Project Types: Programmes, Teaching, Advocacy

Themes: Assistive & Accessible 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 and previous Snowdon Scholar winner

Scholarships Information

The Snowdon Masters Scholarships is for national and international disabled students applying for a master's programme at any UK institution that starts in 2022.

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

The scholarship has been designed to identify, accelerate and support talented disabled individuals to achieve their higher education goals.

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.

Target applicants

The Snowdon Trust are seeking to award the scholarship to applicants who can demonstrate how the scholarship will create profound impact on their current circumstances, future influences, and opportunities. This includes how the scholarship supports individuals to overcome barriers that result from living with a disability.

Ideal candidates should have excelled within their chosen field of study and be able to demonstrate their ambitious drive to succeed now and into the future.

The Snowdon Trust are looking for applicants who can communicate a leadership mindset and have a willingness and potential to influence change.

The full eligibility and guidance criteria can be found under "How to apply" below and must be read prior to commencing an application.

How to apply

Applications for 2022/2023 academic year are now open and closing on the 1st April 2022.

The Guidance Criteria, FAQs and a full list of application questions can be found on the download buttons below. You must read these documents before completing the application form found below.

If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the guidance document or the FAQs please complete this form.

If the download documents or contact form is not accessible to you, please contact k.mattick@ucl.ac.uk

Ready to apply?

Complete the microsoft form below:

Selection process

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

  • Applications open: January 10th 2022
  • 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.
  • Applications for retrospective funding will not be considered.
  • The Snowdon Trustee selection panel will make the final decision on the successful applicants.
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

The Snowdon Trust provides financial awards to disabled students to access further and higher education in the UK.

Snowdon Trust breakdown barriers to education and employment facing disabled young people and adults, and where we cannot immediately break down the barriers we support, listen, and increase opportunities for disabled individuals. We campaign for disability inclusion and equitable experiences throughout education and employment.

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