UCL Research




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;

  • 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:

  • 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 (2020/21: £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 £1,000 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 will make an informal research enquiry with the relevant UCL department before submitting their       

    application for admission to UCL – further details are available here.


2.  Candidates must then submit a complete application for admission onto a research degree programme by                  Friday, 10 January 2020. Please be aware that some academic departments set their own deadlines which             may be earlier than this date, so make sure you check with them directly. At this stage you do not need to have         secured an offer of a place at UCL in order to apply for the scholarship, however, you must have submitted                 your application for admission by Friday, 10 January 2020. 


3.   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. 

4.   Candidates to contact their academic department/institute/division/unit to notify them that they would like to be          considered for a UCL-ROS. You must do this by 12 pm, 31 January 2020.


5.   All applications will then be considered and shortlisted by a faculty panel by 28 February 2020.


6.  Notification of selection will be made mid-March 2020If selected, UCL will make contact with details for next   


7.  Shortlisted applicants to complete a Financial Needs supporting document


8.  Interviews with Windsor Fellowship to take place in April 2020.


9.  UCL and the WF will make the final decisions in May 2020, and UCL will announce the awardees in May 2020.


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