Scholarships which are not tied to specific universities

Unfortunately it is not yet common knowledge that there are a lot of university scholarships and grants available which are open to all students, regardless of the university they are studying at or their subject choice. Fortunately, you are one of the lucky people reading this article, so you have the opportunity to take advantage of this knowledge before it becomes commonplace!

However, having said that, there are very few scholarships which are completely open to everyone, as the awards are often tied in with the charitable objectives of the particular organisations. So whilst these scholarships are not tied to a particular university or subject, they might be looking for particular personal circumstances, achievements or interests in their scholars, which meet with the organisations charitable objectives.

Here is a small selection of those currently on our database. To find more, visit our database and select “No specific university” as the Institution and “No specific subject” as the Course.

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Applicants must be undertaking their first degree and be a close family member of a Commercial Traveller, Chemist or Grocer. Up to £3,000 a year for undergraduate awards and up to £5,000 for postgraduate.

The Yorkshire Ladies Council for Education
Women over the age of 21 who must have a place at a British University and be unable to finance it themselves.

The Southwark Scholarship Scheme
Students who have been resident in Southwark for a minimum of three years and have a household income of less than £22,500. You must have a good academic record and have made a positive contribution to the community of Southwark.

Global Study Awards
Worth up to £10,000 these awards are designed to encourage young people to study abroad as part of their tertiary studies in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the potential to contribute to society through their studies; a strong commitment to developing their career; a sincere interest in increasing intercultural understanding and exchange.

Idealo Scholarship for Pioneers of Tomorrow
Open to students of all nationalities at both Postgraduate and Undergraduate level. Applicants have to submit an essay about using social media to get a job after university.

Vegetarian Charity Grant
Applicants must be vegetarian and in financial need.

The Reid Trust Bursaries
Applicants should be women who have been educated in Britain at secondary or tertiary level, or both, and who wish to pursue further training, education or research in the United Kingdom at any appropriate educational establishment. Applicants do not need to have been born in Britain. Worth up to £1,000

Lambeth Resident’s Grants
If you have lived in Lambeth for a year or more and come from a low income household you may be eligible for some additional funding to help with higher education.

Kitchener University Scholarship
Applicants must be a British subject and have served, or be the son or daughter of a parent who has at any time served or is serving on a full time engagement in HM Armed Forces

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