Newcastle University Promise Scholarships

We will be offering up to 20 Promise Scholarships worth up to £9,000 per year to new UK and EU students of high ability from low income backgrounds.

The scholarships are awarded in 2 parts:

  1. 50% cash bursary
  2. 50% tuition fee discount

EU students will only be considered for the tuition fee discount.

Promise Scholarships are in addition to any loans and grants that you receive. They do not have to be repaid.


You can apply for a Promise Scholarship if you:

  • are a UK or EU student 
  • have a residual household income of £15,000 or less (as assessed by Student Finance England or an equivalent assessing body)
  • are predicted to achieve (or have already achieved) at least grades AAB at A level, or equivalent
  • are studying your first undergraduate degree

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • live in an area which is among the 10% most deprived in the UK. Check your area with our postcode lookup system
  • receive, or be eligible for, Free School Meals
  • attend a school or college where the average attainment points score per student is below 550 (school performance data can be found on the Department for Education website
  • have lived in Local Authority care for at least 3 months in the 10 years prior to beginning a course at Newcastle

Detailed information on eligibility criteria and payment dates is available from Student Wellbeing for UK students and EU students.

How to apply

Students must apply separately for a Promise Scholarship.

The application process for 2015 is now open. You will need to submit your Stage 1 application form by 8th May 2015.  If you are successful, you will be invited to complete the second stage of the application (with a deadline of 17th July 2015). This will include a personal statement from you, supported by a teacher/tutor reference.

Award exclusions

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

If you're studying for one of the following degrees you will not receive a scholarship for the years for which your tuition fees are funded by the NHS:

  • 4 year Speech and Language Science degree
  • 5 year Medicine or Dentistry degrees

If you're studying for one of the following degrees you are not eligible for a scholarship for any part of your course:

  • 4 year accelerated Medicine course
  • 27 month Dental Hygiene and Therapy diploma