University Scholarships at the University of Glasgow

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University Scholarships at the University of Glasgow offer Access Bursary's, International Scholarship Programmes, Alumni Discounts and subject specific scholarships to both new students and students currently studying at the University of Glasgow.

As well as University of Glasgow scholarships consider Free University Scholarships at the University of Nottingham, Scholarships for African Americans at the University of Oxford, Scholarships for Single Mothers at the London School of Economics, Free Scholarships for International Students at the University of Birmingham, Free Scholarships at Bradford University and International Undergraduate Scholarships from the University of Westminster.

The Access Bursary is an award made to students who would not be able to attend university (access university) without additional funding due to financial hardship, possibly the student is a single parent or has no help from parents or is otherwise unable to claim any other funding.

The Access Bursary is for undergraduate students (students on their first degree) and awards 2,000 to 3,000 in the students first year of study and 1,000 to 2,000 for further years of study. The money is given as a cash payment directly to the student who can spend it on whatever they like from accommodation to food and living costs or paying for tuition or course materials.

The Access Bursary is awarded to talented students who without these funds would be unable to come and study at the University of Glasgow. Students looking to apply for this scholarship will need to be UK citizens living in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, note that whilst the University of Glasgow is based in Scotland this award is open to all students and not just Scottish students.

There are also some additional criteria which include students needing to be on an undergraduate course at the university and paying tuition fess of 9,000 per year, students must also have a household income of less than 42,600 a year, that's all people in the household mother or father, brother or sister, husband or wife, if the family unit you live with earns less than 42,600 a year then you can apply for this award.

Nursing students cannot apply for the Access Bursary but could instead apply for these Nursing Scholarships. It's worth noting that if you are given the Access Bursary and then you fail any year of your studies and need to repeat the year you won't be able to get the bursary for the year you must repeat (because you will already have been awarded the bursary once already for that year), should you then pass the repeated year you will be able to claim a bursary for the next year of study.

As a student of the University of Glasgow you will automatically be considered for this bursary when you make your application, this works best when you have registered with the Student Loan Company because your financial details are passed directly to the university so that the university is made aware that you are suffering financial hardship and need assistance.

The UK government wishes to increase the number of graduates in aeronautical engineering to fulfil the current skills gap and to do this a bursary scheme has been established to allow students who have a first degree and would not normally be able to finance their studies on a MSc course to continue their education in the aeronautical engineering fields. It's not only the UK government backing this plan to increase aeronautical engineering skills in the UK but also the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). The financial award provides money to students to increase their skills in aeronautical engineering (from other forms of engineering like mechanical engineering or allied fields), preference will be given to students who are already working in the UK aerospace industries (to increase the skills for those already in the industry).

Each year five hundred students are given this award to study for an MSc degree in aeronautical engineering. UK universities like the University of Glasgow which are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society are able to offer this bursary. This is a taught postgraduate degree (as opposed to a postgraduate research degree) so you will have formal learning as well as project based work rather than all research or project based work. The bursary is worth 9,500 and the first five hundred eligible students (students with an aeronautical background and a suitable Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree).

The MSc degree programmes that you can take to get this bursary include the MSc in Aeronautical Engineering Aerospace Systems or the MSc in Physics (Advanced Materials), students will be assessed on their strong motivation to the study of an aeronautical degree so interest in the subject and prior experience will stand you in good stead as will currently working for an aeronautical company or an aeronautical supplier company in the UK.

The student does not have to be currently employed in the aeronautical sector and can win the bursary by showing practical aerospace skills and interest or the offer of a job in the aerospace industry on successfully completing the course. As well as being awarded a bursary this programme will introduce students to relevant aeronautical employers both for work experience and employment on graduation, this bursary programme not only offers the money to study but ensures that you have the right skills that aeronautical engineering employers are looking for and with the introductions to employers, graduating students can be assured of employment after their studies.

The bursary is available for international students as well as domestic UK students and European students.

The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme is available to students studying at the University of Glasgow and provides money for postgraduate scholarships for students from developing countries who have no financial support of their own and would be unable to take up a place of study at the University of Glasgow were it not for the scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to prepare students for work within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) these are private international development agencies whose mission is to improve the welfare of people living in the developing world especially Africa and Asia.

