Maria Bourboulis Scholarship

The Maria Bourboulis scholarship fund is awarded in memory of York Alumna Maria Bourboulis – to continue to support Social Policy and Sociology students.

  • Funding: Fee waiver + £4,050 stipend (paid in quarterly instalments). The scholarship covers a fee waiver at the home or international tuition fee rate.
  • Academic year: 2023/24
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate taught
Applications for 2023/24 are closed.


Applications are invited from highly qualified and motivated applicants to take up this MA scholarship opportunity. The scholarship is to be awarded to a candidate applying for a postgraduate degree in either Social Policy and Social Work or Sociology.  A committee formed by the Head of Graduate School in Social Policy and Social Work and the Head of Graduate School in Sociology will determine the successful recipient each year. 



Open to International (including EU) and UK (home) students.

In order to be eligible you must also have an offer for a place on one of the following courses:


Scholarships are available to applicants who meet all the following criteria:

  • Have received an offer for one of the programmes mentioned.
  • Intend to begin your Masters studies in September 2023.
  • Have or expect to obtain a first or 2:1 honours degree or equivalent prior to commencing the Masters programme.
  • If English is not your first language you should also read the English Language requirements for postgraduate study. We expect applicants to provide all necessary evidence for language requirements before the scholarship application deadline.
How to apply

Application deadline: Friday 30 June 2023, 4pm BST


First, to apply for the scholarship, you will need to submit a formal Masters application through the University’s online application system.

Application documents include a personal statement, a CV, previous degree certificates, academic transcripts and one reference letter. Please explain in your personal statement why you would like to undertake an MA in our School at York and how the scholarship would be useful for you to achieve your goals. 

Please indicate on your application documents that you intend to apply for The Maria Bourboulis MA Scholarship.
Second, you must also submit a separate copy of your application to the School for Business and Society ( and a 200 words statement about the usefulness of the scholarship in order to achieve your goals.
The deadline for submitting applications is:

4pm (BST) on 30 June 2023.

N.B. If you have already applied for an MA with us, you can write to us and tell us that you would like to be considered for the scholarship. Please provide a short additional text about the usefulness of the scholarship in order to achieve your goals.

How we allocate


The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic and work excellence. However, in honour of the memory of Maria Bourboulis, preference will be given to exceptional candidates who aim to explore in their independent research study (dissertation) historical and contemporary welfare problems in Southern Europe.

Terms and conditions


The scholarship is available on an annual basis and lasts for one year.

Successful candidates will be sent a formal letter confirming the offer of the scholarship. The letter sets out the value and duration of the award. The letter asks candidates to accept the Terms of the Scholarship.

For scholarships with stipends

Award holders receive the balance as a cash bursary that will be paid directly into their preferred bank account.

For all scholarships and studentships

Continued receipt of all Scholarships is conditional upon satisfactory academic progress. Scholarship holders should notify their Department in the following circumstances:

-       you take leave of absence

-       you change your programme of study

-       your registration status changes (e.g. Full time to part time)

-       you withdraw from your programme

Contact details

Student Support Administrator - Admissions

Helen Story
+44 (0)1904 32 1228