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Undergraduate scholarships and funding

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
Africa Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
Students from African nations
Americas Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For undergraduates from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Peru in their first year of study
Bahrain Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For undergraduates from Bahrain in their first year of study
Bulgarian Partnership Bursary 2020/21,
2021/22
Bulgarian resident students
Care Leaver's Bursary 2020/21,
2021/22
Students with UK care leaver status
Colchester Sixth Form Bursary 2020/21 Students applying for full-time study within specific departments and completing their studies at Colchester Sixth Form
Double Degree Law EU Scholarship 2021/22 Students from the EU who are classified as international fee paying students undertaking a Double-degree Law programme in academic year 2021/22
Essex Global Partner Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
International students studying at one of our global channel partners
Essex Pathways Bursary 2020-21 2020/21 For students who achieve a 1st or 2.1 degree in year 0 and progress to year 1 at the University of Essex.
Essex Santander Access Bursary 2020/21 Students who are from a Schools Membership Plus School or college, or have participated in the Aspire Higher project
EU Scholarship 2021/22 Students from the EU who are classified as international fee paying students in academic year 2021/22
Hong Kong Academic Excellence Scholarship 2021/22 For undergraduate students from Hong Kong in their first year of study
Hong Kong Scholarship 2020/21 For undergraduate students from Hong Kong in their first year of study
Iran Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For undergraduates from Iran in their first year of study
Indian sub-continent Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For undergraduates from India, Bangladesh or Pakistan in their first year of study
Indonesian Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For undergraduates from Indonesia in their first year of study
International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
Students with excellent International Baccalaureate results
International Experience Bursary 2020/21 UK students from low income households
Jordan Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For undergraduates from Jordan in their first year of study
Lebanon Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For undergraduates from Lebanon in their first year of study
Mauritius Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For undergraduate students from Mauritius
Non-European Union Europe Regional Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For Undergraduate students from specified European countries that are not members of the European Union, in their first year of study
On track at Essex bursary 2020-21 2020/21 The University is offering a £500 cash bursary to support students progressing into higher education following the global pandemic.
Refugee Bursary 2020/21,
2021/22
Students with UK refugee status, or who are dependants of UK refugees
Romanian Partnership Bursary 2020/21,
2021/22
Romanian resident students
Schools Membership Plus (SMP) Bursary 2020/21 For undergraduate students from SMP schools and colleges
Sports scholarships and bursaries 2020/21 Students with outstanding sporting ability
Tinson Scholarship 2020/21 Students from the former Soviet Bloc in our School of Law
UKT Law Scholarship 2020/21,
2021/22
For international undergraduate students studying at one of our global channel partners
UKT Law Premium Scholarship 2021/22 For international undergraduate students studying at one of our global channel partners
VI6 Bursary 2020/21 Students who have taken part in VI6 from a partner school and make University of Essex their firm choice by 19 July 2020

External Awards

Scholarship or bursary name Who it's for
WU Scholars (external site) Students holding an offer of an undergraduate place within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business/entrepreneurship
NHS Learning Support Fund Funding support to healthcare students starting their course in academic year 2020/21.

Other sources of funding

  • UK and EU students - students loans and benefits

    If you're a UK or EU student then you can get a tuition fee loan, so you don't have to pay your fees up front. You may also be eligible for maintenance loans and benefits.

  • 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.

  • 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!)

  • Students with children, carers and care leavers

    We provide information for parents, carers and care leavers, including additional sources of funding that you may be eligible for.

  • Hardship loans

    We and the Students' Union both offer hardship loans if you are experiencing financial difficulty.