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The Gent-Rust scholarships

The Gent-Rust scholarships

The donors Mr and Mrs Gent are funding a scholarship for new full-time or part-time UK Masters students to support their study at Royal Holloway, alleviating some of the financial burden of undertaking studies here.

The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee reduction of up to the value of £10,000 (If the tuition fee is less than £10,000 the scholarship will only cover the value of the tuition fee).

Am I eligible?

This scholarship is open to a new full-time or part-time student from the UK, applying for one of the following degrees and expected to have achieved, or are on target to achieve, a 2:1 or higher:

Biological Sciences

  • MSc Biological Science by Research

Computer Science

  • MSc Computer Science by Research
  • MSc Data Science and Analytics

Earth Sciences

  • MSc Energy Geosciences


  • MSc Economics

Electronic Engineering

  • MSc Engineering Management
  • MSc Electronic Engineering by Research

Information Security

  • MSc Information Security


  • MSc Mathematics of Cryptography and Communication
  • MSc Mathematics for Applications


  • MSc Physics by Research

How do I apply?

You must apply via our online system Royal Holloway Direct, where you will be able to complete your statement and upload any required documents including your grades transcript.

The deadline for applications is 23 July, 2021.

Your statement should be no longer than 400 words and should include: 

  • academic achievements and other activities you are particularly proud of and why these really matter to you
  • why have you chosen to do the degree you have applied for 
  • what are your future aspirations and how will the scholarship help you achieve these and contribute to society
  • from a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education
  • state any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.

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

It is expected that you have achieved, or are on target to achieve, a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, and would not have the means to undertake the proposed course of study without this scholarship. You will need to demonstrate this in the application.

The strength of your previous academic background will also be considered. This will be assessed via the documents submitted as part of your degree application. Considerable importance will be attached to what you have done and hope to do in areas outside the field of their studies.


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.

The tuition fee reduction will be spilt and awarded in the first 2 years for part-time students.

All recipients of the Gent Rust Scholarship are required to commit to participating in the following activities:

  • Produce a ‘Student profile’ to be featured on Royal Holloway’s website and in publications such as the prospectus;
  • Help to promote scholarships and their respective academic department

(Scholars may be asked to participate in occasional promotional activities and to be interviewed, photographed and/or filmed by the university for promotional purposes.  Prior consent of the scholars will be requested in advance for this);

  • Provide letter of thanks to the Donor;
  • Meet the Donor on at least one occasion during each academic year;
  • Provide a summary of their experiences and future hopes at the end of their course;
  • Agree that Royal Holloway can share their final classification with the Donor.

Read our full terms and conditions.

If you have any queries please email

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