Project Types: Programmes, Teaching, Advocacy

Themes: Assistive Technology, Inclusive Design

Snowdon Masters Scholarships

Location: UK

MSc student in a wheelchair in front of the workshop in the UCL building at Here East.
Msafiri studied Disability, Design and Innovation at UCL

Scholarships Information

The Snowdon Masters Scholarships have been designed to identify and accelerate talented disabled individuals through higher education.

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

2021/22 scholarship applications are now open. Please read the information on this page before completing the application form.

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

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

Who should apply

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

  • Exceptional leaders, with the ability to create change within and beyond their academic field
  • Individuals that have shown excellence within their chosen subjects
  • Those that have demonstrated leadership potential with a proven drive for success
  • Ability to create change and drive disability issues
  • Proven achievements in academia, employment or voluntary activities

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

Applications and selection

All candidates are advised to read the 'Frequently Asked Questions' and 'Qualifying Criteria and Guidance' 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 potential
  • Ability to inspire others and drive impact through the Disabled Leaders Network

There are character limits against long answer questions - your answers must be below the character limit to be submitted (note - limits include spaces).

Nadia Lesniarek-Hamid is studying a Masters in Architecture at the Royal College of Art
Nadia Lesniarek-Hamid is studying a Masters in Architecture at the Royal College of Art

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 2,700 students through higher education. Visit the Snowdon Trust website for further information.

The Snowdon Trust grants programme has always aimed to level the playing field for disabled students, but we launched the scholarship scheme to go a step further and boost the most high achieving students on their journey towards future leadership. The first Snowdon Scholars are already demonstrating themselves to be outstanding contributors to the programme.

Helen Saelensminde, 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