Development & Alumni Relations Office 


28 April 2017

In the first of this series exploring the importance of scholarships we examined the impact that philanthropic studentships have on the lives of individual beneficiaries.In this second article, we look at the range of University and corporate scholarships available to Queen’s students. Next time, we will hear from individual donors to find out what motivated them to support Queen’s through a scholarship gift.

University funded scholarships and bursaries impact enormously on students, offering many individuals their only route into third level education and often serving as the critical factor when deciding which university to choose.

Education provides individuals with the knowledge and intellectual experience necessary for life. For many, access to the success that education offers would be impossible without support. In addition to the various initiatives available from Queen’s such as the Pathways to Opportunity, the University provides scholarships to attract the best students from Northern Ireland and elsewhere, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.     

University support

Our aim at Queen’s is to ensure that financial fears do not constrain prospective students from applying to university. We also want to make sure that excellence – academic, sporting or otherwise – is rewarded.

The University currently offers a range of additional financial support for our students in the form of scholarships, bursaries and studentships, a number of which are detailed below.

Undergraduate Scholarships - Scholarships Plus 2017

Eligible students from England, Scotland and Wales can qualify for a scholarship of between £2,500 and £1,250 per year based on A-level achievement.

Lloyd's Scholars Programme

Thanks to a new partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, 15 undergraduates from lower income households will have the opportunity to become a Lloyds Scholar – benefitting from mentoring and internship opportunities, enhanced employability skills support and involvement within the local community.

This exciting opportunity for students is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and rewards outstanding academic performance. The Scholars Programme provides mentoring and internship opportunities, develops employability skills and encourages involvement within the local community.

Santander Mobility Scholarships

Queen’s is a member of the prestigious international Santander Universities network, which brings together over 1,200 universities across the world, including Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the UK.

Among the many initiatives funded by Santander UK are mobility scholarships for exchanges between Queen's and universities within the Santander Universidades Network in UK, Europe and overseas.

Queen’s Sports Bursaries and Academy Scholarships

Over 100 students each year who have achieved a high standard in their particular sport are offered sports science support, free use of facilities, free equipment and financial assistance.

International scholarships

We offer a range of International Scholarships to encourage applicants form overseas to consider studying at Queen’s. The International Office Undergraduate Scholarship, the Vice-Chancellor's International Attainment Scholarship - Undergraduate and Queen's Loyalty Scholarship provide awards worth £1.5m covering everything from fee reduction to full fee payment for up to four years.

North/South postgrad taught support

A limited number of Master's scholarships are also available for outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction.

PhD funded studentships

Queen’s offers fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

And postgraduate students across all disciplines can now access the full range of facilities and services available in The Graduate School (pictured above).

Asylum Seeker scholarships

This year, for the first time, Queen’s is offering two full scholarships to students who are registered asylum seekers in the UK, and who will be starting their full-time undergraduate studies at the University in September 2017.

You can help

Scholarships are an important investment in the University, helping us to keep Queen’s affordable for future generations. They raise the aspirations of talented young people from all backgrounds, unlocking potential and attracting individuals who will go on to contribute to Northern Ireland’s success around the world.

By funding a scholarship you can support the development of a discipline or activity you care about, with a gift which has the potential to have great impact that will resonate well into the future.

To help ensure that Queen’s can continue to attract students of ability and potential your help is needed.

In the third and final article in the series, individual donors will outline what motivated them to provide a scholarship at Queen’s.

To find out more about funding a scholarship visit the Queen’s Foundation web page or contact Helen Carrick, Head of Major Gifts. Your support could be the first step in changing the world!

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