Student Financial Support

Scholarships, Bursaries & Prizes

Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

2020/21 payment dates

ScholarshipInstalment 1Instalment 2Instalment 3
 Opportunity Scholarship  18 November 2020  10 February 2021  19 May 2021

Our central Scholarships are paid in instalments of 40%, 30% and 30%. There are no exceptions.

Scholarship schemes

Scholarship schemes 2020/21

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

Care Leaver Bursaries

Have you been in Local Authority care?

A range of support is available to assist students who have experienced Local Authority Care for a period of at least three months during the 10 years prior to entering Newcastle University.

If you're a care leaver, you may be eligible to receive the Care Leaver Bursary. You'll only receive the bursary if you meet the eligibility criteria below and you do not receive an Opportunity Scholarship. You can't receive both awards.

If you've applied for income assessed student finance, we'll automatically assess you for the Opportunity Scholarship before considering you for the Care Leavers Bursary. 


£2,000 per year of study

Eligibility criteria

You must:

  • register as a student of Newcastle University for the academic year in which we consider you for the bursary
  • be a full-time undergraduate student
  • not be in receipt of an Opportunity Scholarship
  • have been in care, or under a Care Order, for at least three months during the 10 years before starting your course
  • not have been living independently for longer than five years prior to starting university
  • have applied for the maximum statutory funding from the Student Loans Company unless supported by other public funds for these costs (such as fees)
  • have a household income of £42,600 or less as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent)
  • include in your application a copy of all pages of your funding entitlement letter from Student Finance England (or equivalent) for the year in which you apply for the bursary

The University bases these criteria on its experience and on consultation with colleagues in other universities and Local Authority Leaving Care Teams.

Contact and application

If you meet the above criteria, please complete the Care Leavers Bursary application form.

For more information, contact:

Louise Harrison
Student Recruitment Manager
Student Recruitment, Admissions and Progress
Student and Academic Services
Newcastle University
King's Gate
Newcastle Upon Tyne


Donor Funded Schemes

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

Contact the Advancement Team:

  • 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

Contact Student Financial Support Team:

  • 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

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.

Read on to learn more about the prizes available and prior winners. 

Engineering prizes