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Find out more about the many scholarships, bursaries and prizes available to our students.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to our students.

2023/24 payment dates

Scholarship Instalment 1Instalment 2Instalment 3
Opportunity Scholarship 15th November 2023 7th February 2024 1st May 2024
UG Support Scholarship 15th November 2023 N/A N/A

The Opportunity Scholarship is paid in instalments of 40%, 30% and 30%. There are no exceptions.

Scholarship schemes 2023/24

Many schemes are provided by both the University and external organisations. This is not a comprehensive list, and you may also find it useful to look at individual academic units to check if any subject specific funding is available, as well as external charities and trusts.

Find out about eligibility criteria, deadlines, award amounts, and other information.

Donor Funded Schemes

A number of scholarship and bursary schemes are funded through generous donations from Newcastle University alumni and external agencies.

The Advancement Team invite students to apply for the below awards:

  • Alan Skelton Bursary: £1,250 for one year to assist a mature student from the school of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Charles Letts Scholarship: awards of at least £2,000 per year for all years of study to support students coming to study at Newcastle University via the PARTNERS Programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects
  • Hodcroft Goodland Ventures Scholarship: £3,000 award for the first year of study, available to an undergraduate taking a course in the School of Engineering
  • Hodcroft Larsen Undergraduate Scholarship: £3,000 award for the first year of study, available to an undergraduate taking a Chemical Engineering course in the School of Engineering
  • John and Anne Scott: an award of £2,500 per year for three years of study available to an undergraduate pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree in the School of Engineering
  • Mary Spencer Undergraduate Scholarship: £1,000 award for a third year undergraduate BA History student

For help and advice please email the Advancement Team.

The UK Scholarships Team in the Student Financial Support Team run the below awards:

  • Greenwich Hospital Bursary: for students who have served or whose parents have served or are serving in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS, Royal Fleet Auxiliary or Royal Naval Service
  • Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust Bursary: bursaries to undergraduates who are in financial need and whose parent or spouse is a commercial traveller, grocer or chemist

For help and support with these awards please email the team.

Contact the School:

The availability of awards and eligibility criteria varies from year to year.


The University offers a range of prizes for academic excellence.

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Find out more about the prizes available and prior winners:

Postgraduate funding

Funding for Masters students comes from a variety of sources.

The funding you could apply for may depend on your personal circumstances, your intended course of study, and your financial situation.

Sources of funding

  • Research Councils
  • Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships: available for graduates from the UK to study for up to two consecutive years in one of the Faculties at Harvard
  • Fullbright Award for study in the US: grants to enable you to study any discipline and at any accredited US institution
  • Kennedy Scholarships: open to British citizens, tenable at Harvard or MIT, and providing full funding for one academic year
  • Medical Women's Federation: various grants and prizes throughout the year to assist qualified Doctors or women studying towards a medical degree leading to GMC registration as a doctor
  • The Gibbs Travelling Research Fellowship assists women graduates with considerable experience of research who intend to undertake fieldwork projects outside of the British Isles in Biology, Archaeology, Social Anthropology or Sociology. The Fellowship is open to women graduates of the University of Cambridge, with preference given to present or former members of Newnham College
  • Thouron Award: up to 10 awards, covering tuition fees, health insurance and living expenses, which enables travel within the USA, available for British candidates who want to pursue a full-time postgraduate course at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Funding for postgraduate study can be very competitive. Start looking for funding about nine months before the start of your course. Many of the schemes have strict and early deadlines.


Some University schools and institutes advertise opportunities on their own websites. Studentships are also listed on our Funding and Finance database.