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Student Opportunity Bursary 2011/12
Guidance Notes
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
July 2011.

Eligibility Criteria
You will be eligible to apply for a Bursary if you satisfy ALL the following criteria:

You must:
 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
  course costs
 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
  chart below:

                                                        Qualifying Gross Annual Income
                                                        (including Partner/Spouse)
                                                        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]

       Please complete all sections of the application form
       Please attach:
               Supporting Statement
                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,
        WC1E 7HX

    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.

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