Scholarships and bursaries
If you have any questions about the scholarships below, please contact the Student Funding team (within Student Finance and Welfare) at email@example.com or call (0116) 257 7595, select option 3, then select option 2.
Access to Higher Education Scholarship
We are offering £1,000 cash per year (excluding placement years) to home students studying full time and paying a tuition fee of £9,000 or £9,250. The Access to Higher Education Scholarship is available if you are accepted onto a course with an Access to HE qualification (where it is an entry requirement for the course). Bursary and scholarship terms and conditions apply.
There is no separate application process for the Access Scholarship. Eligible students are automatically identified and contacted before they start their studies at DMU.
The Ian and Clare Mattioli Scholarship
Applications have closed for 2023/24. The scholarship will reopen in 2026.
This scholarship is generously funded by the Ian and Clare Mattioli Charitable Trust and provides financial support for students from low/medium income families, or disadvantaged backgrounds, with an award of £3,000 per year (for a maximum three years).
These awards aim to support students from lower income or disadvantaged backgrounds, easing financial pressures so that students can balance study and external pressures, allowing them to achieve their full potential.
The eligibility criteria are:
- You must be a new UK student, starting a full-time undergraduate degree in September 2023.
- You are being charged the full tuition fees. These are not being paid (in full or part) by a sponsor or any other professional body.
- Applications will be prioritised where household Income has been assessed by student finance as £25,000 or below.
- You've not studied in higher education previously. Only applicants with exceptional circumstances could be considered outside these criteria.
- You must be enrolled on, and attending an eligible course when the payments are made. Students who transfer to a non-eligible course will cease to be eligible and payments will be prorated up to the point of eligibility.
- Scholarships are not normally paid during repeat years of study.
Terms and conditions
- This scholarship is not transferrable.
- Student funding record must be in a position for the scholarship allocation to be made and paid, as the bursary element of the scholarship is normally paid directly into a student's bank account by the SLC on behalf of DMU. This means that the following criteria must have been met:
- Your completed student finance application must have been assessed and finalised by SFE, SFW, SFNI, SAAS (no income related awards will be awarded on provisional financial assessments)
- You must have signed and returned your student declaration form to the SLC.
- Your SFE, SFW, SFNI, SAAS record must be available to DMU. Therefore you must have given student finance permission* for your information to be shared with the university.
- You must ensure that your parents/sponsors have given student finance their permission for their information to be shared with DMU. Permission/consent from you and/or your parents can be given by calling SFE on 0300 100 0612
- The data held on your student finance record must meet the award eligibility criteria.
- Once deemed eligible for the award, if your SFE record is not in a position for allocation and/or payment to be made, your payment will be delayed or not made at all.
- The bursary element of the scholarship will be paid in instalments in line with DMU’s normal Bursary and Scholarship payment schedule.
- Any scholarship/bursary payments made by DMU/ Student Loans Company (SLC) after a student has interrupted their studies or withdrawn from the university will normally be recovered from the student.
- Any bursary or scholarship payment made by DMU/ SLC in error OR paid as a result of false information submitted will normally be recovered from the student.
- If a payment is not received, it is the responsibility of the student to urgently contact the Student Finance and Welfare team at DMU, so that the non-payment can be investigated. The deadline for the payment of scholarships is the end of the summer term. For the next academic year this will be 14 June 2024. No further awards will be made after this date. Please note: do NOT leave any queries about non-payment until the deadline, as it may take time to investigate and resolve your query.
- Payments are triggered via DMU returning a positive registration and attendance confirmations at the relevant points. This process is carried out automatically on your behalf. Students whose SFE, SFW, SFNI, SAAS record is not in a position to have their attendance confirmed will experience a delay in payment.
- DMU reserves the right to revise or amend these eligibility criteria and terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. The information provided above must be used in conjunction with award specific information on our Scholarships and Bursaries.
Unite Foundation Scholarship
The Unite Foundation Scholarship is now open for 2023/24.
The Unite Foundation Scholarship is jointly offered by De Montfort University and the Unite Foundation. The scholarship offers care leaver and estranged students a free student bedroom in Newarke Point for a maximum of three years of eligible study.
The Unite Foundation Scholarship webpage contains more information and eligibility criteria.
The Stoneygate Scholarship
The Stoneygate Trust Scholarship is dedicated to providing DMU students from a low income or disadvantaged background with monetary awards that will assist them in obtaining at least a grade of 2:1 in their degree programme.
Stoneygate Trust funding will help 3 students from disadvantaged backgrounds per year for the next 3 intakes of students. The scholarship will provide £3,000 per academic year from the trust, with an additional £1,000 per academic year drawn from existing DMU funds.
Personal circumstances bursaries
If you have any questions about the bursaries below, please contact a member of the Transitions Team (within Student Finance and Welfare) on (0116) 257 7872/ 7825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article 26 Scholarship
Students seeking asylum in the UK are not able to apply for funding from the Student Loans Company and are charged international student fees. DMU offers eight Article 26 Scholarships for undergraduate students unable to access funding.
Please note: the Article 26 Scholarship is only available to students looking to start an undergraduate level programme.
The Article 26 Scholarship consists of:
- A full fee waiver for the duration of the course
- Plus a £3,500 contribution towards living costs per year (or £500 if you are in the care of your local authority)
- One Article 26 Scholarship recipient will also be eligible for free accommodation in a DMU hall of residence for three years (subject to availability). The recipient must be under the age of 25 on 1 September 2021 to receive this element.
The Article 26 Scholarship webpage contains more information on eligibility and how to apply.
Care Leavers' Bursary
We are offering £1,000 cash per year to home students studying full time and paying a tuition fee of £9,000 or £9,250. The Care Leavers' Bursary is available to eligible students who come to the University directly from care.
Bursary and scholarship terms and conditions apply.
Estranged Students' Bursary
We are offering £1,000 cash per year to home students studying full time and paying a tuition fee of £9,000 or £9,250. The Estranged Students' Bursary is available to eligible students who are estranged from their family and have no other source of income.
Bursary and scholarship terms and conditions apply.