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									                                                                 POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP FAQs

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How do I go about applying for a scholarship?                      We recommend that you visit our website http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk This website will give you access
                                                                   to a database of postgraduate funding opportunities at Leeds. You can search the database for current
                                                                   opportunities according to your nationality, subject and level of study (i.e. postgraduate taught or
                                                                   postgraduate research degrees). Application forms for most scholarships are available to download from
                                                                   the website. If you are unable to access the internet, please let us know your full postal address and we will
                                                                   send you a scholarship information booklet. Please contact us at Scholarships@leeds.ac.uk

                                                                   Please note that some Schools at the University of Leeds offer their own scholarships. Many of these are
                                                                   advertised on our website, however, we also advise you to contact the School in which you wish to study in
                                                                   case they offer any funding not included on our website.
I’m having trouble finding information on a particular             When you visit the website http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk, you will need to select your nationality, level of
scholarship. Can you give me some advice on using your             study (i.e. postgraduate taught or postgraduate research degrees) and the name of the School where you
website?                                                           will be undertaking your studies (eg Education).
                                                                   The database will then provide a list of the current scholarships available that fit your criteria. You can click
                                                                   on "Further Information" to download application forms. If the scholarship is not administered by the
                                                                   Postgraduate Scholarships Office office, the link may take you to a School or external website where you
                                                                   can find further information.

                                                                   If you know the name of the scholarship you wish to apply for and you are still unable to find the application
                                                                   form, please contact us at scholarships@leeds.ac.uk. Please note that when the closing date for a
                                                                   scholarship has passed, it will no longer appear on the website.
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?                         Yes, you can apply for any scholarship for which you meet the eligibility criteria. If you are successful in
                                                                   more than one scholarship competition you will only be permitted to hold one full scholarship covering
                                                                   tuition fees and maintenance. You can hold more than one partial scholarship (for example you could hold
                                                                   one or more scholarships to meet the full cost of your fees and a separate maintenance scholarship.)
Can I submit my scholarship application by email?                  You can submit your scholarship application form to us by email (scholarships@leeds.ac.uk) in the first
                                                                   instance to ensure that we receive a copy of your application before the closing date. We will be able to
                                                                   process and consider an emailed application however, for some scholarships, you will also need to send a
                                                                   signed hard copy by post.
What are the eligibility criteria for the scholarships?            Each scholarship has different eligibility requirements, usually relating to nationality, level of study and
                                                                   subject of study. Please check the requirements of the scholarship to ensure you are eligible before you
                                                                   apply.
Is there an age restriction for the scholarships?                  Some scholarships do have age restrictions. Please check the eligibility requirements of the scholarship
                                                                   you are interested in.
What are the selection criteria for the scholarships?              Scholarships administered by the Postgraduate Scholarships Office are awarded on the basis of academic
                                                                   merit, not financial need.
Can I apply for a scholarship if I haven't applied for a study     If you wish to apply for a scholarship and have not yet applied for a place at the University you will need to
place?                                                             send your study application as quickly as possible (ideally before the closing date of the scholarship you
                                                                   have applied for). In most cases you do not need to wait until you have received a firm offer of admission
                                                                   before you submit your scholarship application, however, you will not be considered for the scholarship if
                                                                  you have not applied for admission to the University.

                                                                  However, for some scholarships (eg FIRS) applicants will only be considered if they have already received
                                                                  a firm offer of an academic place to study at Leeds and applicants are therefore asked to submit their
                                                                  study application form well before the Scholarship closing date.

Can I send my study application form at the same time as my       In most cases you can send your study application at the same time as your scholarship application.
scholarship application?                                          However, for some scholarships (eg FIRS), applicants will only be considered if they have already received
                                                                  a firm offer of an academic place to study at Leeds and applicants are therefore asked to submit their
                                                                  study application form well before the Scholarship closing date.

Do I need to send transcripts with my scholarship application?    If you have already sent transcripts with your study application form, you do not need to send additional
                                                                  copies with your scholarship application.
How soon will I find out if my application has been successful?   As a general rule, we will inform you of the outcome of your application approximately 8 weeks after the
                                                                  closing date of the scholarship competition. Some Scholarships, such as the Shell Centenary Scholarship
                                                                  and the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, have a longer administration process.
I am intending to apply for a Master’s by Research. Which         If you wish to apply for a Master's by Research, you will need to search for scholarships in both the taught
scholarships can I apply for?                                     postgraduate and the research postgraduate categories on the website and check the criteria of each
                                                                  scholarship carefully before applying.

