Funding and Scholarships
When applying for a course or module you will be asked to specify how it will
be funded. The University of Essex offers a range of advice and information in
relation to student finances, including sources for funding and scholarships on
the webpage below: http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/
There are also a number of other ways in which you can obtain funding for your
studies here in the School of Health and Human Sciences.
In the first instance you need to consider what are you aiming to achieve
as an outcome from your study as this may affect which would be the best place
to seek funding.
The Canadian Memorial Foundation is offering scholarships in memory of the
one million Canadians who served with Great Britain during the First and Second
World Wars. The awards are intended for persons of high academic promise and
leadership potential who will play a full part in the life of the Canadian
community which they visit and who will return to contribute fully to UK
society. The ACU administers the awards on behalf of the Canada Memorial
These awards are offered for postgraduate study leading to a university
For further details on this, please go to:
Are you looking to undertake a course leading to recognition or registration as
a health professional, (for example nurse, physiotherapist, clinical
Commissioning bodies for the NHS fund a number of places (for EU and UK
citizens) on such courses by providing payment of
tuition fees and may also provide access to a bursary, (to help pay for living
The link below gives you further information on careers in the NHS and potential
funding arrangements. (Click on the career you are interested in by searching
through the career A-Z.): http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/
Further information on fees can be found
To apply for an NHS bursary you will need to visit the link below, they can
also give you further information on how particular circumstances may affect the
grants available to you: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students.
The current rules and regulations for the NHS bursary has changed for those
students entering a medically related degree in 2012. There is now a
£1000 Grant, up to £4395 Means Tested Bursary and
£2324 repayable Student Loan - these figures are all dependant
on your personal circumstances. For full information, please go the NHS Bursary
For such courses you can find out further information on funding arrangements by
contacting the relevant administration team or programme leader.
Take a look on our website to find out more about our pre-registration
training and contact information. http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/prospective/what_we_do.aspx
Margaret Parkinson Scholarships
from the RCN Foundation. These scholarships are aimed at graduates who
would like to take up nurse training in 2012 but could do with some extra
financial support. I have attached a flyer and a copy of the application form.
The closing date for applications is 1 December 2011. This date
enables us to make the award presentations at the annual RCN Congress in
Please can I stress that these
scholarships are not available for students who have already started their
nursing studies and that the closing date is strictly 1st December 2011.
Please note: MSc Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
for International Students
We are currently looking at opening our applications for MSc Physiotherapy
and Occupational Therapy to self-funding international students.
If you are an international student (not EU or UK) please contact us directly
for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Professional Development
Once you have qualified as a health care professional it is expected by most
employers, employees and professional bodies that you will continue to develop
your knowledge, expertise, responsibilities and career in your chosen field. We
offer a range of continuing professional development (CPD) courses to help you
develop and provide evidence of your learning. To find out more about the
courses we offer go to: http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/prospective/cpd_default.aspx
If you are undertaking a CPD module or pathway there are a number of sources
to consider for funding:
Some funding for courses related to professional development may be made
available through your employer.
It is common place and good practice to have a regular review of your progress
through appraisal or personal development reviews with your employer. This is usually an ideal opportunity to identify areas for development
and discuss actions that will enable you to achieve your goals. We therefore recommend that you utilise this time to discuss and identify
potential courses that will aid you in your professional development.
If you are working in the NHS you may find the link below helpful to
understand how the Knowledge Skills Framework can impact and structure your
appraisals, career and professional development:
Many of our CPD programmes are offered on a modular basis (i.e. individual units
of learning that can either be taken as standalone courses or can build into a
larger programme). It may be that your employer will offer funding for some but not all of your intended
programme; you will need to discuss this with them so that you can identify
alternative sources of funding if you are planning to complete a whole
Your line manager should be able to advise you how to apply for funding (if it
is available) through your employer.
The education lead within your organisation should also be able to give you
further information on what funding is available.
Professional Organisation Funding
Some of the health professional bodies have specific and special access to
sources of funding for professional development. It is worthwhile checking out your professional body information pages to
see if there are particular scholarships, grants or bursaries available to you
as a health professional working in a specific field.
