Trusts and Scholarships

  • Whether they are called trusts, scholarships, endowments, grants or bursaries, there are many alternative sources of funding that can help you through your studies. The world of trust funds is massive, with lots of different funds, each with their own eligibility criteria and application processes. Because of this we are unable to offer bespoke advice about what you might be eligible for, but whether you are looking for grants to pay tuition fees or top up your living cost support, this webpage is a great place to start.

    We have divided our webpage into several sections to help you find opportunities. The first section is Funds Currently Open and Accepting Applications and is where we will advertise anything we have available, as well as other opportunities that we are aware of.

    The second section details Our Portfolio of Trusts, which are the funds that we administer and manage within UWS. You can read about each of these funds and how they work, including eligibility criteria and the dates when they will be open and accepting new applications. If you meet the eligibility criteria, why not make a note in your diary to check back for an application pack?

    The third section is a list of Funds We Recommend But Do Not Administer. Throughout our own research, these are funds that we feel may be useful to our students. You’ll find eligibility details and links to the relevant websites for more information and application instructions.

    The fourth and final section allows you to Search for your Own Funds by providing you with links to organisations that you may find useful. You may have to spend a little time researching, but don’t let that put you off as the benefits can be great.

  • Funds Currently Open and Accepting Applications

    • Carnegie Cameron Postgraduate Bursary Scheme 16-17
      +-

      UWS has been allocated 6 prestigious bursaries to be awarded to successful candidates and to be used towards payment of tuition fees for study in 16-17. The maximum value of a Bursary for 2016-17 is £4,000. 

      The bursary is available if you are studying: 

      - A Masters level course - Courses that only lead to a certificate or diploma are not eligible. Research based   postgraduate courses are also exempt from this scheme.
      - Either one year full time or two years part time - You must be able to obtain Masters level study within this timeframe. 

      If your chosen course fits the criteria above, you can apply if you:

       - Are Scottish by birth OR Scottish by descent (at least one parent born in Scotland) OR have at least 3 years of further and/or higher education in Scotland which was funded through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and for which you were eligible to apply for a student loan.

      - Have a place on an eligible course at UWS beginning in the 2016-17 academic year.

      Guidance Notes: You must read the guidance notes carefully as these explain the full eligibility criteria and how to make an application. These also feature Top Tips for Creating a Successful Application. 

      Application Form: To be completed as instructed in above guidance notes.

      The closing date for receipt of all applications is 15th July 2016. Full details in the guidance notes above.

       

    • ICAS Foundation
      +-

      The ICAS Foundation is now accepting bursary applications from students starting university in September 2016.

      The bursaries will be offered to academically-talented students from disadvantaged communities looking to study an accountancy or finance related degree.

      You are eligible to apply if you are a recipient (or will receive) a Scottish Government Young Students Bursary, provided you intend to study an accountancy or finance course at university.

      Who is eligible?

      You are eligible to apply if you can answer yes to all of the following questions:

      • Have you applied, intend to apply or are currently studying an undergraduate course in accountancy or finance course at university?
      • Is your parental/guardian income under £34,000?
      • Will you receive Student Bursary from the Scottish Government?

      Further information, eligibility criteria and an application form is available here

      Applications should be sent to enquiries@icasfoundation.org.uk or post to Linda Jamieson,
      Head of the ICAS Foundation, CA House, 21 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH

      The Closing date for applications is Friday, 20th May 2016


    • Glasgow Housing Association and Cube Housing Association Better Futures Bursary
      +-

      Eligibility

      The Better Futures bursary is available to students who currently reside in a Glasgow Housing Association or Cube Housing Association Property who are following a degree route in college at HNC / HND level or studying a University Degree. It aims to support tenants to achieve their educational goals and sustain education. 

      An application can be made for up to £1,500 per year for full-time (£750 part-time) study for up to 4 years and can include funding for the cost of books, equipment, travel or other study and living costs that will help you complete your course. 