Are there any scholarships available for part-time students?      Most scholarships are only available to full-time students. However, the University Research Scholarship
                                                                  for PhD study and the Full Fee Scholarship for taught postgraduate master’s programmes are also
                                                                  available for part-time study. Please note that the Full Fee Scholarship is only available for 12 months, so
                                                                  funding for the second year of a part-time master’s would need to be found from a different source.
                                                                  Some Research Councils also offer funding for part-time UK/EU students.
Do you offer any funding for PGCE courses?                        The Postgraduate Scholarships Office does not offer any funding for students undertaking PGCE courses.
                                                                  We recommend that you contact the School of Education or visit their website
                                                                  http://www.education.leeds.ac.uk/prospective/pgce/programme.php

Do you offer any Sports Scholarships?                             There is a Sports Scholarship Programme available. Please see the website
                                                                  http://www.leeds.ac.uk/sports/pages/performance/scholar.htm for further details
I wish to come to the University of Leeds as an exchange          The Postgraduate Scholarships Office does not offer any funding for exchange programme students,
student. Do you have any funding available that I could apply     however, we recommend that you visit the Study Abroad Office website for details of their Travel Awards
for?                                                              http://www.leeds.ac.uk/studyabroad/
Is there any funding available for disabled students?             The Postgraduate Scholarships Office does not have any funding specifically for disabled students, all of
                                                                  our scholarship awards are made on the basis of academic merit. We recommend that you visit the
                                                                  following website for the Snowdon Trust: http://www.snowdonawardscheme.org.uk/index.asp
                                                                  The Snowdon Trust provides grants of up to £2,500 for disabled students of all nationalities. Please note
                                                                  the aim of the Scheme is to provide funds that help cover the additional costs of being disabled and a
                                                                  student in further and higher education, or a person in training. The Award Scheme will not therefore
                                                                  usually meet expenses that have to be borne by all students, such as tuition fees or standard living and
                                                                  accommodation costs.

                                                                  Please also see the University of Leeds Disability Services website for useful information:
                                                                   http://www.equality.leeds.ac.uk/dis-serv/applicants/funding/
Are split-site doctoral students eligible for the University of    No.
Leeds scholarships?
I am intending to study at a different university. Can you offer   The University of Leeds only offers funding to students studying at this institution.
me any funding?
I have an offer of a place at the University of Leeds but have     If you do not have funding to take up your place, you should consider deferring entry to the University until
missed the scholarship closing dates. What shall I do?             the next session so that you have time to apply for funding. If you wish to defer your admission, please
                                                                   contact the School in the first instance.
I am an international student. Are there any other organisations   Your local British Council office is a good starting point. The British Council administers Chevening
apart from the University that I can apply to for funding?         Scholarships (www.chevening.com) and has information on other sources of funding. Please see
                                                                   www.britishcouncil.org. If you are from a Commonwealth country you can also contact the Commonwealth
                                                                   Scholarship Commission for details of their scholarships. Please see http://www.cscuk.org.uk/ for more
                                                                   information.
I am a UK student wishing to study at undergraduate level at       Funding for UK undergraduate scholarships is handled by the Access & Community Engagement Office.
the University of Leeds. What funding opportunities are            Please see their website for further details of the funding opportunities available
available to me?                                                   http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ace/access/scholarships.htm or contact the undergraduate scholarships team at
                                                                   ugscholarships@leeds.ac.uk
I am an EU student wishing to study at undergraduate level at      The Postgraduate Scholarships Office does not offer any scholarships for undergraduate students.
the University of Leeds. What funding opportunities are            Unfortunately, there are very few scholarships available for EU and international undergraduates but some
available to me?                                                   Schools or Departments at the University offer their own internal scholarships so it is worth contacting the
                                                                   undergraduate secretary at the School in which you wish to undertake your studies to find out whether they
                                                                   have any funding available. Contact details for Faculties and Schools can be found by following the links at
                                                                   http://www.leeds.ac.uk/faculty/

                                                                   Please also see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/students/fees_2009/eu_students.htm for information for EU
                                                                   students.

