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Masters scholarship and funding opportunities

There are a variety of different scholarships and bursaries available for Postgraduate students to support your studies. Our main awards are listed below and you can search our Scholarship Finder to see what else you might be eligible for.


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Scholarships and bursaries

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European Union

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
Master (PGT) EU Scholarship 2022-2023
Students from the EU who are classified as international fee paying students in academic year 2022-2023


Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship 2022-2023 International students meeting high academic standards
Essex Global Partner Scholarships
Self-funded international Masters students studying at one of our global channel partners
Africa Scholarship Programme
Students from African nations
The Eleonore Koch Fund 2022-2023
Students from Latin America to study MA in Art History and Theory in our School of Philosophy and Art History.
European (non-European Union) Regional Scholarship
Self-funded European Masters students from non-EU countries
GREAT Scholarship 2022-2023
For Masters students from Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka
GREAT Scholarship for Justice and Law
For Masters students from China studying Justice and Law related subjects
ITESM “Doble Grado” Tuition Fee Discount
Self-funded international Masters students who have graduated from ITESM
Latin American Scholarship (including the Caribbean)
Masters students in our Department of Language and Linguistics
The Essex Study Abroad Scholarship 2022-2023  Overseas students coming to Essex for the fee paying study abroad programme
Tinson Scholarships 2022-2023
Masters students from the former Soviet Bloc in our School of Law

United Kingdom

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
Masters Excellence Scholarship
Home/EU students with a first class degree from a UK university
Schools Membership Plus Staff Discount 2021-2022
For staff members of eligible SMP schools undertaking a full or part time postgraduate taught course

Non-residential specific Scholarships

Scholarship / bursary name Valid year of entry Who it's for
The Essex MBA Dean's Award
Self-funded students applying to the full-time and part-time MBA programme
The Essex MBA Early Bird Discount
Self-funded students who, following successful application and interview, accept their offer to study by 31 October 2021 (for January 2022 entry).
Black, Arab and Mature Students Bursary 2021-2022 For black, Arab or mature students progressing directly from undergraduate study at the University of Essex to postgraduate study
Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting Scholarships
Master students in our Department of Language and Linguistics
Essex Society for Family History Award
2021-2022  Masters students in our Department of History
Friends of Historic Essex Fellowship
Masters students in our Department of History
Postgraduate conversion courses in AI and Data Science Scholarships 2022 - 2023 New Home, EU and International Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Masters students studying MSc Data Science & Applications, MSc Applied Data Science and MSc Artificial Intelligence & Applications courses. 
University of Sanctuary Scholarship 2022-2023 New Masters students taking up a place to study in 2022-2023, who have UK Asylum status or Discretionary/Limited Leave to Remain
University of Sanctuary Scholarship for Afghan Refugees  2022-2023  New UG or PGT students from Afghanistan who have been granted UK Asylum Status or Discretionary/ Limited Leave to Remain and those with Humanitarian Protection, as result of an asylum application or through a dependants claim 

Scholarships from other organisations

 Scholarship / bursary name  Who it's for
British Council Scholarships International students
Chevening Scholarships International students from eligible countries
Civil Society Leadership Award International students from eligible countries
Commonwealth Masters Scholarships 20% discount for International students from eligible countries
Jean Monnet Scholarship Discount
20% discount for students who are in receipt of the Jean Monnet Scholarship
Marshall Scholarships US citizens
HESPAL Scholarships Palestinian Territories resident citizens
SAID Foundation Scholarships International students from eligible countries
AZIZ Foundation-University of Essex Scholarships Muslim students who are citizens of the United Kingdom
Fullbright Scholarship US graduate students for study in any subject (although there are restrictions in Medicine) in the UK who are expected to be leaders, or future leaders, in their field of study
Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund
CCSF awards are for Canadians who are undertaking postgraduate academic and artistic studies in the UK, and are exclusively for students who have already commenced their postgraduate programme of study in the UK

Other sources of funding

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

Our University currently subscribes to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This independent guide to financing postgraduate study can be an invaluable tool to anyone considering study beyond undergraduate level. The Guide is free to use for our current and prospective students.

You can access the resource using the following PIN: 2529.


Postgraduate loans

A Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the Government can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master’s course.

Check out our postgraduate loan page for more information.

International student funding sources

There are country-specific funding opportunities, please see our country pages for more information.

If you're from the United States, you may be eligible for a federal direct loan from the US Department of Education.

Bank Graduate loans

You might be able to apply for a graduate loan, either from your own or another high street bank. Make sure you compare the various packages on offer to find out which is best for you. A first step is to look online for sites which do this for you and then make an appointment to talk to the local branch of the banks which interest you. Don't be put off if you already have an existing overdraft. Many banks will now take on the responsibility of this is you are taking out a graduate 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!)


Some companies offer to sponsor students and this is becoming an increasingly common source of funding in certain subject areas, primarily the sciences. Some firms will also consider finance-related disciplines such as accountancy and business studies.

Financial assistance offered by a company will usually be accompanied by work experience which you might be asked to undertake during your holidays or after graduation.

Financial Support for students in difficulty

We and the Students' Union offer financial support if you are experiencing difficulty with your finances in the form of bursaries, grants or loans depending on your situation. Have a look on our Financial Support page for more information.