The Aga Khan scholarship is most often awarded for master's degree students but not exclusively as PhD students have also been successful in gaining the scholarship. PhD students will need to be recommended by academic staff as an outstanding student who should be allowed to continue his or her studies to the postgraduate PhD level. Only MSc and PhD degree courses are considered for funding by the Aga Khan Foundation, short courses are not suitable for funding, additionally a student must not have started their MSc or PhD degree before they have applied for funding (else the funding will be refused simply because they have already started the course).

The postgraduate degree can be either a taught degree or a research degree, students will receive the scholarship in two halves, fifty percent of the scholarship award will be as a grant that does not have to be paid back and the other fifty percent will be awarded as a loan which has to be paid back by working for the Aga Khan Foundation Development Network (AKDN), note that if you are able to pay the loan back then there will be no requirement to work for the AKDN although this scholarship is designed to encourage students to do just that.

The students tuition fees and living expenses (food, accommodation, clothes etc.) are included in the scholarship award but travel is not included, AKF scholarships that are used to fund a PhD degree only cover the first two years of the degree, further years of the PhD must be self-funded, this is a marked difference from the MSc funding which covers all years of student and for which this scholarship is ideally aimed.

Interestingly and very unusually the AKF scholarships prefer candidates that have been refused funding elsewhere, meaning the funding available is to help students that just cannot get funding for their MSc or PhD degrees from any other source.

Students wishing to apply for a Aga Khan scholarship will need to be resident in one of the following countries prior to their application India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Madagascar. However students resident in the following countries UK, USA , Portugal, France and Canada who can show interest in development roles and study and have exhausted (and been turned down for) other sources of funding may apply for the Aga Khan scholarship.

Students applying for the scholarship will need to show good academic results at the first degree level as well as genuine financial need as the scholarship is awarded both on academic merit and financial need, your need to have applied for and been accepted (but not yet started) at the University of Glasgow. Students will need to show how their chosen subject area at MSc or PhD can contribute to the subject areas of the Aga Khan Foundation which are improving quality of life, built environment, urban and rural improvements, food security, economic opportunity, culture, music, architecture and the arts, these are really wide and far ranging subjects, so on your application form you will be able to include an essay of how your chosen subject area can positively contribute to the AK subject areas.

The student will also need to provide academic plans for how they will contribute to the work of the Aga Khan in a foreign country on graduation (most students will need to work off the fifty percent loan given by the Aga Khan foundation by working for the foundation in a developing country). The student will also need to show extra-curricular activities and interests to demonstrate that they have a genuine interest in supporting developing countries, this might be through country charity work with developing countries or other project based work aimed to help a developing country.

Student's will need to demonstrate some form of work experience in their chosen academic field, this may be a summer job or employment prior to starting their postgraduate degree, the Aga Khan foundation typically award scholarships to those under thirty years of age. As well as completing the application form, shortlisted students will be interviewed by a scholarship committee and be sent to Geneva, Switzerland on an all expenses trip for the short listing process.

The University of Glasgow offer several Alumni Discount programmes like the Adam Smith Business School Alumni Discount here students who have studied to master's degree level at the University of Glasgow and wish to go onto study for a business degree at the University of Glasgow's Adam Smith Business School will receive a ten percent discount on course fees if they continue their study. University of Glasgow Alumni receive the ten percent discount on all postgraduate degrees on a variety of study modes including full time, part time, distance learning and online study.

To be eligible for the ten percent discount University of Glasgow alumni students will need to have completed a research degree at the university's College of Social Science at the Master's degree level and must not have been given any other scholarships from the University of Glasgow, note that other scholarships or bursaries not given to the student by the University of Glasgow will not count against the student in gaining this award.

The discount is available to all international and domestic students from the UK, Europe and worldwide, students don't need to apply for this discount directly as it is awarded to all eligible students applying for the PhD degree programme.

Alumni discounts are also available for University of Glasgow students applying to do a postgraduate degree at the social sciences department or who have completed a Study Abroad programme at the university.

There is also a fifteen percent discount to students who wish to study for an undergraduate degree (fist degree) at the University of Glasgow who should have previously attended a Baconhouse School, these schools are the largest privately owned education systems operating in Pakistan.