Scholarships and bursaries

Our ambition is to inspire high achieving students from all backgrounds, to benefit from our outstanding teaching and cutting edge research facilities.

Only a limited number of scholarships and bursaries are available, so apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Hear from some of our previous scholarship winners.

Inspiring Success Scholarship

The Inspiring Success Scholarship offers 100% off the full cost of tuition fees for selected unemployed and underemployed graduates, who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Waltham Forest.

Students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be a graduate with a minimum of a lower second class honours degree from a UK university or equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University. Participants will need to have graduated at least 6 months prior to the start of the programme
  • Be currently residing in, and have previously taken GCSE or A level qualifications whilst residing in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest
  • Be currently unemployed or underemployed, earning below £570.90 per week
  • Attendance at our two-day Inspiring Success programme (July 2017) is advised, but not essential
  • Be willing to become ambassadors of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and actively give back to the local community through Echo 

To be considered for this scholarship, students must complete the Inspiring Success scholarship application form. Successful applicants will demonstrate academic excellence and potential, and will outline how they wish to develop their local community on completion of their degree. 

  • Award value: 100% off the full cost of tuition fees
  • Eligible programmes: All taught masters programmes
  • Closing date: 31st July 2018
Inspiring Success application form Microsoft Word (51KB)

East London Community Scholarship

The East London Community Scholarship offers 50% off the full cost of tuition fees for students who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest.

Students who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Waltham Forest can apply for a scholarship worth 100% off the full cost of tuition fees. 

  • Award value: Up to 50% off the full cost of tuition fees
  • Eligible programmes: All taught masters programmes
  • Closing date: 31st July 2018
East London Community Scholarship application form Microsoft Word (50KB)

Excellence scholarship

The Excellence scholarship automatically awards high-achieving students 20% off the full cost of our masters tuition fees, regardless of their full-time programme or nationality. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have an upper-second class degree or equivalent qualification recognised by Loughborough University.

  • Award value: 20% towards the full cost of tuition fees
  • Eligible programmes: all full-time taught masters programmes

Alumni Bursary

The Alumni Bursary automatically awards graduates of Loughborough University 10% off the full cost of our master's tuition fees, regardless of their full-time programme or nationality. There is no selection process for this scholarship, as all Loughborough University alumni are entitled to this award.

  • Award value: 10% towards the full cost of tuition fees
  • Eligible programmes: All full-time taught masters programmes

Santander International Postgraduate Scholarship

Loughborough University is pleased to offer five postgraduate taught scholarships, funded by the Santander Universities scheme. Each scholarship provides £5,000 off the full cost of tuition fees for 5 self-funded, full-time postgraduate taught students at Loughborough University or Loughborough University London.

  • Award value: £5,000 towards the full cost of your tuition fees
  • Eligible programmes: All full-time taught master's programmes
  • Closing date: TBC

Students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Permanent Resident of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA or Venezuela
  • Have an excellent academic record
  • Self-funded

Students wishing to apply for this scholarship must first apply for their chosen postgraduate programme. Students wishing to apply for this award must submit a scholarship application form alongside a personal statement. The selection committee will take into account the personal statement provided when making a decision on an application.

If you would like to be considered for an award, please complete and return the Santander Scholarship International Application Form 2018 (by post or email) to: 

Postal Address: Postgraduate Taught Admissions Office, Academic Registry, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK

Email: pgtaught@lboro.ac.uk

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in June 2018.

Any award made to an applicant holding a conditional offer for a postgraduate programme will be subject to those conditions being met in full. Additional conditions attached to the Scholarship over and above the conditions in the offer may be also be specified.

Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Banco Santander gives more support to the university community than any other bank in the world. Since 1996, Santander Universities has channelled almost half a billion euros into academia through co-operative agreements with over 700 universities in Spain, America, Portugal, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Santander UK/EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Loughborough University is pleased to offer five postgraduate taught scholarships, funded by the Santander Universities scheme. Each scholarship provides £5,000 off the full cost of tuition fees for 5 self-funded, full-time postgraduate taught students at Loughborough University or Loughborough University London.

  • Award value: £5,000 towards the full cost of your tuition fees
  • Eligible programmes: All full-time taught master's programmes
  • Closing date: TBC

Students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Permanent resident of Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain or the UK
  • Have an excellent academic record
  • Self-funded
  • In financial need

Students wishing to apply for this scholarship must first apply for their chosen postgraduate programme. Students wishing to apply for this award must submit a scholarship application form alongside a personal statement. The selection committee will take into account the personal statement provided when making a decision on an application.

If you would like to be considered for an award, please complete and return the Santander Scholarship International Application Form 2018 (by post or email) to: 

Postal Address: Postgraduate Taught Admissions Office, Academic Registry, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK

Email: pgtaught@lboro.ac.uk

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email before the end of August 2018.

Any award made to an applicant holding a conditional offer for a postgraduate programme will be subject to those conditions being met in full. Additional conditions attached to the Scholarship over and above the conditions in the offer may be also be specified. Students may not hold more than one scholarship or bursary award.

Through its Santander Universities Global Division, Banco Santander gives more support to the university community than any other bank in the world. Since 1996, Santander Universities has channelled over half a billion euros into academia through co-operative agreements with over 700 universities in Spain, America, Portugal, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

UK Government Postgraduate Loan

A new Government-backed Postgraduate Loan has been introduced in the UK, and provides a loan of up to £10,250 a year for UK and EU postgraduate master's students. All London master's programmes are eligible for the loan, including our MA, MRes and MSc programmes.

Read our blog post which aims to demystify the Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

The Government is planning on offering a similar scheme to support students wishing to undertake a PhD, which is due to be announced in Spring 2018.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are a UK Government Scholarship Program which is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It is awarded to outstanding Scholars who show potential in becoming future leaders, influencers and decision makers. Awards are typically for a one year Master’s degree and are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world. There are over 44,000 Chevening Alumni around the world who together comprise in an influential and highly regarded global network.

Who can apply?

The Chevening Scholarships are for talented professionals who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of things. These fields include politics, business, the media, civil society and religion. Applicants should be high calibre graduates with personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities which are necessary for leadership. Chevening Scholarships are available to students from more than 160 counties and territories worldwide.