College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Minority Ethnic Masters Scholarship

The University of Leicester’s College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (CSSAH) is committed to increasing the participation of Minority Ethnic students in its postgraduate cohorts and supporting Minority Ethnic students to progress into academia as a career. To achieve this priority objective, the College is offering up to ten scholarships for Masters degree programmes within the following subject areas:

  • Archaeology and Ancient History
  • Business
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • History
  • Film Studies
  • Law
  • Media and Communication
  • Modern Languages
  • Museum Studies
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology

Ten awards are available, each including a full tuition fee waiver. In addition, awardees will receive support and mentoring to develop their career to apply for the Minority Ethnic Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) scheme. For reference, information on the 2023 GTA Scheme is available.

Entry requirements

Candidates must:

  • have applied for a place on a full-time campus-based or Distance Learning Masters course at the University of Leicester beginning in September/October 2023
  • be a permanent resident* in the UK;
  • self-identify as Minority Ethnic.

*People who have permanent residency in the UK are:

  • British Citizens (includes Channel Islands and Isle of Man);
  • Republic of Ireland citizens;
  • Those with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR);
  • EU Citizens who have been given Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme (same as ILR).

How to apply

The CSSAH Minority Ethnic Scholarships are now open for 2023 applications.

  1. Apply for a Masters course in one of the subject areas listed above within the University of Leicester’s College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities by 3 June 2023.
  2. Complete the Minority Ethnic Scholarship application form by 30 June 2023 (by 5.30pm). The form asks you to provide a personal statement of up to 750 words which includes the following:

    • why you wish to study your chosen Masters course;
    • how your previous academic and/or professional experience has given you the skills needed for postgraduate level study;
    • how taking this course will support your personal and/or professional development plans;
    • how the course relates to your potential research project (e.g. PhD).

  3. Applications will be assessed on their overall strength, taking into consideration the candidate's academic achievements to date and their personal statement.

Important advice for applicants

  • Online application for study on a Masters programme to be completed by 3 June 2023.
  • Minority Ethnic Scholarship application form to be submitted by the deadline of 30 June 2023.
  • Applicants who do not submit a fully completed Minority Ethnic Scholarship application form will not be considered.
  • The panel will aim to finalise the successful applicants by the end of July 2023.
  • If you hold a conditional offer of a place at the University, you will still need to fulfil any conditions stated on your offer letter.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome: please contact Dr Sarah Graham, Deputy Dean of Education, CSSAH:
+44 (0)116 252 2628

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