We have many scholarships and bursaries available for both applicants and current students. Read below to find out more.

Scholarships and Bursaries

International Scholarships - undergraduate and postgraduate students

We are delighted to launch a new scholarship programme for international students in 2016. These scholarships will go to the value of 50% of tuition costs for the first year of undergraduate studies, and 50% of the tuition fee for the first year of postgraduate studies.

Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, and all international applicants with an unconditional offer who have accepted their place are eligible to apply. 

Please note that 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.

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Terms and conditions

Cumbria Bursaries - first year undergraduate students

About Cumbria Bursaries

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

Our own Cumbria Bursary is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. These are non-repayable bursaries that will be allocated after 31st August 2016 (Successful candidates will be notified in September).

This academic year we have up to 240 full-time awards available, worth £3000 in total (£1000 per year for a maximum of 3 years), and a further 50 awards for courses with integrated foundation years worth £4000 (£1000 a year for up to 4 years). In addition, we also have up to 21 part-time awards available worth £1500 over the first three years. Under this bursary, students must be studying at least 50% of the time and are registered on a minimum three year award.

All bursaries are subject 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. Students outside England may have their award subject to Government guidance and regulations.  Find out if you’re eligible or get further details before applying.

Part time students can click here for an application form. Full-time bursaries are not dependent on an application process. 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.

Eligibility criteria

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.

Progression Award - first year undergraduate students from partner colleges

If you’re a student of any of the following colleges, you might be eligible for one of our Progression Awards offered to those applying to the University immediately after Further Education:

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

We grant 8 Progression Awards, one per college.

These awards are worth £1500 a year (£500 for a maximum of three years), and are non-repayable grants paid directly to your bank account. The Progression Award may be stacked with a Cumbria Bursary if a recipient is eligible and ranked to receive both awards.

We allocate these awards to eligible students who are drawn from UCAS and Student Finance England application data. These are ranked according to points based against the prioritisation criteria bleow. If you're eligible, be sure to complete your funding application before 1st September 2016.

Please note: If you have not been notified of being allocated an award by the end of September 2016, then unfortunately you have not been allocated a 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.

 

Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS) - Armed forces personnel

About the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

We are proud to be a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme. ELCAS is a scheme run by the Ministry of Defence to provide financial support to Armed Forces personnel (both serving and service leavers) to study a course at university. The course should lead to a qualification at Level 3 (i.e. A-Level or equivalent) and higher, including degree level and beyond. You are expected to study a course which is of direct benefit to the service, as well as your own personal and professional development.

Providing that you meet the ELCAS criteria, you can apply for the following:

  • 80% of your tuition fees up to £1,000 per year for up to three years - if you have four or more years eligible service
  • 80% of your tuition fees up to £2,000 per year for up to three years - if you have eight or more years eligible service

You will be expected to contribute 20% towards your tuition fees which you can pay either in full or in instalments. The grant from ELCAS will be paid direct to the University of Cumbria on your behalf.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested in applying for the ELCAS scheme, then visit their website to find out if you match their criteria. Those who do should submit their application at least 5 weeks before the start of their course. Our Learning Provider’s Reference number is 3046-be sure to include this on your application to study at the University of Cumbria.

The ELCAS website has all the forms and details you need to submit your application, so if you think you might qualify, it’s worth having a look.

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Further information

If you’re not quite sure whether this scheme is right for you, then please contact one of our Student Development Advisers to get more information.

To find out which courses lead to a degree qualification or higher, please check our courses pages for all the information you need to decide which course is right for you.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries - postgraduate students

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.

TEOS International Bursaries - postgraduate international students

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 campus in Ambleside, 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 

Terms and conditions

Applicants must hold an offer of a place to 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 the remaining tuition fee balance and living costs, as per Home Office requirements, for one academic year in the UK. The tuition fee balance is due when the first payment is collected in year one.
  5. Bursary applicants must complete the application form and submit an essay as outlined below.
    The closing date for applications is 5:00pm (GMT) Friday 10 June 2016; scholarship applications received after this date will not be considered.
  6. Applications should be submitted by email to scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk
  7. 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.
  8. 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 by the end of June.
  9. The decision of the Scholarship Award Panel is final - the university will not provide feedback or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful candidates regarding its decision.
  10. Successful scholarship applicants must meet any outstanding conditions (i.e. tuition fee deposit / passport photocopy) by 5.00pm (GMT) on 5 August 2016 to receive the scholarship.
  11. Scholarships can only be taken for the academic year 2016-17 and may not be deferred to any other period.
  12. Unsuccessful candidates for the TEOS scholarship will automatically be considered for a general international postgraduate scholarship.
  13. 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).
  14. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants in receipt of a scholarship from any other source. 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

The award

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