      Application Form

      You can download the application form here. Please note that application forms should be submitted directly to the Housing Association. Complete applications should be sent to the following address:

      If GHA - Better Futures Bursaries, Community Partnerships Team, Glasgow Housing Association, 177 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HF or bursaries@gha.org.uk  

      If Cube – Barbara McGibbon, Cube Housing Association, 70 Glenfinnan Road, Maryhill, G20 8JX or bmcgibbon@cubehousing.co.uk

      For further information on the bursary you can contact Glasgow Housing Association directly by phoning Neil McIntosh on 0141 274 6751 or by email to: bursaries@gha.org.uk 

      Closing Date

      We have been advised by GHA that there is no specific closing date, however they make initial awards in April and will make further awards prior to the start of the next academic session. If we are advised of a specific closing date, we will publish it here.  

    • Social Science 50th anniversary scholarship
      +-
      The School of Media, Culture & Society is delighted to announce a wide range of competitive scholarships which will be available to highly qualified and/or experienced applicants for many of its Masters courses for the academic session 2016/17 as we celebrate our 50th anniversary of delivering social science education in Paisley.

      We will have 28 scholarships available in total and these will be available to applicants on selected Masters courses (see more detail information on the scholarships).

      Scholarships will be awarded based on evidence of qualifications and strength of your supporting personal statement.
  • Our Portfolio of Trusts

    • How our Trust Funds Work
      +-

      A Trust Fund is an amount of money that has been placed in custody of a trustee to be administered for the benefit of another (the beneficiary). At UWS, the Funding and Advice team administer the funds listed below. We call these our portfolio of Trust Funds, but there are plenty more out there. See sections below for further information. 

      Each fund will be open and accepting applications for one defined period in the academic session. In order to be prepared and ensure you don’t miss an opportunity, you should read the details of each fund below which outlines the eligibility criteria and gives an indication as to when the fund will be open. 

      You should read our Trust Fund Guidance Notes and Procedures for Applicants(pdf) which detail everything you need to know about our funds, including how you apply and how your application is assessed. You will also find details about completing our standard application form, which is used for most of our funds. 

      Please note: Applications are assessed on a competitive basis – there are limited funds and limited numbers of awards. As such you should ensure that you take the time to show the panel why you should be selected for an award. 

      For a bit more detail on how you can make your application stand out, and for samples of good and bad applications, see below: 

      Trust Funds: How to make your application stand out (pdf)

      Sample of a good quality application (pdf) (Coming soon)

      Sample of a poor quality application (pdf) (Coming soon)

       

    • The Merchants House Bursary
      +-
      The Merchants House Bursary is designed to assist those eligible UWS students who exhibit academic merit, commitment and progress in their chosen course, but who may otherwise struggle to remain engaged in their studies due to personal or financial reasons.

      You can apply for the Merchants House Bursary if you are a full-time undergraduate student in Year 2 (level 8) or above, studying in any subject area. You must be Scottish by birth, have a permanent home address in the Paisley area (i.e. postal code: PA1, PA2, PA3, PA4 & PA5) and have attended secondary school in that area. You will need to have applied to/received a decision from all statutory funding available. This includes bursaries, student loans and Discretionary funds. You will also need to provide evidence showing why you need this extra support, and demonstrate how it will help you throughout your studies.

      We plan on opening the 2016/17 academic year applications in February 2017. If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, why not make a note in your diary to visit this page for more details, such as the closing date, closer to that time?

      This web page will also include the application that you will need to complete, as well as guidance notes for making a good application and details of how the panel make decisions.
    • Lord Smith of Kelvin Bursary
      +-

      The Lord Smith of Kelvin Bursary was founded in 2014 by the gift of the University’s former Chancellor. The Bursary is designed to assist those eligible UWS students who exhibit academic merit, commitment and progress in their chosen course, but who may otherwise struggle to remain engaged in their studies due to personal or financial reasons.

      You can apply for the Lord Smith of Kelvin Bursary if you are an undergraduate student in Year 2 (level 8) or above, studying in any subject area. You must be Scottish by birth, and be the first generation in your family to attend a higher education institution.

