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Scholarships and bursaries

We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available for our students, including:

Cumbria Bursaries

This award is for students starting study in the 2016/17 academic year.

The University supports applications from all sections of the community and offers financial aid through the Cumbria Bursary which is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. The bursaries are non-repayable and will be allocated after 31 August 2016. Students will be told if they have been allocated a bursary in September 2016.

In 2016/17 we have up to 240 full-time Cumbria Bursary awards worth £3,000 in total - £1,000 per year for a maximum of three years and a further 50 full-time Bursary awards for courses with integrated foundation years worth £4,000 in total - £1,000 per year for a maximum of four years. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England may be subject to Government guidance and regulations. There is no application process for the full-time Cumbria Bursary.

We also offer up to have 21 part-time Cumbria Bursary awards (worth £1,500 in total over the first three years of the course - £500 cash in each year). Recipients must be studying at least 50% and registered on a minimum three year award. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England may be subject to Government guidance and regulations. If you are a part-time student wishing to apply for a Cumbria Bursary NSP award application forms are available to download here.

Awards will be allocated according to specific criteria. Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the prioritisation criteria.

Please note it is important that you apply for income assessed student finance as early as possible and consent to share your financial information with us via your student funding body (i.e. Student Finance England) application.

What are the eligibility criteria for the Cumbria Bursary?

Declared household residual income is £25,000 or less (verified by the Student Loans Company)

*please note: you must have applied to the Student Loans Company for income-assessed student finance*

  • Student's fee is neither paid nor part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.
  • Student is not NHS funded.
  • Student is a new entrant to Higher Education (ie they do not have an existing HE qualification).
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate initial teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status.
  • Student is not directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree).
  • Student is not transferring in from another institution.
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate qualification.
  • Student has confirmed the University of Cumbria as their first choice.

Prioritisation criteria

Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the following prioritisation criteria:

  • You have left Local Authority Care
  • Your household income
  • You are from an area where not many people go into Higher Education
  • You have declared a disability to us.

Frequently asked questions

What are the Cumbria Bursaries worth?
For a student studying a three year degree the cash bursaries are worth £1,000 in each year of your course, up to a total £3,000. For students studying a degree course with an integrated foundation year the bursary is worth £1,000 in each year of your course up to a total of £4,000.

How will I be notified I have been allocated a Cumbria Bursary and when are they paid?

Students who are successful in receiving a Cumbria Bursary will generally be notified in mid-September. The only exceptions are Scottish and EU students who may receive a later notification due to the timing of receiving relevant financial details from the relevant funding bodies. The Cumbria Bursary is paid in two lump sums each  year, 25% in December and 75% in the following August.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact a Student Development Adviser in LiSS.

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

The decision made by the panel is final, so unfortunately we cannot accept any appeals. It is therefore important that you provide all information requested at the time of application.

Please note: New full-time students who have been allocated a Cumbria Bursary will receive an advisory email by the end of September 2016. If you do not receive an email during this time scale then unfortunately you have not been allocated a Cumbria Bursary.

If you would like more information and advice on money matters (e.g. budgeting) please visit the Money Doctors page.

Progression Awards

The University offers 8 Progression Awards to new undergraduate students who apply to the University immediately after completing courses at the following Further Education Colleges:

  • Carlisle College
  • Kendal College
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College
  • Northumbria College
  • Newton Rigg (Askham Bryan) College
  • Furness College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria
  • Blackburn College

One Progression Award is granted per College.

These awards are worth £1500 a year - £500 for a maximum of three years. Awards are non-repayable grants paid in cash directly into the recipients’ bank account. The Progression Award may be stacked with a Cumbria Bursary if a recipient is eligible and ranked to receive both awards.

Progression Awards are allocated, there is no application process. Eligibility and prioritisation criteria are drawn from the UCAS and Student Finance England application data for all eligible students who have completed their funding application before September 1 2016. Each eligible student is ranked according to points scored against the prioritisation criteria.

Progression Award eligibility criteria

  • Progressed to the University of Cumbria from one of the designated Further Education Partner Colleges.
  • Student Finance England assessed household residual income is £25,000 or less  *please note: you must have applied to the Student Finance England for income-assessed student finance which has been completed before 1 September*
  • Student's fee is neither paid nor part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.
  • Student is not NHS funded.
  • Student is a new entrant to Higher Education (ie they do not have an existing HE qualification).
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate initial teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status.
  • Student is not directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree).
  • Student is not transferring in from another institution.
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate qualification.
  • Student has confirmed the University of Cumbria as their first choice.

Prioritisation criteria

Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the following prioritisation criteria:

  • You have left Local Authority Care
  • Your household income
  • You are from an area where not many people go into Higher Education
  • You have declared a disability to us.

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

The decision on granting Progression Awards made by the panel is final, so unfortunately we cannot accept any appeals. It is therefore important that you provide all information required for your Student Funding application to your funding body no later than mid-June.

Please note: New full-time students who have been allocated a Progression Award will receive an advisory email by the end of September 2016. If you do not receive an email during this time scale then unfortunately you have not been allocated a Progression Award.

University of Cumbria International Scholarships

The University of Cumbria is delighted to announce the launch of a new international scholarship programme for 2016 entrants.

