by work experience which you might be asked to undertake during your holidays or after graduation.

      More information about sponsorship can be found in Sponsorship for Students published by Hobsons.

    • Financial Support for students in difficulty

      We and the Students' Union offer financial support if you are experiencing difficulty with your finances in the form of a bursaries, grants or loans depending on your situation. Have a look on our Financial Support page for more information.

    What our students say

    In this video our postgraduate students from around the world speak about the scholarships they have secured and how this support has helped them continue their studies.