On this page you will find some useful information to make applying for one of our scholarships as simple as possible.
Once you have read all of the information on this page and are ready to find out more about how to make a scholarship application, you can visit our How to apply page.
Course offers and scholarships
You can only apply for a scholarship once you have applied for admission for a place on the course you wish to study and been offered either a conditional or unconditional offer. We cannot accept any scholarship application without an admissions offer.
Guidance on how to apply for admission can be found on these pages:
it can take from four to six weeks to get a course offer. So you should apply for admission to your chosen course/s at least six weeks before the relevant scholarship application deadline date.
Most offers of scholarships will be made conditional on students achieving required grades, which are usually of a higher standard than the entry requirements for the course.
Expectations of academic excellence and creativity may vary slightly from course to course, depending on course entry standards. This is to ensure that scholarships are fairly spread across the University’s courses and not clustered in high-entry qualification areas.
Eligibility for scholarships
Each of our scholarships has its own set of eligibility criteria which you should check carefully to make sure you are eligible before you apply. In addition to checking the specific criteria for the scholarship/s you wish to apply for, you should also check the general eligibility criteria for Westminster’s scholarship programme, and pay close attention to the application deadlines.
As a general rule of thumb for all applicants, the higher the value of the scholarship the more competitive the application process is. So we advise you to choose carefully which scholarship you apply for based on whether you meet the eligibility criteria and your true level of financial need.
Please note: you are only able to apply for ONE type of scholarship, so please do not submit any other applications forms for any other level of funding. Submission of multiple applications (for example, one for half fee scholarship and one for a part fee award) will result in an automatic rejection, because your financial need is unclear. Please only apply for the scholarship that best suits your financial circumstances.
Documentation you need to apply
As well as completing the relevant Scholarship application form, you will need to provide the following supporting documentation:
- A copy of the letter/email from the University of Westminster confirming your conditional or unconditional offer of a place on your chosen course.
- An official copy of your transcript from your most recent/current academic study.
- A reference letter written specifically in support of your scholarship application. This should be written by a previous tutor, professor, academic or employer (where relevant to your chosen degree course) and cannot be the same reference provided as part of your admission application.
Please note: certified translations of any supporting documents written in languages other than English must be provided. Please do not send your own personal copies or originals of documents as we are unable to return these to you.
The Scholarships Office at the University of Westminster requires that, with some exceptions, each scholarship should have a voluntary hour requirement.
The purpose of these volunteering hours is to encourage the student to give back to the University and the local community. This benefits the community and also encourages students to involve themselves in activities outside of their studies.
If you have more questions about your volunteering hours or want to find more information, see our volunteering guidance page.
Paying the £4,000 deposit as as international scholarship applicant
The University’s deposits scheme for international students means that if you hold an unconditional offer you will be required to make a payment of £4,000 before you are given a student visa support letter, which may be used to apply for your visa for entry to the UK.
As a scholarship applicant, you can wait until you know the outcome of your scholarship application before paying this deposit. It is recommended that you check with the UK Visas and Immigration on how long it takes to process visas during the June to August period. If you are awarded a full scholarship or a full fee scholarship you will not be required to pay this deposit and your admissions office will be notified of this. If you are awarded a half fee or part fee scholarship, you will be required to pay the £4,000 deposit.
If you’re coming to Westminster to study regardless of whether or not you get a scholarship, you should try and pay the deposit as soon as possible. If you are later awarded a scholarship that includes full tuition fee costs, you will be entitled to a refund of this deposit.
For more information on how to pay your fees, please visit the paying your fees page.