Student Opportunity Bursary 2011/12
Thank you for downloading an application form for the Postgraduate Birkbeck Student Opportunity Bursary
2011/12. The Bursary award is for £1,500 per annum towards your tuition fees, and has the benefit that it will
be paid for each of the two years of the part-time postgraduate taught degree course you are undertaking
(provided that you are making satisfactory progress on your course and your personal and financial
circumstances do not change significantly).
The Birkbeck Student Opportunity Bursaries are funded by a group of committed and generous individuals who
believe in Birkbeck’s unique approach to education. The Bursary is a non-repayable grant and is for new
students who meet the eligibility criteria below.
If you are unsuccessful in your application for this Bursary you may be eligible to apply for other financial
support. Please check the Birkbeck website for further details. The website can be found at:
The number of individual Birkbeck Student Opportunity Bursaries available this year is strictly limited.
Applications should be sent to the College’s Student Financial Support Office by the closing date of 1st
You will be eligible to apply for a Bursary if you satisfy ALL the following criteria:
be enrolling on the first year of a postgraduate degree course (taught, not research)
be a ‘Home’ student
be studying on a two year part-time course
have made sufficient financial provision to meet the remaining costs associated with your fees and other
if necessary, be applying for a professional and career development loan from a bank if you are eligible to
do so (see www.direct.gov.uk/pcdl)
have a household gross annual income for 2010-2011 that falls into one of the categories as detailed in the
Qualifying Gross Annual Income
in order to be eligible for the
Personal Status Opportunity Bursary
Single student, no dependent children Up to £28,065
Single student, one dependent child Up to £30,065
Single student, two dependent children* Up to £31,065
Married/Partnered student, no dependent children Up to £30,065
Married/Partnered student, one dependent child Up to £32,065
Married/Partnered student, two dependent children* Up to £33,065
[* If you have more than two dependent children, add an extra £1000 for each additional child]
COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION
Please complete all sections of the application form
This should be typed, using no more than one side of A4 paper, using the font Arial in 10
The selection panel will attach great importance to your Supporting Statement. This should
include why you wish to study your chosen subject, how you hope this degree will benefit your
future prospects and if you already have a postgraduate degree you must include a brief
statement telling us why you wish to take a second degree at the same level. You should also
explain how you will fund the remainder of your fees and course costs.
Please also attach photocopied supporting documents as follows:
proof of your gross annual income for 2010-2011 as shown on your P60, and that of
your partner / spouse if applicable.
proof of your settled status in the UK, e.g. passport or Home Office documentation.
If you are providing these supporting documents and the name is different from the one in which you
will be registered at Birkbeck, please explain the reasons at the end of your supporting statement
Competition for the Bursary is expected to be strong. If your form is incomplete, missing ANY
pages or supporting documents, or does not have your signature, you will be automatically
excluded from the selection process.
The DEADLINE for applications is FRIDAY 1ST JULY 2011.
You will be notified of the outcome of your application a month after the closing date.
Please return the entire completed application form and supporting documents to:
Student Financial Support Office, Birkbeck - University of London, Registry, Malet Street, London,
1. Bursary instalments for year 2 are only paid on receipt by the Student Financial Support Office of
confirmation from your academic department that you are progressing to the next year of your course.
2. As a Bursary Holder you must contact the Student Financial Support Office to advise of any significant
changes to your circumstances which could impact on your eligibility to continue to hold a Bursary.
3. As a Bursary Holder, you agree to help Birkbeck with the promotion of such bursaries by attending
occasions such as award ceremonies and donor recognition events.