Aziz Foundation Masters Scholarship

Level of study
Postgraduate taught masters
Subject area
Law, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Local Government Studies, Political Science
Nationality
UK
Type of Award
Charity/Trust
Deadline for applying
Closes 11/07/2022

Award Description

The Aziz Foundation Scholarships Programme offers 100% tuition fee Masters scholarships to support British Muslims to study at UK universities. The scholarships are aimed at those who wish to advance in their careers and bring positive change to their communities and beyond. We invite applications from people who are dedicated to:

  • Effective Advocacy and Enhancing Public Perception – facilitating better representation and contribution of Muslims to civil society to combat Islamophobia and positively transform perceptions of British Muslims  
  • Community Service and Social Development – raising the aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities 

The aim is to support emerging leaders who have a high level of commitment to the community as well as the aspirations to lead and inspire in their respective field. 

Value of Award

100% of the cost of a Masters programme tuition fee.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Subject Areas

Scholarships will only be awarded to British Muslims with career aspirations in the following areas: 

  • Media & Journalism – Candidates who wish to champion diversity in the media to ensure fairer and more accurate reporting
  • Technology – Disrupters and innovators who use tech to offer novel and transformational solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.
  • Sustainability/Environment – Candidates who wish to be at the forefront of the fight to save our planet and ensure a safer future for generations to come
  • Law – Candidates who hold high aspirations to excel in the legal profession and especially those who wish to become judges. (Excluding conversion courses).
  • Policy – Candidates with a passion for influencing public policy (excluding Health Policy) in the UK, to ensure that it is equitable and responsive to the needs of British Muslim communities.
  • Creative Content – Creatives who can influence public discourses especially around Muslims and Islam through a variety of mediums.

We shall not be accepting applications for science, health policy, or mathematics courses. 

Criteria for applying

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be eligible for Home fees status
  • Be active within a Muslim community and demonstrate intimate knowledge of issues affecting British Muslim communities
  • Demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development within Britain 
  • Show how the course will increase their effectiveness in one of the following areas relating to British Muslims: 
  1. Effective Advocacy and Enhance Public Perception – facilitating better representation and contribution of Muslims to civil society to combat Islamophobia and positively transform perceptions of British Muslims 
  2. Community Service and Social Development – raising the aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities 

Means testing

In addition to the above, you will have to demonstrate that you would not be able to self-fund your course. The Foundation will apply the following test, using information you supply, social indicators and available data, to determine your financial means:

  •  A list of the secondary school(s) you attended, which acts as an important social indicator
  • The amount of your student debt
  • Information relating to your financial circumstances on the application form, including caring responsibilities, dependents and existing commitments  
  • Whether you are the first in your family to enter Higher Education
  • We shall utilise existing government data, such as the Office for Students’ (OfS) POLAR place-generated data, which provides information on general trends on access to Higher Education and participation rates by postcode, indicating rates of social mobility and deprivation

The assessment will include some or all of the means testing criteria above, variously weighted, and will contribute to the panel’s final decision on the candidate.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted online. The application form includes questions about previous education, work experience, financial means, a statement of no more than 1,000 words about how you meet the Foundation’s criteria, and the names of two referees.

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview.

 The interview will be 30-45 minutes exploring questions around:

  • challenges facing British Muslims;
  • vision and hopes for change;
  • personal qualities needed to succeed;
  • financial barriers faced

Find out more about the Aziz Foundation Scholarships

Website
https://www.azizfoundation.org.uk/scholarships-application/