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Brian Harris Scholarship

Brian Harris Scholarship

Two scholarships are available offering £10,000 each to provide a fee reduction with any remaining funds going towards living, research and travel costs over the same period. 

It was established by entrepreneur Brian Harris to provide an opportunity for a student from a low-income background to study a Masters degree in History.

Brian was the first in his family to go to university. He was inspired to study history by his school teachers and was initially attracted to Royal Holloway’s beautiful Founder’s Building and its rural surroundings. After his undergraduate studies he decided to stay on to study a Masters, to boost his CV and to help him stand out from the crowd in the employment market.

Brian said: “Royal Holloway made a huge difference to my life. I was from a poor background. My father was a manual worker. I am sure that without my years of study at Royal Holloway I would never have been able to achieve so much in my life.

"My subsequent business successes have given me the means, and some might say the privilege, to help others. I am very keen to try and level the playing field for the more disadvantaged students, as I studied in an era of free higher education and am deeply conscious that, had the present day funding structure existed then, I doubt whether I would ever have studied for a degree, let alone a Masters.”

Read Brian's full interview here.

Am I eligible?

You must be a full or part-time student from the UK applying for any taught masters degree within the School of Humanities.

You are expected to have achieved, or be on target to achieve, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent, with preference given to those with, or expected to achieve, a First Class Honours Degree. 

You must be able to demonstrate financial need.

You must also hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study at Royal Holloway.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted through RH Direct by 11.59pm (UK time) on Saturday 30 April 2022. Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application after Saturday 14 May 2022.

Applications must include the following:

A scholarship statement covering the following points with no more than 100 words per question (please note that statements that exceed the word count will automatically be rejected):

  • How and why you feel you qualify for the scholarship
  • What outcome do you wish for from completing a Masters in Humanities?
  • Details of your career plans and how your degree will help you fulfil your goals
  • Details of what you think you gained from your undergraduate degree
  • Details of your educational background prior to your undergraduate degree
  • Details of both your academic and personal background, including financial need
  • Evidence of resilience e.g. an example of a difficult period in your life, how you overcame it and what you learnt from your experience
  • How you will give back to the university community.

Your statement will be judged on how effectively and convincingly you respond to the above.

The following must also be provided:

  • Evidence of the financial support you received at undergraduate level and the basis on which this was received and why. The sources this could be from are: Student Finance England, Student Awards Agency Scotland, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, University funded bursary, where this has been awarded on the basis of financial need.
  • Evidence of having achieved or expected to achieve a 2.1 or First Class undergraduate degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to those with a First Class degree.
  • An up to date CV
  • You must provide two written academic references (up to 200 words each). These must be from academics who have previously supported, taught or worked with you. Please ask the academic to email their reference letter (on official headed paper) directly to RHPS@rhul.ac.uk.
  • The piece of work from your undergraduate degree that you are most proud of.
  • 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.

Eligibility

This scholarship is open to new UK students applying for one of the postgraduate taught courses in the School of Humanities and expected to have achieved, or are on target to achieve, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent.

Allocation

Students must submit a completed scholarship application form by the deadline, specified annually. This includes writing a scholarship statement, uploading evidence of having achieved or expected to achieve a 2.1 or First Class undergraduate degree or equivalent, two academic references to support the scholarship application, evidence of the financial support received at UG level and the basis on which this was received and why. The sources, for evidence of financial support received, could be from: Student Finance England, Student Awards Agency Scotland, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, University funded bursary, where this has been awarded on the basis of financial need. An up to date CV will also be required along with a piece of work that the applicant is most proud of, from their undergraduate degree. The scholarship statement should provide strong evidence of the applicant’s career plan, and identify how a Masters qualification will help to leverage that. The academic references should be emailed to RHPS@rhul.ac.uk (please refer to the Application Guidelines on the website for more details on this). The donors will also be involved in the decision-making process for this scholarship.

Before starting their application, students are encouraged to read the  Application Guidelines on the website.

Payment

The scholarship is £10,000 to cover tuition fees and any remainder as a contribution towards living, research and travel costs. The scholarship will offer tuition fee reduction of £10,000 and any remainder will be paid directly, in equal termly instalments, to the recipient as a contribution towards living, research and travel costs. For part-time students, this will be split over two years. This scholarship is only available for one year of study for full-time students, and for 2 years of study for part-time students. No additional payment is offered in any following years if the duration of the programme is longer than one year for full-time students, or longer than 2 years for part-time students.

If the tuition fee is more than £10,000, this award will offer a £10,000 tuition fee reduction; no cash payments will be made in such cases. For part-time students, the £10,000 fee reduction will be split over 2 years of study.

Read our full terms and conditions.

If you have any queries please contact rhps@rhul.ac.uk 

 

 

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