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Bursaries and scholarships

If you’re a UK home undergraduate student, you’re probably entitled to a loan for your tuition fees and a loan for living costs if you are studying full time, but are you eligible for any extra support? Read our guide below carefully so you don’t miss out.

Student support

NTU Bursaries for 2020 entry

We will be awarding a cash bursary of £750 per year to eligible full-time UK home undergraduate degree or foundation degree students who start their studies at NTU in 2020.

This £750 cash award to supplement living costs will be paid to eligible students who:

  • are paying the maximum home tuition fee for their full-time undergraduate degree or foundation degree course
  • have a household income of £25,000 per year or less (as assessed by their UK national Student Finance Service)
  • are eligible to receive a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan from their UK National Student Finance Service.

This bursary will be paid in each year of your course (except during any year-long work placement as part of a sandwich degree). Full terms and conditions will be made available on our website.

  • How do I apply?

    There’s no separate application process to apply for an NTU Bursary. Your eligibility will be automatically assessed as long as you’ve applied and are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan from your national Student Finance Service.

    We should automatically receive confirmation of your eligibility provided that you haven’t withdrawn consent to share financial information with the University for the purposes of assessing bursary entitlement.

  • How will I know if I'm eligible?

    If we award you a bursary, you’ll receive written confirmation from us.

    You should receive your letter between September and November. Contact us on +44 (0)115 848 2494 or email us if you think you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, but haven’t received the letter by November.

Undergraduate scholarships for international or EU students

Are you an international or EU student? Find out more about our scholarships for international and EU students.

Other bursaries

  • NTU Care Leavers and Foyer Resident Bursary

    The University will be awarding an NTU Care Leaver Bursary of £1000 to help towards living costs to eligible students who start their studies at NTU in 2020 and:

    • have been in the care of a local authority in the UK (or have been looked after by relatives who have a court order to look after you in the UK) at some point since the age of 16; or
    • have been a Foyer resident in the UK; and
    • are under 25 on 1 September 2020; and
    • are enrolled on a full-time undergraduate degree course or foundation degree course commencing in 2020

    The NTU Care Leaver and Foyer Resident Bursary will be available for each year of full-time study, subject to meeting the terms and conditions.

    Further information can be found in the NTU Care Leavers and Foyer Residence Bursary guidance notes.

    Applications are now open, please email careleaverbursary@ntu.ac.uk for a link to the application form.

    For more information on the support available to you as a Care Leaver please click here.

  • NTU Estranged Student Bursary

    The University will be awarding an NTU Estranged Student Bursary of £1000 to help towards living costs to eligible students who start their studies at NTU in 2020 and:

    • have been financially assessed by their UK national Student Finance Service as an independent student on the grounds of estrangement from their parents; and
    • are under 25 on 1 September 2020; and
    • are enrolled on a full-time undergraduate degree course or foundation degree course commencing in 2020.

    The NTU Estranged Student Bursary will be available for each year of full-time study, subject to continued eligibility.

    Further information can be found in the NTU Estranged Student Bursary guidance notes.

    Applications are now open, please email estrangedbursary@ntu.ac.uk for a link to the online application form.

    For more information on the support available to you as an Estranged student, please click here.

  • Subject-specific bursaries

    If you’re studying Teacher Training or Social Work, you may be able to apply for a special bursary. Find out about these bursaries on our Student Services pages.

  • The John Harwood Bosworth Bursary for Creative Writing

    Nottingham Trent University is delighted to announce the launch of a new opportunity for aspiring writers:  The John Harwood Bosworth Creative Writing Bursary.

    This transformational bursary will be awarded to a talented Nottingham(shire)-based writer who would otherwise be unable to access the opportunity to study for a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. It has been provided thanks to the generous support of Maureen Bosworth, Geof and Diana Bosworth, in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

    Thanks to our partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, the recipient will have the opportunity to discuss careers and placement opportunities and to take part in a one- to-one editorial session at Penguin Random House, as well as receiving an invitation to the publisher’s annual celebration of books and authors, Penguin Presents, in 2021.

    This opportunity includes:

    • All tuition fees* paid for the NTU Creative Writing MA course (part-time) from 2020-22
    • Access to careers and placement opportunities
    • Nottingham to London travel bursary to cover related meetings
    • Blackwell’s vouchers to buy required course books and recommended texts

    Eligibility

    Applicants for this Bursary must meet the bursary-specific criteria, as follows:

    • Be a UK home student, assessed as paying UK/EU tuition fees, who has selected NTU as their firm choice institution;
    • Be classified as living in an area of disadvantage, as defined by ACORN data*
    • Currently live and/or work in Nottinghamshire and live within a reasonable commuting distance of the University
    • Have a passion and talent for creative writing in any genre; and
    • Be unable to afford otherwise the fees for the Masters’ degree (the recipient of the bursary will be asked to provide proof of financial status).

