Newcastle University Promise Scholarships 2013 Entry

Please note: these scholarships are for UK or EU undergraduate students only. International students need not apply.

Newcastle University will be offering up to 20 Promise Scholarships worth up to £9,000 per year for students of high ability from low income backgrounds, who meet specific criteria.

Promise Scholarships are in addition to any government grants or loans which students may receive. They do not have to be repaid.


New UK or EU undergraduate students who start a degree course in 2013 may be eligible for consideration for a Promise Scholarship.

Please note: EU students will only be considered for the tuition fee discount element of this scholarship.

Award CriteriaAward DetailAward Amount
  • Residual household income of £15,000 or less (as assessed by Student Finance England or equivalent)

  • Predicted to achieve (or have already achieved) at least grades AAB at A level or equivalent

  • Students must be studying their first undergraduate degree
  • In addition, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Live in an area which is among the 10% most deprived in the UK (based on information about the postcode where you live). Check your postcode on our look up system

    • Receive (or be eligible for) Free School Meals

    • Attend a school or college where the average points score attainment per student is below 550 (2011 school performance data provided by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority, quoted by the Department of Education)

    • Have lived in Local Authority care for at least three months in the 10 years prior to beginning a course at Newcastle University.

  • 50% cash bursary

  • 50% tuition fee discount


  • 100% tuition fee discount


  • Up to £9,000 per year - according to the fee level for each year of study

Application process

Students must apply separately for a Promise Scholarship.

The application process for 2013 is now closed. If you submitted the Stage 1 application form by 10 May 2013 deadline and are successful, you will be invited to complete the second stage of the application. This will include a personal statement from you, supported by a teacher/tutor reference.

We provide detailed information on eligibility criteria and payment dates, plus more for UK students and EU students.

Other awards

If you receive a Promise Scholarship you will not be eligible to receive a Newcastle University Opportunity Scholarship or a Newcastle University Access Scholarship.

Scholarship Award Exclusions

There are a number of categories of students who are not eligible for the Promise Scholarship:

  • If you are studying for one of the following degrees you will not receive a scholarship for those years for which your tuition fees will be funded by the NHS: the four-year Speech and Language Science degree; and the fifth year of the five-year Medicine or Dentistry programmes
  • If you are studying on the four-year accelerated Medicine course for graduates or the 27 month Dental Hygiene and Therapy diploma you will not be eligible for a scholarship throughout your course