Snowdon Masters Scholarships

Investing in inspirational disabled leaders. Funding up to £15,000 for a UK Masters course and a £15,000 allowance while studying.

Accelerating disabled leaders through post-graduate study

Applications have now closed for the 2020/21 scholarship programme.

The Global Disability Innovation Hub and Snowdon Trust are reviewing applications to identify brilliant disabled students with the ability to become leaders of the future. Successful candidates will join a unique network of high achieving disabled leaders working together to inspire future generations.

NOTE: We recognise that COVID19 is impacting university processes. Timescales for the scholarship will remain the same and we understand that university offers may be slower. We will be in touch with candidates as they move through the selection process.

Scholarships Information

The scholarship has been designed to identify and accelerate talented disabled individuals through higher education.

Snowdon Masters Scholarships are up to a maximum of £30,000 per successful student - with up to £15,000 available towards MSc fees and a £15,000 p.a. allowance while studying.

The scholarship is aimed at;

  • Supporting brilliant students with the ability to create change and influence others
  • Provide funding for students with excellence in a field of study, within and beyond academia
  • Accelerate disabled students to become leaders and role-models
  • Provide opportunity for individuals with the drive and determination to succeed

Who should apply

Applications for 2020/21 are now closed.

The scholarship is open to national and international disabled students with the ability to create change and influence others. This could include excellence within a chosen field of study, or the ability to demonstrate leadership through work place or extracurricular activities.

Genuine leaders often take unique career paths - this scholarship is targeted to both students who have recently competed an undergraduate course, and those wishing to return to return to study from the workplace or following a career break.

Applications and selection

All candidates are advised to read the 'frequently ask questions' and 'selection criteria' downloads prior to completing an application.

Where possible please use examples in your application form. Core assessment areas are based around;

  • The potential impact of the scholarship to create and maximise opportunities
  • Achievement within and beyond academia
  • Future leadership capacity
  • Ability to inspire others through the Disabled Leaders Network and Give Back programme

Snowdon Trust

Snowdon Trust provides grants to physically disabled and sensory impaired students studying in the UK. Established by the First Earl of Snowdon, who contracted polio as a child, the trust has gone on to support over 2,500 students through higher education. Visit the Snowdon Trust website for further information.

Disability Design and Innovation MSc

If you are applying for the GDI Hub's MSc in Disability Design and Innovation (DDI), you can apply for a separate Snowdon Trust bursary for this course. Visit the MSc DDI page for further details.

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GDI Hub's Paul Ntulila introducing the Snowdon Scholarship opportunity in British Sign Language (BSL). Paul himself is a Snowdon Alumni and member of Snowdon Disabled Leaders Network

Flyer for scholarships featuring student.

Whilst our disabled students grants programme has been going since 1981 we have only recently been in a position to offer full scholarships.  We launched a limited scholarship programme in 2017 which has proven a success and now, with the support of the GDI Hub, we are delighted to be rolling out nationally.  We know we can find, support and help develop some truly outstanding talent!

Paul Alexander, Chief Executive of the Snowdon Trust

Access to higher education is vital to increase leadership by disabled people. We are delighted to be working alongside the Snowdon Trust on such an important programme to support high achieving disabled students become the innovators of tomorrow

Dr Catherine Holloway, Academic Director of the GDI Hub