Department of Mathematical Sciences

Scholarships and funding

Supporting your study

We offer many funding opportunities to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships.


Our range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students ensures that we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances. 

We offer department-specific scholarships and you can also apply for University scholarships and funding. 

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

Selected undergraduate scholarships and awards

Mathematics Final Year Undergraduate Scholarship

We offer a scholarship of £500 to final-year single-honours students, who first registered with us before 2019-20, and have obtained an average of 70% or above in their second year. Joint honours students are eligible for a scholarship of £250.

For final year students on all undergraduate courses in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and who first registered from October 2019, we offer £500 to the top 10 ranked students in their second year, based on aggregate year mark. The payment will be made at the start of the students’ final year.


Further Mathematics A-level award

We give you £250 if you are taking Further Mathematics A-level, and you:

  1. put Essex as your firm UCAS choice, and
  2. obtain an A*-B grade in Further Mathematics.

This award is in addition to any scholarship and is not affected by the grades you achieve in your other A-level subjects. 


Selected postgraduate scholarships and awards

Winsten Scholarship

The Winsten Scholarship is normally available to students applying to study on an PhD course in our Department and is awarded every three years. This will not be available for 2021-22.

The Winsten Scholarship is named after Professor Chris Winsten, who was an internationally renowned mathematician who worked at our University for more than 25 years. His reputation is based on his application of mathematical and statistical ideas to areas of economics leading to the eponymous Prais-Winsten transformation still used by modern economists today and to the groundbreaking Beckmann-McGuire-Winsten (1955) approach to transportation economics.

Chris had an intuitive geometrical approach that found solutions to difficult analytic problems. He left the bulk of his fortune to further the reputation of Essex mathematics.

University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships

Our University of Essex Mathematical Sciences Doctoral Scholarships support talented PhD students to study at our University.

These awards are available to students who can demonstrate an excellent academic background and the potential for future achievement, as well as financial need.

We are not currently accepting applications for these Scholarships. The information for 2019-20 will be released later this year.

Scholarships open to all students

Townsend Scholarship

Townsend Scholarships are available to help students who are experiencing financial difficulties. The scholarships were established by Elizabeth Townsend, in memory of her late husband Dr Paul Townsend, who worked in our Department of Physics for 30 years. Mrs Townsend now fundraises to support our students through public speaking and other fundraising activities with friends of Dr Townsend.

This scholarship is not operating in 2019-20 academic year.

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