Fees and Funding


International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship


The details
All departments (excluding East 15)

If you're starting at Essex in 2022 and achieve academic excellence in your International Baccalaureate, we will offer you a scholarship of £2,000 for your first year.


  • Have received an offer of admission for entry to the University of Essex for 2022-23;
  • Have registered for a full-time undergraduate degree1 at the University of Essex with first enrolment at the University of Essex in 2022-23; be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award;
  • Have obtained 34 points or above in the International Baccalaureate.
  • Successful applicants should be available for promotional activities 

Students who aren't eligible

The following students are NOT eligible for the International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship regardless of meeting the above criteria:

  • Students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School
  • Students on Higher/Degree Apprenticeship courses;
  • Students undertaking a degree that is normally delivered wholly online
  • Students directly continuing from one course to another (for example from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree);
  • Students transferring into the second year from another UK higher education institution. This bursary does not apply to deferred entry. Where a bursary has been awarded to a student who subsequently defers entry to the following academic year, the award will be withdrawn and the applicant will be considered again in line with the terms and conditions that apply in the new proposed year of entry. 

How to apply

If you meet all the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered for the bursary. You don’t need to complete an application form. Successful applicants will be notified via their Essex email account by November 2022.

Payment arrangements

The scholarship is worth £2,000 for the first year of study only. Payment will be made in two instalments, normally in February and May by bank transfer. You must open a UK bank account and we will contact you by email before each payment date to request that you enter your bank details into My Essex so payment can be made. Students must be registered for full-time study to receive payment (see bursary suspension below). Please note that if our records show that you are in debt to the University when an award payment is due to be made, the payment will be offset against your student account in the first instance and you will be entitled to receive any balance. 

Full details

Please read the full terms and conditions for your entry year before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship - Terms and conditions for 2022-2023 entry (.pdf)

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.