Scholarships FAQ

The statement of support is your opportunity to present yourself to the Scholarships Office and demonstrate why you deserve a scholarship to study at the University of Westminster. In writing your supporting statement, you should seek to describe the qualities that you think make you an outstanding applicant.

Most of our scholarships are awarded on one or more of three main criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • financial need
  • development potential (for international students only)

Your supporting statement should therefore address:

  • how you meet the criteria
  • what you expect to gain from studying your course
  • how you intend to use your experience and knowledge in the future
  • your professional experience and career aspirations

UK/EU undergraduate students

If you are a UK/EU student applying for an undergraduate scholarship, the supporting statement should make a case for what you can bring to the University in addition to your academic capabilities and what makes you a suitable scholarship candidate. Please note that we are looking to the future, so simply listing past achievements is not sufficient.

International students applying for full scholarships only

In addition to demonstrating academic excellence and financial need, if you are an international student applying for one of our full scholarships, you also need to evidence ‘development potential’ and explain, specifically and in detail, how you will use the knowledge and experience gained from your course in the development of your community/ region/nation upon your return to your home country after completing the degree.

The reference letter should be written by someone who knows you well in either an academic or professional capacity, ie a teacher, lecturer or employer. It should be written, where possible, on the headed paper of the school, university, organisation or company and be included with your application in a sealed envelope.

The reference provided as part of your scholarship application should be written specifically in support for your scholarship application. You should not use the same reference letter that you used for your course application, although you can use the same referee to write both references.

The referee should provide their views on why your academic abilities, personal qualities and financial circumstances would make you a suitable recipient for a scholarship. It may therefore be useful to discuss your plans with your referee now, before you apply, so that they are more fully able to comment on your plans, goals and capabilities.

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. 

All scholarship applications are screened to ensure the basic eligibility criteria for the scholarships selected have been met. If we find that you do not meet the requirements you will be informed via email.

Please note applications that do meet the criteria for our scholarships will be assessed and shortlisted once the application deadline for the relevant scholarship intake has passed.

All decisions regarding the awarding of scholarships are made by the University’s Scholarships Assessment and Awarding Group. This comprises academic staff from across the University and non-academic staff from many departments including the Scholarships office, Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing Services, the Student Advice Service and scholarship partners. All are very experienced and make the awarding decision based on the criteria for the scholarship and the case you make.

Once a decision has been made, we will let you know as soon as possible by email.

Please note the Scholarships team or the Scholarships Assessment and Awarding Group will not enter into individual correspondence with a student, neither before nor after a decision has been made. The decision of the Group is final, and not open to appeal. Lobbying a member of the Group will make you ineligible for any scholarship.

If you are awarded a scholarship you will be informed by email initially. On confirmation of receipt of the email, you will be sent an official letter from the Scholarships office giving you the details of your award. All official arrangements will be made with you directly.

You will be required to formally accept the scholarship and its terms and conditions by signing the contract that is sent with your awarding letter.

The continuation of all scholarships is based on satisfactory academic performance plus other progression criteria, the exact nature of which will be described in your award letter and Terms of Agreement.

The scholarship can only be used for the course and academic year it was awarded though in exceptional circumstances, a change of course may be considered. If you defer your year of entry the scholarship offer is withdrawn and you must then reapply.

You will be informed of your rejection as soon as possible by email. If you are rejected, you cannot reapply for a Westminster scholarship for two calendar years. For example, if your application for September 2015 is rejected, the next scholarships programme you can apply for is September 2017.

Please refer to the appendices located just below the scholarships information box on the webpage of the particular scholarship you are interested in, which appears in a drop down box. Alternatively, the appendices are also located at the back of our scholarships brochure for the countries included under specific regions.

The Graduate School offers a number of studentships for PhD students. For further information on funding at the PhD level visit the research studentships web page or email [email protected].

Your eight-digit reference number can be found at the top of your course offer letter or email from the University and must be included on your scholarship application. If you are applying for an undergraduate degree, you can also use your UCAS application number found on all UCAS correspondence.

Closed scholarships are run jointly with our partner organisations who nominate suitable applicants for consideration. We therefore do not accept direct applications for these scholarships. If you have any questions, please contact the partner organisation directly.

No, our scholarships do not cover the expense of a Foundation year and students that have been awarded a scholarship must meet the conditions of their course offer prior to benefitting from the scholarship. (ie IELTS , Foundation Year, Pre-sessional English courses).

All of the scholarships listed on our webpages are only open to applicants that have not yet started their studies at the University of Westminster. The only exceptions to this are the travel grants that we offer, the Quintin Hogg – English as an Additonal Lanugage Scholarhsip, and the Quintin Hogg - Outreach in Session Scholarship

Yes, we are happy to accept scholarship applications from transfer students as long as you apply within the set deadlines and before you start your studies here.


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