    *The University will identify this through your application.

    Priority will be given to students who:

    1. Are the first in their family to attend university;
    2. Have a household income of £25,000 or less.

    Selection Process


    A Selection Panel will award the bursary to the candidate who best satisfies the bursary criteria, as outlined above and in the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions. All decisions by the Selection Panel are final.

    Application Process


    Applications must consist of a fully completed application form to commence study for a Masters course as required by NTU, in addition to a Scholarship Application Form for the John Harwood Bosworth Creative Writing Bursary.

    Please read the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions carefully, before completing your application.

    Applicants should email their completed applications and all supporting documents to DARScholarships@ntu.ac.uk before the deadline of  on Sunday 13 September 2020, 4:00pm BST (British Summer Time).

    Deadline for the John Harwood Bosworth Bursary for Creative Writing

    4:00pm (BST) on 13 September 2020 – applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
    NTU will notify successful applicants by Friday 02 October 2020 and unsuccessful applicants by Friday 09 October 2020.

  • The Dr Pauline Polkey Undergraduate Bursaries

    Thanks to the generosity of the Ellis family, Nottingham Trent University has established the Dr Pauline Polkey Undergraduate Bursaries. The programme will support talented students with exceptional academic potential who need help with meeting the costs of studying at university.

    These prestigious awards are open to applications from students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in the 2020/21 academic year within the School of Arts & Humanities. Each Award is worth up to £1,000.

    Eligibility

    Applicants for this Bursary are required to meet the eligibility criteria, as set out in the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions.

    Applicants must also meet the bursary-specific criteria, as follows:

    • Studying an undergraduate course in the School of Arts & Humanities;
    • Preference will be given to students classified as living in an area of disadvantage, as defined by ACORN data; *
    • Preference will be given to female students.

    * The University has already identified this for you through your UCAS application.

    Selection Process

    A Selection Panel will award the Dr Pauline Polkey Undergraduate Bursaries to those candidates who best satisfy the Bursary criteria, as outlined in the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions.

    All decisions by the Selection Panel are final.

    Application Process

    Applications must consist of a fully completed Application Form and any additional documentation that is required to support your application.

    Please read the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions carefully, before completing your application.

    Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions

    Scholarships Application Form

    Applicants should email their completed applications and supporting documents to DARScholarships@ntu.ac.uk before the deadline.

    Deadline for the Dr Pauline Polkey Undergraduate Bursaries

    4:00 pm BST (British Summer Time) on 06 September 2020 – Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

    NTU will notify successful applicants by 19 October 2020 and unsuccessful applicants by 30 October 2020.

  • nmcn Bursaries

    Thanks to the generosity of nmcn PLC, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has established the nmcn Bursaries. The programme will support talented students with exceptional academic potential who need help with meeting the costs of studying at university.

    These prestigious awards are open to applications from students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in the 2020/21 academic year. Each Award is worth up to £5,000 per annum and instalments will be based on the length of the course (3-5 years, including placement years) and paid in termly instalments. Eligible courses are as follows:

    Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) (H200, H203)

    Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc (Hons) (K4K2, K240)

    Civil Engineering BSc (Hons) (H201, H202)

    Building Surveying BSc (Hons) (K230, K231)

    Civil Engineering Design and Construction MEng (Hons) (7H27, 5H47)

    Construction Management BSc (Hons) (K200, K221)

    Eligibility

    Applicants for these Bursaries are required to meet the eligibility criteria, as set out in the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions.

    Scholarship Applicants must also meet the bursary-specific criteria, as follows:

    • Be a UK home student, assessed as paying UK/EU tuition fees, who has selected NTU as their firm choice institution;
    • Be classified as living in an area of disadvantage, as defined by ACORN data. *

    * The University has already identified this for you through your UCAS application.

    Selection Process

    A Selection Panel will award the Bursaries to those candidates who best satisfy the criteria, as outlined in the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions.

    All decisions by the Selection Panel are final.

    Application Process

    Applications must consist of a fully completed Application Form and any additional documentation that is required to support your application.

    Please read the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions carefully, before completing your application.

    Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions

    Scholarships Application Form

    Applicants should email their completed applications and supporting documents to DARScholarships@ntu.ac.uk before the deadline.

    Deadline for the nmcn Bursaries

    4:00 pm BST (British Summer Time) on 06 September 2020 – Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

    NTU will notify successful applicants by 19 October 2020 and unsuccessful applicants by 30 October 2020.

  • Stoneygate Trust Award Programme

    Thanks to the generosity of the Stoneygate Trust, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has established the Stoneygate Award Programme. The programme will support talented students with exceptional academic potential who need help with meeting the costs of studying at university.

