Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships, Durham University

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships

Durham University

Application deadline: 4th June 2016

Eligiblity criteria:

  • Be progressing from an undergraduate course charged at the higher tuition fee rate of up to £9,000, introduced in 2012/13;
  • Have a household income level of £25,000 or below in the final year of their undergraduate programme either 2014/15 or 2015/16; As assessed by Student Finance England (or equivilant)
  • Domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) (Classified as Home/EU for tuition fee purposes);
  • Do not already hold a masters level qualification;
  • Have been active in student or community life.


  • Be from a group that is evidentially under-represented within the institution’s taught master’s population (See indicators of general under-representation).

Applications would be particularly welcomed from the following under-represented groups;

Black and Minority Ethnicity groups

Mature students undertaking the MA in Creative Writing course

Women undertaking postgraduate programmes in;


Government and International Affairs

Risk Masters

General indicators of under-representation

Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria of under-representation within the institution’s taught masters population:

  • The University will use the ACORN Classification and will base the assessment on the permanent address provided as part of your application for a postgraduate taught programme .Permanent address defined as the home address where the student normally lives when not at university, for example their parents’ home or marital home. ACORN categories 4 and 5 are deemed to be areas of low participation.
  • Are classified as a Care Leaver. A “Care Leaver” is defined as someone who was in the looked after system on their 16th birthday.
  • Assessed as having a disability
    • Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010
      • You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a “substantial” and “long term” negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities
  • What “substantial” and “long term” mean
    • substantial” is more than minor or trivial – e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed
    • long-term” means 12 months or more – e.g. breathing condition that develops as a result of a lung infection

Please Note:

Applicants for this scholarship will automatically be considered for the Postgraduate Support Scholarship 2016 awards. No further application is necessary however please be aware that it’s not possible to hold more than one University funded award.

For more details or to apply, click here.


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