      This trust fund is available to students who need a little extra financial support to help them reach their full academic potential. As such, you will need to have applied to/received a decision from all statutory funding available. This includes bursaries, student loans and Discretionary funds. You will also need to provide evidence showing why you need this extra support, and demonstrate how it will help you throughout your studies.

      We plan on opening the 2016/17 academic year applications in February 2017. If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, why not make a note in your diary to visit this page for more details, such as the closing date, closer to that time?

      This web page will also include the application that you will need to complete, as well as guidance notes for making a good application and details of how the panel make decisions.

    • Sutherland Page Trust
      +-

      You can apply to the Sutherland Page Trust if you are an under/postgraduate student who was born in Scotland or have at least one of your parent who was born in Scotland or have lived in Scotland for three continuous years directly before starting your course.  You will have successfully completed your first year of study in Medicine, Law, Arts, Divinity or Science. 

      We will accept applications from the following Schools:

      Health Nursing & Midwifery; Science; the creative courses in Media, Culture and Society and the Scottish Baptist College.

      This trust fund is available to students who need a little extra financial support so you will need to have applied to/received a decision from all statutory funding available. This includes bursaries, student loans and Discretionary funds. You will also need to provide evidence showing why you need this extra support, and demonstrate how it will help you throughout your studies.

      We plan on opening applications for the 2016/17 academic year in October 2016. If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, why not make a note in your diary to visit this page for more details, such as the closing date, closer to that time?

      This web page will also include the application that you will need to complete, as well as the guidance notes for making a good application and details of how the panel make decisions.

       

       

       

    • John Mather Charitable Trust
      +-

      You can apply to the John Mather Charitable Trust if you are an undergraduate student in  2nd Year (level 8) or above, studying in any subject area. Your permanent address, i.e. your home address if you live in a different place during term-time, must be in the former Strathclyde Region and you must have attended Secondary School in the same area.

      This trust fund is available to students who need a little extra financial support so you will need to have applied to/received a decision from all statutory funding available. This includes bursaries, student loans and Discretionary funds. You will also need to provide evidence showing why you need this extra support, and demonstrate how it will help you throughout your studies.

      What is the former Strathclyde Region?

      Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. 

      We plan on opening the 2016/17 academic year applications in February 2017. If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, why not make a note in you diary to visit this page for more details, such as the closing date, closer to that time?

      This web page will also include the application that you will need to complete, as well as guidance notes for making a good application and details of how the panel make decisions. 

       

    • Peter Coats Trust
      +-

      You can apply to the Peter Coats Trust if you are a full/part time, under/postgraduate student studying in any subject area who is in the penultimate or final year of your course (i.e. Year 2 onwards, depending on what year your course finishes).

      Your permanent home address should be in the Renfrewshire Council area and will have at some point attended secondary school in the same area.

      This trust fund is available to students who have a historical or educational link to the Paisley area over a number of years, have demonstrated themselves to be diligent and academically able to complete their course successfully and are in need of a little extra financial support. You will need to have applied to/received a decision from all statutory funding available. This includes bursaries, student loans and Discretionary funds. You will also need to provide evidence showing why you need this extra support, and demonstrate how it will help you throughout your studies.

      We plan on opening the 2016/17 academic year applications in February 2017. If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, why not make a note in your diary to visit this page for more details, such as the closing date, closer to that time?

      This web page will also include the application that you will need to complete, as well as guidance notes for making a good application and details of how the panel make decisions.

    • Glenburn Educational Trust
      +-

      You can apply to the Glenburn Educational Trust if you are a full-time undergraduate student who is studying in the School of Science. Priority will be given to those whose permanent address, (i.e. your home address if you live in a different place during term-time), is in the Greater Glenburn area of Paisley*

      While we will prioritise those applications from the Greater Glenburn area of Paisley, we will accept applications from any student with a home address in Scotland. 

