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Bedford Society Scholarships

Bedford Society Scholarships

These three scholarships are awarded to new full-time or part-time students with Home or International fee status who are studying for a taught Masters degree within one of the academic departments listed below.

They are funded by the alumni and friends of Bedford College, one of the founding colleges of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College. Formed in 2013, the Bedford Society aims to ensure the spirit of Bedford College lives on by providing new scholars with access to financial support and opportunities for networking.

Scholarships are offered as a tuition fee reduction of £8,100.

Am I eligible?

You must have achieved, or be on target to achieve, a First Class Honours degree or equivalent.

You must have a conditional or unconditional offer to study a taught Masters course within: 

  • Department of Classics
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Law and Criminology
  • Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Health Studies
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Psychology

 How do I apply?

Applications for 2022 entry are closed. Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application after 26 July 2022.


You must provide a supporting statement of no more than 400 words, which should include: 

  • Academic achievements you are particularly proud of and why these really matter to you.
  • Why you have chosen to do the degree you have applied for. 
  • What your future aspirations are and how the scholarship will help you to achieve your future goals.
  • It should also demonstrate an enthusiastic and authentic spirit of enquiry and indicate clearly how this scholarship would help you share and advance knowledge of future generations. 

Your statement will be judged on how effectively and convincingly you respond to the above. Please note that statements that exceed the word count will automatically be rejected.

As well as your statement, you will need to upload your most recent grades transcript from your undergraduate degree. Any applications that are submitted without an uploaded transcript will be rejected.


Candidates will be selected based on academic achievement and a scholarship statement (400 words). Along with the scholarship statement, applicants will need to upload their most recent grades transcript from your undergraduate degree. 


These scholarships are offered as a tuition fee reduction of £8,100. For part-time students, this will be split over two years (first two years of study only).

Where an award is made, exceptionally, to applicants on a two-year full-time Masters course, no additional payment or tuition fee remission is offered in the second year of a two-year Masters degree.

Students who receive full fee reduction as part of this award will not be able to avail any tuition fee discounts (including alumni discounts) in conjunction with this scholarship. Please refer to Tuition Fee Discounts (section 5) of the full terms and conditions document for more details.

Please note: Only students applying to study for their first Masters degree will be considered for this scholarship.

Where an award is made to applicants on a two-year Masters course, no additional payment or tuition fee remission is offered in the second year of a two-year Masters degree.

For Home fee students, where the scholarship provides a full tuition fee reduction, students will not be eligible for any other tuition fee discount, for example the alumni discount. This also applies to International fee students in receipt of the EU fee reduction scholarship.

For International fee students, or Home students whose course fees exceed £8,100, other discounts such as the alumni discount will apply, with the discount applied after the scholarship.  

Read our full terms and conditions.

If you have any queries please email 

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