School of Health and Social Care

Scholarships and funding

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Supporting your studies

We offer many opportunities to fund your studies, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships. We also offer a number of scholarships linked to our courses and our department.

NHS Learning Support Fund

Applications for the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF) open on 1 July 2020 for students undertaking an eligible healthcare course in autumn 2020. LSF is independent from all other student funding you may receive and needs to be applied for separately.

Learning Support Fund FAQ’s

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this funding you must:

  • Be applying for an eligible course in England
  • Still be enrolled and attending your course on 1 November 2020
  • Be able to prove your identity (photo ID) and residency status.

The Essex courses that meet the current eligibility criteria include Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Oral Health Science Occupational therapy, Speech and language therapy and Physiotherapy.

How much will I get?

The minimum amount you will receive is £5000 each academic year and you do not need to pay this back unless you withdraw from the course or have received an over payment. An additional payment of up to £3000 may be awarded to students who are focusing on a particular healthcare specialism or region that struggles to recruit, or who need assistance for childcare costs. You do not need to apply for a funding uplift on the basis of specialism or region as LSF will calculate this automatically depending on the information you provide when you make your application. If you intend on applying for support with childcare costs you must do this separately after you have completed your initial funding application.

When will I get paid?

Payments are broken down into three instalments. The first instalment will be paid in November 2020 after LSF have confirmation that you are still in attendance on 1 November 2020. All further payment schedules can be accessed on your online account.

How do I apply?

You can’t apply until 1 July 2020 but there are a few things you can do to prepare for your application to help things run as smoothly as possible. If you are intending to apply for a student loan and have not yet done so, do this immediately as you can use your award notice as evidence of your identity and residency status. If you are not intending on applying for a student loan, you will need to provide photo ID and proof of your residency status so it’s a good idea to start getting those documents together. You will not need to post your documents as the new LSF system allows you to upload your documents as images from your phone. 

On 1 July 2020 you should visit the LSF main web page to create an account. You will be issued with an activation code that is valid for 72 hours. If you do not activate your account in this time, your account will be suspended. 

Once you have created an account, you will be asked to create an ‘academic year’ where you will enter your course and university details. It is essential that you input the correct information as this will be used to verify your attendance. Incorrect information may result in delayed payments. 

Once you have submitted your application, you can track the progress and respond to any requests from LSF from your online account. 

Most questions can be answered by looking in the LSF handbook, but LSF advisers are typically available for live chat on Facebook and Twitter between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday to assist you.

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are sources of funding for students across all degrees and disciplines.


The University has a range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students, ensuring that we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances.

Alternatively search our scholarship finder to see the funding we have for you.


There are charities, trusts and other organisations that offer financial support and support-in-kind to students on both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught courses. These may change on a regular basis, so we recommend going directly to their websites.

If you are interested in training as a nurse, midwife or healthcare assistant, or are already working in one of these roles, you may be eligible for support through the RCN Foundation.

Short course to prepare you for academic success

We know that the disruption to your learning this year has had a significant impact, and we are dedicated to supporting you to success in your future learning. To help you prepare for university, we’ve developed an online, six-week course called the Pre-Undergraduate Short Course. It’s completely optional but if you complete it and enrol with us this year, you’ll be eligible for a £500 bursary.

Find out more information about the bursary

Postgraduate (taught) funding and scholarships 

Funding from the Student Loan Company

From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing and allied health professional students are able to access loans from the Student Loan Company. 

Courses which are eligible include

Students studying a pre-registration, postgraduate healthcare course which starts after 1 August 2018 can apply for the same package of support as undergraduate students. In other words, these students will be able to access loans to cover tuition fees of up to £9,250 per year (our course fee per year) and to support living costs.

Please note there will be eligibility criteria which must be met to receive this financial support. Students who are already registered in nursing, midwifery, or an allied health profession will not be eligible for support for a second full-time or part-time pre-registration course, or a second full-time postgraduate pre-registration course leading to registration in the same profession.

Additional support

Like undergraduates, postgraduate pre-registration students will be eligible for additional support through the Learning Support Fund administered through the NHS Business Services Authority including:

  • Child Dependants Allowance
  • exceptional hardship support
  • additional travel and accommodation expenses

Disabled students allowance

Students who are obliged to incur essential additional expenditure while undertaking a course of higher education as a result of a disability may qualify for disabled students' allowances.

Continuing Professional Development funding and scholarships

Bursaries available from other organisations

The RCN Foundation offers a range of grants and support for nurses, midwives, and nursing support workers.

RCN Foundation education grants are awarded for professional development or to students. These grants are open at different points throughout the year, so check regularly to see when they are taking applications.

Postgraduate research studentships

Inclusive involvement in research

The project for this PhD studentship will be concerned with developing inclusive understandings of health and social care through the involvement of service users, the public and wider communities through the collection and implementation of high-quality research evidence.

It is anticipated that the research will contribute to the ongoing development of Public and Community Involvement Engagement and Participation (PCIEP) within the health and social care sector.

Department: School of Health and Social Care

Closing date: 17 July 2020

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