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 Who it's for
Essex First Bursary UK and EU students who chose Essex as their firm choice with UCAS by 4 May 2016
University of Essex Bursary UK students from low income households
International Experience Bursary UK students from low income households
International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship Students with excellent International Baccalaureate results
Sports scholarships and bursaries Outstanding athletes
Care Leaver's Bursary Students with UK care leaver status
Refugee Bursary Students with UK refugee status, or who are dependants of UK refugees
Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship International students
Bulgarian Partnership Bursary Bulgarian resident students
Croatian Partnership Bursary Croatian resident students
Cypriot Partnership Bursary Cypriot resident students
French Partnership Bursary French resident students
German Partnership Bursary German resident students
Greek Partnership Bursary Greek resident students
Lithuanian Partnership Bursary Lithuanian resident students
Polish Partnership Bursary Polish resident students
Romanian Partnership Bursary Romanian resident students
European Partnership Bursary Resident students of EU countries other than those listed above
Tinson Scholarship Students from the former Soviet Bloc in our School of Law
Norwegian Merit Scholarship High achieving students from Norway

Scholarships from other organisations

Scholarship or bursary name Who it's for
Helena Kennedy Foundation Scholarship (external site) Students experiencing barriers to continuing their education and severe financial hardship

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.

  • NHS and East of England Strategic Health Authority funding

    NHS bursaries

    If you're eligible for NHS funding and have a place on our nursing (adult and mental health), occupational therapy or physiotherapy courses then you will usually have your tuition fees paid in full and may also receive financial support from an NHS bursary.

    Undergraduates are also eligible to apply for a reduced rate maintenance loan from Student Finance. Postgraduates are not eligible for any Student Finance support.

    East of England Strategic Health Authority funding

    Tuition fee funding and living cost allowances for certain biomedical science and Health and Human Sciences courses are available from the East of England Strategy Health Authority.

    If you're eligible then you'll receive details of this funding automatically from your department. You don't have to apply for it.

  • US student loans

    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.