I am an international student wishing to study at undergraduate    Undergraduate admissions are handled by UCAS, the central organisation that processes applications for
level at the University of Leeds. How do I apply for admission     full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges. Please see their website
and are there any scholarships I can apply for?                    http://www.ucas.com/students/ for further information.

                                                                   The Postgraduate Scholarships Office does not offer any scholarships for international undergraduate
                                                                   students. There are very few scholarships for international undergraduates but some Schools or
                                                                   Departments at the University offer their own internal scholarships so it is worth contacting the School in
                                                                   which you wish to undertake your studies to find out whether they have any departmental funding available.


I am an international undergraduate student. Can you help me       The Postgraduate Scholarships Office is unable to help with payment of UCAS fees. Queries should be
pay my UCAS fee?                                                   directed to UCAS – please see their website
                                                                   http://www.ucas.com/students/startapplication/apply/applycost which contains details of how to pay.
How can I obtain a university prospectus?                          You can request a prospectus on-line at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/students/order_publications.htm or by
                                                                   emailing ask@leeds.ac.uk

How do I apply for a place at the University?                      Undergraduate applications are made via UCAS (please see http://www.ucas.com/students for details).
                                                                  Applications for taught postgraduate programmes can be made on-line at
                                                                  http://www.leeds.ac.uk/students/apply.htm or you can download an application form in PDF format:
                                                                  http://www.leeds.ac.uk/admissions/tp2002.pdf
                                                                  Application forms for postgraduate research degree study can be downloaded from
                                                                  http://www.leeds.ac.uk/students/appfmweb.doc or you can apply on-line at the following address
                                                                  http://www.leeds.ac.uk/students/apply_research.htm
What are the English language requirements for admission to       If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English language qualification to gain
the University of Leeds?                                          admission to the University. The minimum English language standard at Leeds is IELTS band score 6.0
                                                                  (with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading and not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing); or paper
                                                                  based TOEFL 550 (with 4.0 on the Test of Written English TWE); or computer based TOEFL 220 (with an
                                                                  essay rating of 4.0); or internet-based TOEFL iBT 83 (with at least 18 in listening, 20 in reading and
                                                                  speaking and 21 in writing). Please note that some Schools require a higher level of English than the
                                                                  standard admission requirement. Please check with the School for guidance.

                                                                  You can apply for admission prior to taking one of the tests. If you meet the other requirements for
                                                                  admission, you would be given a conditional offer of a place and you would need to meet the IELTS/TOEFL
                                                                  requirements before you can be admitted to the programme of study.
What are the English language requirements for the                This varies according to the scholarship. Please check the eligibility requirements of the scholarship you
scholarships?                                                     are interested in. You should note that the English language requirements for some scholarships are higher
                                                                  than the standard requirement for admission to the University and that some Schools require a higher level
                                                                  of English than the standard admission requirement.
My first language is not English and I will not receive my        Yes, you can still apply for the scholarship but should send us your TOEFL or IELTS certificate as soon as
IELTS/TOEFL test result until after the closing date of the       possible.
scholarship. Can I still apply?
I am from a non-EU country but have lived and worked in the       When you apply for a study place at the University of Leeds, the office handling your application for
UK for several years. Which scholarships am I eligible to apply   admission will decide whether you are eligible to pay fees at the UK/EU rate or at the international rate,
for?                                                              based on certain residency criteria. This would be Taught Student Administration
                                                                  (tp_applications@leeds.ac.uk) if you are applying for a taught postgraduate master's programme, or
                                                                  Research Student Administration (rp_applications@leeds.ac.uk) if you are applying for research degree
                                                                  study. We recommend that you contact the relevant office as soon as possible for advice on your fees
                                                                  status.

                                                                  Your fees status determines which scholarships you will be eligible for. If you are eligible to pay fees at the
                                                                  UK rate, then you would be able to apply for the scholarships for UK/EU students. If you are rated as an
                                                                  international student, you may only apply for the scholarships available for international students.

                                                                  While you are waiting for the outcome of your fees assessment, we recommend that you apply for
                                                                  scholarships for both UK and international students in order to avoid missing any application closing dates.
                                                                  Once your fees status has been decided, you can then withdraw applications for scholarships for which you
                                                                  are not eligible.




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