      This trust fund is available to students who need a little extra financial support so you will need to have applied to/received a decision from all statutory funding available. This includes bursaries, student loans and Discretionary funds. You will also need to provide evidence showing why you need this extra support, and demonstrate how it will help you throughout your studies.

      We plan on opening applications to this fund in March 2016. If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, why not make a note in your diary to visit this page for more details, such as the closing date, closer to that time?

      This web page will also include the application that you will need to complete, as well as guidance notes for making a good application and details of how the panel make decisions.

    • Carnegie Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary Scheme
      +-

      Each year, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland allocate several prestigious Carnegie Cameron Postgraduate Bursaries to be awarded to successful candidates embarking on study at UWS. These bursaries are used towards payment of tuition fees only and are available if you are studying a Masters level course, either one year full time or two years part time. Courses that only lead to a certificate or diploma are not eligible. Research based postgraduate courses are also exempt from this scheme. Applicants must also be Scottish by birth, descent or have been continuously resident in Scotland for at least 3 years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education, and have leave to remain.

      We normally advertise this scheme in April and accept applications from those due to start an eligible course in the following September. We hope to keep applications open until the end of July but accurate closing dates can be found in the application pack in the section above, available only while the scheme is open.

      A panel will meet to assess all applications and we would hope to advise all applicants of the decision by the beginning of September.

       

    • Sport Scholarships Programme
      +-
      The sport scholarships programme at UWS aims to support those with the potential to be at the top of their sport. Criteria eligibility includes international, national and regional standard athletes with additional funding available for those performing at regional level with aspirations to national and international standards. Read more.
  • Other Funds we Recommend But Do Not Administer

    • Army Education Grant
      +-

      If you are considering a career in the army after your degree, you may qualify for an education grant provided by the armed services. The scheme is open to UK passport holders who have studied or plan to study at an educational establishment in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or at any British Forces School overseas. Find out if you qualify.

    • British Kidney Patient Association Grant
      +-

      This grant is suitable for students with kidney problems who are receiving dialysis or have recently had a transplant. Further information and details on how to apply can be found here.

    • Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
      +-
    • Cavell Nurses’ Trust
      +-

      This Trust can assist Nurses/Student nurses on recognised training courses who are facing unforeseen financial hardship/circumstances that are causing a negative impact on their lives. It cannot be used to 'top up' a monthly shortfall after receiving bursary payments. Click here for further information and how to apply.

    • CLIC Sargent Care Grants
      +-
      • Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate
      • Suitable for part time or full time
      • Specifically for families with a child or young person (24 or under) who is receiving treatment for cancer or palliative care
      • Click here for further information on the Clic Sargent Grants available and details of how to apply.
    • Crichton Foundation
      +-

      The Foundation offers help to students through scholarships, awards, prizes and bursaries. It offers awards and grants to students and assists the Crichton Campus partners, including Dumfries & Galloway College, University of Glasgow, University of West of Scotland, Open University, Crichton Carbon Centre and Scotland's Rural College. For more detailed information please visit www.crichtonfoundation.org

    • Dewar Arts Award
      +-

      Set up in memory of Scotland's first First Minister, the Dewar Arts Awards provide funding to support young artistic talent living and/or working in Scotland. To be considered for a Dewar Arts Award, an applicant must:

      •Be under the age of 30
      •Live or work in Scotland
      •Demonstrate outstanding talent in any artform
      •Be without the financial means to achieve their full potential

      The Trustees look for candidates who have strong ambition and a real passion for their chosen artform.

      Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear view of their future
      development (or that of a particular project), and how receiving a
      Dewar Award would help them to achieve their goals. 

      Vist: www.dewarawards.org. for further information.

    • Dumfriesshire Educational Trust
      +-

      The Trust gives help with a number of educational expenses including travel costs, educational excursions, equipment costs, postgraduate courses and adult education. The fund is suitable for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in part-time or full-time study. Applicants must reside in Dumfriesshire and be wholly or substantially educated there.

