UCL Research




Windsor Fellowship is working with UCL to launch a new scholarships programme to support BME postgraduate research degree students – The UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS). The scheme offers full financial support and a skills development programme, both designed to promote academia as a more attractive career option.


What’s on Offer

The UCL-ROS programme also offers a comprehensive personal and professional development support package. This includes:


  • Standard postgraduate UK/EU fees;

  • A maintenance stipend;

  • Coaching, mentoring support and advocacy;

  • Enhanced training and skills development from UCL’s Organisation Development Team, through UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme (including the “Brilliant Club” scholars programme) and the Windsor Fellowship;

  • Dedicated and bespoke careers advice from the UCL’s Careers team;

  • Enhanced networking opportunities and support with joining external academic societies and forums.


Eligibility requirements

The scholarships are open to individuals who meet both of the following criteria:

  • Applying to a research degree at UCL in one of the following faculties:

  • UK-permanent residents from one of the following BME ethnic groups:Black (Black or Black British African, Black or

    • Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British other or Mixed Black or Black British)

    • Pakistani (Pakistani or Pakistani British, or Pakistani Mixed or Pakistani Mixed British)

    • Bangladeshi (Bangladeshi or Bangladeshi British, or Bangladeshi Mixed or Bangladeshi Mixed British)


Award Value: benefits and duration

The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/EU rate, plus a maintenance stipend (2019/20: £17,280 - tbc) for full-time study (benefits are calculated 'pro rata' for part-time students). The scholarships also include additional support with research costs (e.g. conferences, field-work) of up to £1,200 per year.


Awards are offered for the standard duration of the candidates research degree programme i.e. 3 years for a standard programme, or 4 years for an integrated MPhil/PhD programme. Awards do not cover the final completing research stage (where UCL does not charge tuition fees).


The UCL-ROS programme also offers a comprehensive personal and professional development support package.


Selection criteria

Awardees will be selected by a panel from UCL and the Windsor Fellow on the basis of:

  • Holding an ‘offer’ of a place/admission on an eligible UCL research degree programme;

  • Academic attainment – as demonstrated by prior results, references, publications and research proposal;

  • Financial need – based on socio-economic background.


Applications have now closed. 


If you have any questions regarding the ROS programme you can contact Karlene Mahoney at MahoneyK@windsor-fellowship.org