Aziz Foundation scholarships

We are delighted to be partnering with the Aziz Foundation to offer postgraduate scholarships for exceptional students from British Muslim backgrounds.

  • Funding: 100% tuition fee coverage at Home rate
  • Academic year: 2022/23
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate taught
Applications for 2022/23 are closed.

The scholarships programme offers 100 per cent 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. 

Subject areas

Moreover, scholarships will only be awarded to British Muslims with career aspirations in the following areas: 

  • Media and 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
  • Policy - candidates with a passion for influencing public 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
Eligibility

Open to UK (home) students only.

Applicants should meet all the following requirements:

  • Be eligible for Home fees status (check your fee 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:
    • 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 
    • 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

Application deadline: Monday 11 July 2022, 11.59am BST

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

The assessment and awards process will be carried out over two cycles:

 Cycle

  Application dates Interview dates Award dates
    1 11 January, 12 noon - 31 March February-April Mid-May
    2 1 April – 11 July, 9am May-July Late August

The earliest start for courses we can consider is June 2022. 

If your course starts between June 2022-August 2022, you must apply during cycle 1, otherwise we will not be able to consider your application.

For courses starting from September 2022, you may apply in either cycle.

Contact details

Aziz Foundation
+44 207 432 2444
enquiries@azizfoundation.org.uk

Contact us

If you have questions relating to any of our funding opportunities, please see the contact details on the specific scholarship or bursary page.