      Further information and application forms can be obtained by writing to the Trust at:

      Dumfriesshire Educational Trust

      Mr Robert Thom, Area Manager Nithsdale
      Municipal Chambers
      Buccleuch Street
      Dumfries, DG1 2AD

       

    • Gilchrist Educational Trust
      +-


      The Gilchrist Educational Trust provides grants to Full-time, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students attending British universities who find themselves facing unexpected financial difficulties. Grants are available to cover course costs and other associated expenses whilst studying and are usually intended to help final year learners complete their course.

      Further information on eligibility can be obtained from the Gilchrist Educational Trust. Application forms can be requested via email at gilchrist.et@blueyonder.co.uk
    • Holywood Trust Bursaries
      +-

      The Holywood Trust is a charitable organisation which aims to help young people in Dumfries and Galloway. They want to help young people throughout Dumfries and Galloway fulfil their potential in cultural, educational and social aspects of their lives. For more detailed information please visit the website: www.holywood-trust.org.uk.

    • John Watson Trust Fund
      +-


      Grants are available to under 21-year-olds with either a physical or learning disability or who are in a situation of deprivation.  The Trust provides help with education and training expenses, including books, travel & cost of trips and is suitable for full-time and part-time undergraduates.

      Although priority is given to individuals and groups in the Lothian region, grants can also be awarded elsewhere in Scotland.. 

       
      Application forms and further information on eligibility can be obtained from the John Watson's Trust.
    • Macmillan Grants
      +-


      A Macmillan grant is a one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer, to cover a wide range of practical needs. This can include things such as heating bills, extra clothing, or a much needed break. Undergraduate and postgraduate students in part-time or full-time study who have cancer or are still affected by the illness or treatment can apply.

      Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available at the MacMillan Grants website. 
    • Postgrad Solutions Bursaries
      +-

      Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 15 Postgraduate Study Bursaries to students starting a postgraduate course in the academic year 2015-16. Each bursary is worth £500 and they are open to students from anywhere in the world. Check out the Postgrad Solutions website for more information and how to apply.

    • Sandra Charitable Trust
      +-

      The Charity aims to support a wide variety of beneficiaries including nurses and charities involved in animal welfare & research, environmental protection, relief of poverty and youth development.

      It is particularly suitable for Nursing students who are in financial hardship and require financial support in order to complete their studies.

      For further information and how to apply, contact: keith.lawerence@moorstephens.com.

    • Sidney Perry Foundation
      +-

      The Foundation aims to primarily help students studying for their first degree with supplementary grants towards items such as books and equipment / instruments. 

      The fund is available to undergraduate/postgraduate students in part-time or full-time study who are under 35 at the start of their course. Students must be in Year 2 or above of a three or four year degree course and be studying for their First degree to be eligible to apply.

      Check out the Sidney Perry Foundation website for further details on eligibility and how to apply.

    • The Cross Trust
      +-

      The Cross Trust is a charitable body which gives grants to young Scots who are of merit and in financial need in order, in the words of the Trust's founder Sir Alexander Cross (1880-1963), "to extend the boundaries of their knowledge of human life."

      Check out the Cross Trust website for further information on funding available and details of how to apply.

       

    • The TIKO Foundation
      +-

      The TIKO Foundation provides funding towards an applicant’s tuition and accommodation expenses for the duration of his or her academic course.

      To be eligible for a TIKO Foundation grant, an applicant needs to be:

      • Resident in the UK
      • An asylum seeker or have limited leave and not be entitled to Student Finance
      • Wanting to study at college or university for the first time
      • In receipt of an offer from at least one high ranking university
      • From a low income background
      • Academically talented
      • Able to demonstrate leadership qualities
      • Able to demonstrate an intention to improve his or her life though higher education
      • Able to demonstrate an intention to be of service to the community following higher education.

      The Trustees look for candidates who can demonstrate the outcomes and impact he or she expects to achieve throughout the application process and commit to achieving these outcomes and impact throughout the duration of their grant.