We have a number of scholarships available;

  • For Undergraduates to the value of 50% of tuition fee costs for the first year
  • For Postgraduates on one-year programmes to the value of 50% of the full tuition fee
  • For Postgraduates on longer programmes, 50% of the first year's fees

Scholarships will be awarded on a merit basis for outstanding academic achievement, assessed in accordance with the International Scholarships Terms and Conditions.

University of Cumbria international applicants, who hold an unconditional offer and have accepted their place, are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Please read the terms and conditions carefully and complete the International Scholarship Application form.

Most courses in: business, creative arts, law, science, English, TESOL, sport, outdoor and social sciences participate in the scholarship programme. Scholarships are not available for NHS-funded courses (Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work etc) or for degrees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

To check whether or not your course participates in the scholarship programme, please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk

TEOS International Bursaries

The University of Cumbria has two £1,800 bursaries available for international students, from outside Europe, to study the MA Transcultural European Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria and its partner institutions in Norway and Germany.

Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on the MA TEOS beginning at the University of Cumbria in September 2016. The tuition fee in year one will be discounted by £1,800 for each student awarded a bursary.

How to apply for the bursary

To apply for the bursary, please submit a 1,000 word essay describing a changing landscape in your current country of residence to scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk. Reflect on the local, national and global influences that are considered responsible for the changes you observe. Photographs or videos of the chosen landscape are welcome as part of the submission but do not affect the recommended word count.

Applications for the TEOS international bursaries are open until 10 June 2016 and will be open to anyone who has been offered a place on the programme. It is possible the programme will be offering further bursaries including some from the European Erasmus Mundus programme. These will be announced in July 2016.

About the course ►

The MA Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS) is entering its sixth year attracting students from all over the world to study at three universities providing specialist postgraduate courses in outdoor education. The partners are the University of Cumbria at its national park based Ambleside campus, The Norwegian School of Sport Science in Oslo and Marburg University in Germany. The two-year full time programme examines what can be learned about human nature relations in each country and how this and the experience of the journey in these landscapes are understood and practiced as educational experiences.

The course is suitable for students interested in cultural studies, human nature relations, tourism or outdoor recreation and education. Graduates have found careers in education, therapy, higher education, sports administration, tourism, environmental and social NGO’s, etc. A number have become pioneers in their own countries whilst others are establishing their own outdoor businesses and projects.

For more information: chris.loynes@cumbria.ac.uk

Download the application form ►

Read the terms and conditions ►

Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on the MA TEOS beginning at the University of Cumbria in September 2016. The bursary is awarded for fees charged by the University of Cumbria in the first year of the programme only. The tuition fee in year one will be discounted by £1,800 for each student awarded a bursary.

  1. All scholarship applicants/recipients must be self-funding students with overseas fee status.
  2. Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for their place of study and must have accepted their offer.
  3. Applicants must have no outstanding offer conditions attached to their place of study except for the tuition fee deposit and passport photocopy.
  4. All scholarship applicants/recipients must provide evidence of funds to cover remaining tuition fee balance and living costs, as per Home Office requirements, for one academic year in the UK.
  5. The balance of tuition fee is due when the first payment is collected in year 1.
  6. Bursary applicants must complete the application form and submit an essay as outlined below.
  7. The closing date for applications is 5:00pm (GMT) Friday 10 June 2016; scholarship applications received after this date will not be considered.
  8. Applications should be submitted by email to scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk
  9. Scholarship applications will be considered and assessed by a Scholarship Award Panel. The Panel may take into account the following aspects: academic performance, merit of personal statement, and the short essay.
  10. The Scholarship Award Panel's decision will be finalised during the month of June 2016 and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by email from by the end of June.
  11. The decision of the Scholarship Award Panel is final - the university will not provide feedback or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful candidates regarding their decision.
  12. Successful scholarship applicants must meet any outstanding conditions (i.e. tuition fee deposit / passport photocopy) by 5.00pm (GMT) on 5th August 2016 to receive the scholarship.
  13. Scholarships can only be taken for the academic year 2016-17 and may not be deferred to any other period.
  14. Unsuccessful candidates for the TEOS scholarship will automatically be considered for a general international postgraduate scholarship.
  15. Successful candidates can still apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship if these are made available; however, if the candidate is successful then the UoC scholarship will be withdrawn and offered to another candidate (see 16 below).
  16. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants in receipt of a scholarship from any other source.
  17. By accepting the scholarship, It is expected that scholars will assist the university with internationalisation events and provide a photograph and statement to be included in our publicity
  18. Courses which are eligible for scholarship awards are in the following areas of study: creative arts, business, law, science, TESOL, literature, sports, outdoor and social sciences. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check that their chosen course is eligible for scholarship applications before an application is submitted (please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk if you require clarification)

Essay title

Describe a changing landscape in your current country of residence. Reflect on the local, national and global influences that are considered responsible for the changes you observe. Photographs or videos of the chosen landscape are welcome as part of the submission but do not affect the recommended word count of 1000 words.

The Award

  1. The bursaries will not be paid in cash. Bursaries will be deducted from the first year's tuition fees on registration at the University of Cumbria.
  2. Bursary recipients will be asked to provide a case study which may be used in university publications or on the website.
  3. This award cannot be held in conjunction with any other university awards or discounts.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.