Leeds Scholarships

How to apply

Please complete the online application form.

Number of scholarships available

There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Further information

Eligibility criteria

You must: 
  • Have no prior experience of higher education (this includes existing students studying at undergraduate level one or above).
  • Be a UK student applying for entry in 2022 into level one on a full-time funded undergraduate degree course at the University of Leeds (you must subsequently take up a place and remain on an eligible degree programme).
  • Be liable for the full UK undergraduate fees without receiving a subsidy from outside the University (eg a government grant to cover all or part of the tuition fees or a scholarship directly from business).
  • Be eligible to receive a UK student maintenance loan from Student Finance England, Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Finance NI or Student Finance Wales (please note, those assessed as an EU migrant worker are ineligible to apply). You can apply for a means-tested scholarship before your eligibility assessment has been finalised by the relevant awarding body.
  • Come from a household with an annual income which has been assessed as being £42,875 per year or below. (Note that you can apply for this scholarship before your household income assessment has been finalised by Student Finance England).
  • Not be in receipt of any other scholarship or bursary (eg scholarship holders will not receive Leeds Bursary alongside a scholarship based on household income).

Selection criteria

When selecting scholarship recipients our short-listing takes into account a range of indicators which may show that an applicant is from a less-advantaged background; these indicators include, but are not limited to:

  • Students who have progressed to Leeds after successfully completing access routes (such as Access to Leeds, Reach for Excellence, Realising Opportunities or a Foundation Year).
  • Students who are part of the first generation in their family to enter higher education.
  • Students whose studies have been disrupted by circumstances in their personal, social or domestic lives.
  • Students who live in a geographical area with low levels of progression onto higher education.
  • Students who have experienced time in local authority care or kinship care or who are estranged from both of their parents.
  • Students with caring responsibilities.
  • Students who have been recognised as a refugee by the UK government, or have been granted humanitarian protection status, or students who are the partner or child of someone who has been granted refugee or humanitarian protection status.


Alongside the funding, you'll have access to one-to-one support and advice sessions, group workshops, mentoring opportunities, social events and monthly newsletters updating you on relevant activity on and off campus through the Plus Programme.

Year of entry