    These prestigious awards are open to applications from students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in the 2020/21 academic year. Successful recipients will be awarded £3,000 per year towards the costs of studying at NTU for the duration of their taught degree.

    Eligibility

    Applicants for this Bursary are required to meet the eligibility criteria, as set out in the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions.

    Applicants for this Bursary must also meet the bursary-specific criteria, as follows:

    • Be a UK home student, assessed as paying UK/EU tuition fees, who has selected NTU as their firm choice institution;
    • Be in their first year of study;
    • Have achieved ABB at A-level or equivalent (special consideration will be given to those who can provide evidence that they have underperformed at A-Level due to mitigating circumstances);
    • Be classified as living in an area of disadvantage, as defined by ACORN data, and
    • Must live within a reasonable commuting distance of the University as determined by the NTU Travel to Work Area.*

    Priority will be given to students who:

    • Would be the first in their family to attend university;
    • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education;
    • Have been looked after by someone other than their parents or that have been in care;
    • Have been previously eligible for Free School Meals or Post 16 Bursary;
    • Have an annual household income of £25,000 or less.

    * The University has already identified this for you through your UCAS application.

    NB, if your application is successful, attendance and academic performance will be monitored. The expected levels are 95% attendance and a 2:1 average. You will need to consider this carefully when accepting your award.

    Selection Process

    A Selection Panel will award the Stoneygate Awards to those candidates who best satisfy the Bursary criteria, as outlined in the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions.

    All decisions by the Selection Panel are final.

    Application Process

    Applications must consist of a fully completed Application Form and any additional documentation that is required to support your application.

    Please read the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions carefully, before completing your application.

    Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions

    Scholarships Application Form

    Applicants should email their completed applications and supporting documents to DARScholarships@ntu.ac.uk before the deadline.

    Deadline for the Stoneygate Award Programme

    4:00 pm BST (British Summer Time) on 06 September 2020. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

    NTU will notify successful applicants by 19 October 2020 and unsuccessful applicants by 30 October 2020.

Scholarships

  • NTU Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships

    The University will offer two NTU Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships for undergraduate entry in September 2020. These will be for new students from an asylum-seeking background who do not have access to Student Finance from the UK government. Scholarship recipients will each be awarded a full tuition fee waiver and a £3,000 bursary award towards course and travel costs for each year of their academic course.

    Please email article26@ntu.ac.uk to request a link to the scheme Guidance notes and Application form.

  • Sport Scholarships

    We offer a number of scholarship awards each year to student athletes from a range of different sports. Find out more on our sport pages.

  • Music Scholarships

    We also offer several scholarships to cover the cost of music tuition. Any student who is or will be studying at NTU can apply, and you can find out more on our music pages.

  • International Scholarships

    Please see our international student pages for information about our scholarships for international and EU students.

  • Lyn and Sue Grenville-Mathers Scholarship

    Thanks to the generous support of our Alumni and Friends, Nottingham Trent University has established the Lyn and Sue Grenville-Mathers Scholarship and is proud to offer five awards of £1,000, for first-year students who need help with meeting the costs of studying at University.

    These prestigious awards are open to applications from students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in September 2020. Each Award is worth £1,000.

    Eligibility

    Students making an application for this award must:

    • Be a UK home student assessed as paying UK/EU tuition fees and be undertaking their first degree with Nottingham Trent University;
    • Have selected Nottingham Trent University as their firm choice institution;
    • Have applied to study a full-time, undergraduate course starting in September 2020, and be in receipt of a conditional firm or firm offer from Nottingham Trent University, by 31 July 2020;
    • Are from an area of socio-economic disadvantage as defined by ACORN Data. *

    * The University has already identified this for you through your UCAS application.

    Selection Process

    A Selection Panel will award the Scholarships to those applicants who best satisfy the Scholarship criteria, as outlined in the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions.

    All decisions by the Selection Panel are final.

    Application Process

    Applications must consist of a fully completed Application Form and any additional documentation that is required to support your application.

    Please read the Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions carefully, before completing your application.

    Donor-funded Scholarships and Bursaries Terms and Conditions

    Scholarships Application Form

    Applicants should email their completed applications and supporting documents to DARScholarships@ntu.ac.uk before the deadline.

    Deadline for the Graduate Scholarships

    4:00 pm BST (British Summer Time) on 06 September 2020 – Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

    NTU will notify successful applicants within four weeks of beginning their course at NTU.

Note: Due to a change in databases to determine areas of disadvantage, applicants eligibility will now be assessed using IMD and POLAR data.

Hardship funds

Visit our Student Services pages to find out about the Discretionary Hardship Fund, Trusts and Charities which help students having financial difficulty, and other hardship funds.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions, please call +44 (0)115 848 2494 or email the Student Financial Support Service.

Still need help?

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