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Windsor Fellowship is working with University College London (UCL) to launch a 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.

The Opportunity 

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.

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:

Arts & Humanities
Brain Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
- School of Slavonic and East European Studies

- Social & Historical Sciences

  • 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 (2021/22: £5,526 - tbc), plus a maintenance stipend (2021/22: £17,631 - tbc) for full-time study (benefits are calculated 'pro rata' for part-time students). The scholarships also include additional research costs of up to £1,200 per year for the stated duration of the programme.

Awards are normally tenable for years 1, 2, and 3 of a full-time MPhil/PhD/EngD degree programme (or years 1-5 of a part-time programme), subject to annual review and renewal.

Where students are undertaking integrated four-year doctoral programmes the award will be extended to the final year of study.

If granted, funding begins at the start of the next academic year.

The UCL-ROS scholarships also offer a comprehensive personal and professional development support package.

  • Coaching, mentoring support and advocacy;

  • Training and skills development through UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme (including the “Brilliant Club” scholars programme) and the Windsor Fellowship.

  • The Windsor Fellowship offers to provide pastoral mentors, support for scholars to participate in professional development opportunities and support in planning next steps.  

  • The details of support may vary by discipline but the programme seeks to prepare scholars for an academic career.

Selection criteria

Awardees will be selected by a panel from UCL and the Windsor Fellowship on th 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.

UCL-ROS is now closed for 2021 applications.

If you require assistance with completing your UCL-ROS application form and/or you would like more information on the programme, please contact Karlene Mahoney at MahoneyK@windsor-fellowship.org

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