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 MPhil/PhD programme, or 4 years for an integrated MRes + 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 Fellowship 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.


Application process

There are two application processes that work in parallel, the first with UCL and the relevant department, which will consider the subject and academic requirements for entry.  The second process, is with Windsor Fellowship and relates specifically with the scholarship. Please click on the links below to find out more information about the two processes. 

  1. Candidates should first make an informal research enquiry with the relevant UCL department before submitting their application for admission to UCL – further details are available here 

  2. When completing the research degree application for admission candidates should indicate in the ‘Funding’ section that they are also applying to the UCL-ROS programme.

  3. To apply to the UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS) scheme candidates should firstly complete the financial information supporting document available here, then complete the online application form available here. You will be required to upload the financial information supporting document to the online application form.


The UCL-ROS is now closed for applications 


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