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Funding application advice

It's important to do your research first into the many bursaries, scholarships and grants that are available. They are awarded for many different reasons, from where you live and household income, to outstanding performance and community work. With competition high, it's important to put your time and energy into the applications which are most likely to succeed. Here are our top research tips:

  • spend time researching what's available before you apply, rather than applying for them in the order you find them!
  • make a note of the application deadlines and any evidence that's needed. This may take time to collect
  • check you meet the eligibility criteria
  • decide which opportunities you're most suitable for
  • prioritise which ones to apply for first.

What to write in an application for funding

To apply for a scholarship, bursary or grant you will often be asked to write a short personal statement. You should read their specifications very carefully to ensure you cover the information that is required. We've put together some tips to get you started:

  • describe a little about yourself
  • explain your circumstances
  • avoid jargon. Assume that you’re writing for a well-educated audience without a background in your subject
  • be mindful of your tone of voice, be humble but positive about your prospects
  • explain the societal benefits. If studying your course will benefit the wider community, mention this in your statement
  • share your aspirations and career path. What do you want to do after you’ve finished your course? Make sure that the funding provider knows that you’re not simply studying for the sake of it, but you have a tangible destination in mind
  • explain your financial situation and why you’re in need of financial support. What is your funding deficit?
  • are you receiving other financial support? If you’ve already received an award from a charity, be sure to mention this – it’ll show that you’re committed to financing your studies. Charities often prefer to be part of a support network rather than the sole source of funding for a student
  • check your statement for any spelling and grammar errors before sending
  • make sure your application is relevant, don't copy and paste a previous application, make it personal.
As a mature student returning to higher education, receiving the Professor Peter Lines Scholarship gave me a sense of great accomplishment and recognition for the hard work I have put into the course. I am proud to display the Scholarship on my CV and it will certainly make me stand out to future employers. Receiving the Scholarship has also relieved some of the monetary pressures of university life and has been a great help to me.

Christopher Lamb

BEng(Hons) Electronic and Communications Engineering