Be sure to check not just the professional regulatory body for information
but also relevant unions, chartered societies, royal colleges and charitable
organisations related to your field of work. Here are a few examples:
As noted above there may be some charitable organisations specifically set up
to support a particular professional group. However there are also a wide range
of charities that may offer some funding for further research or training in
relation to a particular field or service user population. Here are a few
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Public Health or Health Studies Research
You can also visit the link below to search for funding opportunities.
Although many of these will be specifically for funding research there are some training grants/ bursaries available.
Use the ‘funding by type’ search facility and be sure to check out the eligibility criteria before applying.
A word of caution…
We (the University of Essex) do not have control over who is awarded funding by the above organisations (employers,
professional bodies, charitable organisations).Make sure when applying that you fulfil their eligibility criteria and
follow the instructions and advice they give to ensure you have the best chance of getting funding.
Although we hope this never happens, you should also discuss with your sponsor what would happen if you failed or had to
leave the course. It maybe that they have specific expectations, limitations or requirements that may affect whether they
will continue to fund your studies. Be sure to establish what these are at the outset and
discuss with them any changes to circumstances that may affect your funding.
In our experience we have found they have a vested interest in your success, so are keen to support you in your studies.
An open dialogue about any difficulties you may be having in completing the course to the level required is best done early
so that further support can be put in place in time to allow you to achieve your goals.
You can also self fund your course. When self-funding you will also need to consider the costs that may be incurred by travelling to taught sessions,
parking, printing, book/ journal purchase, IT and subsistence during your study time. Depending on the type and requirements
of the course you are studying, your opportunities for paid work may be reduced. The University of Essex careers centre
offers advice on work during your studies and also has details of job vacancies.
You may also be eligible for a career development loan or maybe able to make
finance arrangements through your bank or building society. Further information
on sources for professional and career development loans is available at:
Postgraduate Research and Doctoral Funding and Scholarships
The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) produced a top-ten ranking for the quality of the University’s research.
The School specialises in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses issues of national and international concern
to health policy and practice and related fields.
Funding for research can be found through a variety of routes.
For further information on particular scholarship and studentship schemes we offer for our students, please take a
look at the link below: http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/prospective/scholarships_research.aspx
You can also search for funding opportunities through the database RDfunding
Certain professional groups, charities and organizations offer funding for
research in particular fields or subject areas, here is an example.
Be sure to check out opportunities for funding in your particular area of
interest by also searching websites and journals.
The Research and Enterprise Office here at the University of Essex can also provide assistance with research grant applications
from the initial idea through to managing the award once it is made. We help to foster mutually beneficial relationships with
companies and other external organisations (
http://www.essex.ac.uk/reo/business_and_public_sector/) wanting to tap into the University’s expertise.
The office also helps promote entrepreneurship and innovation among the University’s students and staff
The East of England Research Design Service can also offer advice and support
for health and social care research. They are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of
a network of regional Research Design Services (http://www.ccf.nihr.ac.uk/Pages/RDSMap.aspx) in England which provide assistance to turn innovative ideas into strong
research proposals to attract funding. Visit their website for more details of their work and how to contact
Further information about Scholarships that are available for Postgraduate
study can be found
Alumni Loyalty Discount
The University of Essex is proud to now offer its graduates a ten per cent discount on the first year of their tuition
fee for postgraduate study.
Rated ninth nationally for research excellence in the last Research Assessment
Exercise (December 2008), Essex is a great choice for postgraduate study. If you
enjoyed your undergraduate studies here, then why not undertake a postgraduate
Our Alumni Loyalty Discount is awarded to holders of a University of Essex
Bachelors degree. You must be registering for your first postgraduate study
period at Essex, following completion of your Bachelors, whether it is a taught
course or a research degree. Our Alumni Loyalty Discount is only available for
the first year of your study and if you are wholly self funding your tuition
fee. Further information, including terms and conditions, is at:
Support in difficult times:
As a student at the University of Essex you can also access Student Support
Services. They will be able to advise you if you are struggling with your finances during your studies and you
may be eligible to apply for the Student Hardship fund.
Please take a look at the link below for further information:
However you are funded for your course the team in the School of Health and Human Sciences wish you every success and will give
you support to achieve your goals. Please speak to a member of staff if you find you need further advice or information
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