Bursary Fund

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The Queen’s Foundation Bursary Fund offers financial support to independent learners (i.e. to students not fully funded by sponsoring churches studying with us on formational programmes) who are encountering financial barriers to learning at the point of application for a particular course. Funding is limited and is only available to UK-resident students beginning a new course or award.

Priority will be given to students who are not in a position to obtain loans through Student Finance England (i.e. if wanting to study at the same or a lower level of an academic award already received), or whose programme of study is not eligible for SFE funding. Other applications will, however, be considered, subject to available funding, when clear reasons are given for why an eligible applicant is choosing not to take out a student loan.

Due in particular to the generosity of the Donald and Patricia Marsh Charitable Trust we are able to offer two types of bursary:

  • 50% bursaries to students paying for the tuition fees for themselves
  • 33% (‘One third’) bursaries where students receive support from a third party (e.g. a church) willing to pay a contribution direct to Queen’s.

Bursaries contribute to tuition fees only (not maintenance or other costs) and are for taught programmes. We are not currently in a position to offer research scholarships through this fund.

When awards are made to those applying to study on credit-bearing programmes, awards will only be made for one academic level at a time (e.g. Certificate/Level 4, Diploma/Level 5, Degree/Level 6, Postgraduate Degree/Level 7) though successful applicants are invited to submit a further application to enable them to proceed to a higher level of study. There is no guarantee of a further award, though The Queen’s Foundation is committed to enabling students to progress onto higher levels and will continue to support students with ongoing bursaries where possible.

To make an application to receive a bursary please read through the information below carefully and then complete the Bursary Application Form. Your application will be acknowledged on receipt, though action will only be taken, and awards made, in May and August of each year for any point of entry in the following academic year.

In submitting your form online, it is vital that you supply the name of a referee who is able to confirm both that you are not eligible to apply for loan funding, and the stated reasons for undertaking the course.

Applications and decisions

Applications are invited from January each year. There are two clear deadlines for applications April 30th and July 31st.

The first round of awards will be made following the end of April deadline. It is possible, due to the limited amount of funding available, that all the funds will be allocated in the first round. If this happens, this will be stated clearly on the website at the end of May. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible.

Where the funds in any given year are not allocated, applications will continue to be invited until the end of July. No further applications will be considered for the following academic year after the end of July.

1st deadline: 30th April. Decisions made by the end of May.
2nd deadline: 31st July Decisions made by the end of August

Unsuccessful Applicants

We cannot guarantee funding to any learner. If your application is unsuccessful you will be notified via email.

Attendance

You are required to meet the attendance/participation requirement of your course of study, even though the nature of ‘participation’ will differ between face-to-face and online/distance learning courses. Continued support depends on proven attendance/participation and your support may be stopped if your participation level is unsatisfactory.

If you withdraw from your course

If you withdraw from your course you will not receive further financial assistance. You may be required to repay any financial assistance you have been awarded.

Equal Opportunities

The Queen’s Foundation is committed to equality of opportunity. The aim is to create an environment in which people treat each other with mutual respect, regardless of: age; disability; family responsibility; marital status; ethnicity; nationality; religion or belief; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation.

The Queen’s Foundation is also committed to equality for all and widening participation for disabled learners and ensuring that all learners have access to a high-quality learning experience. To help us achieve this please make sure that you let us know what you need so we can make reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.