      For further information and details of how to apply, click here.

    • The Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship
      +-

      This scholarship has been created by the Schwab & Westheimer Trusts to help young asylum seekers pursue higher education in social care, medicine, nursing or related professions.

      Up to three people a year will be supported by the Westheimer Trust to study for a first degree or professional qualification in the field of healthcare through a scholarship ranging from £10-20k a year.

      You can apply if you:

      • Are an asylum seeker [or the dependent of an asylum seeker] who is awaiting a decision or appealing a decision for asylum; a person (or dependent of a person) who claimed asylum in the UK and has been granted limited leave to remain (without refugee status or humanitarian protection) or some other form of temporary status; or a person with limited leave to remain for unaccompanied minors
      • Are 28 years old or younger (in exceptional circumstances, older candidates may be considered)
      • Wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in social care, medicine, nursing, or related professions

      Online applications will close on Wednesday 25th of May and interested candidates can apply here

      Further information can be found here or by contacting Saliha or Emily on highereducation@refugeesupportnetwork.org or 07597583228.

    • Winning Students Scholarship
      +-

      This scholarship is designed to support talented student athletes as they develop their sporting abilities and continue their academic studies and foster success in international competitions. The scholarships can be used in a range of support services which will assist you and your sporting development. The scholarships are funded by the Scottish Funding Council and managed by the University of Stirling. Read more.

  • Search for your Own Funds

    • Important Information
      +-
      When researching the world of trusts, scholarships, charitable funds etc., it is important to understand that this can take up a lot of time. While there is no guarantee that you will find a source of funds for you, you definitely won’t find anything if you don’t try.

      This type of funding can vary from very small amounts, such as £200, to larger amounts that might cover your full tuition fee for a year. Most students who achieve success with these types of funds do so because they continually research and apply to everything they can. Numerous grants of £200 can really add up.

      It’s also key to remember that most of these funds are competitive, similar to what you might experience when applying for a job. Many people might apply, but there may be only 1 award available. As such, it is important that you spend time on any application. Carefully follow any guidance notes and make sure your application will stand out in a crowd.

      You may find it useful to read the information we have in the section above – ‘Our Portfolio of Trusts’ and the ‘How our Trust Funds Work’ section. Here you will find a document titled ‘Trust Funds: How to make your application stand out (pdf)’ which you may find helpful.
    • The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding
      +-

      There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help fund your postgraduate studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a web resource that UWS subscribe to, making it free for our students and prospective students to use.

      You can use the Alternative Guide to search a funding database of over 600 charities and trusts and access comprehensive guidance on how to produce a high quality application.

      Accessing from a campus PC? Click here and you can automatically log in without creating an account.

      Already have a UWS email account? Simply click here and you can create an account in less than 30 seconds

      Are you a prospective student? We understand you won’t be able to access our campus PC’s nor will you have a UWS email address. Simply email us and we will send you a PIN to access this resource.

       

    • SAAS
      +-
      SAAS maintain a register of educational endowments, which is just another way of saying they have a list of possible trust funds or scholarships that you may wish to investigate. Some of the schemes they have on their list will include eligibility criteria, links to websites or email addresses of the organisation. Others may require you to write away for more information. You can find the SAAS list here.
    • The Scholarship Hub
      +-
      You can use The Scholarship Hub to search for UK scholarships, grants or bursaries, as well as find information on how to apply for these opportunities. You should check the website regularly as opportunities can open up throughout the year.
    • Prospects
      +-
      Prospects is a great website offering lots of information about postgraduate study and job advice. They have a specific section with info on funding postgraduate studies here.
    • Scholarship Search
      +-
      You can use this site to search for funds by organisation, subject area or level of study.
    • Uni Grants
      +-
      You can use this site to search for funds by organisation, subject area or level of study.
    • The National Postgraduate Committee
      +-
      There is lots of useful information and resources on the National Postgraduate Committee (NPC) website. You can read information they have on funding here but may also find a lot more helpful guidance on postgraduate study more generally.