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 is available - with up to £15,000 available towards MSc fees and a £15,000 p.a. allowance while studying.

2021/22 scholarship applications is now closed. Further information for applicants can be found at the bottom of this page.

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 for 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.

Selection process

Applications have now closed for 2021/22 students. We received an unprecedented volume of applications and thank all applicants for applying for this unique opportunity.

We are unable to accept any further applications, as the review and selection process has now commenced.

These are the timings for the next steps of the process;

  • Long-listing: applicants will be informed by the end of April
  • Short-listing: applicants will be informed by the end of May
  • Selection: applicants will be informed by the end of June

Candidates will be kept up to date via email with the progress of their application. The following are the most frequently asked questions about the application process;

  • University places: all applicants must apply directly to their chosen universities to secure a place on their master's programme. In order to progress to the final stages of the selection process, candidates must have received an offer for their chosen course (this can be conditional or unconditional). Candidates will need to follow up directly with their university in regards to offers - GDI Hub and Snowdon Trust are unable to provide support for this process.
  • Course selection: if you have applied to multiple universities, or are yet to confirm your final choice, there will be an opportunity to update your application if you are successful in moving through the application process. We will be in contact with students that have successfully moved forward in the selection process to ensure the information we have is up to date.
  • Updates: we will provide updates via email in line with the timescales above
  • References: your references will only be contacted if you are successful in moving through the selection process - you will be informed before your references are contacted.
  • Proof and evidence: we do not required medical evidence or a formal university place offer at this stage.
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