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Economic Recovery Master’s Studentship Scheme



Queen’s University is delighted to announce the launch of the Economic Recovery Masters Studentship Scheme for the academic year 2021/22.

The Department for the Economy (DfE) will be funding 50 Postgraduate Master’s places at Queen’s University Belfast.

The studentships will be open to candidates who meet the eligibility criteria who wish to study a full time Masters course starting in September 2021.

Awards will cover payment of tuition fees on an eligible course and a £10,000 per annum stipend paid monthly to successful candidates, subject to continued registration and meeting Terms and Conditions of funding.

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In order to be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must hold an offer for a full-time place on one of the eligible courses.

The 2021-22 DfE Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate Awards have not yet been published, please note that details may change once final conditions are published.

The majority of awards are available to applicants who meet the following nationality and residency eligibility criteria.


The courses eligible for the scholarship are:

Eligible courses for applicants who meet nationality and residency criteria

Eligible courses for applicants who do not meet nationality and residency criteria

Maximum 7 Awards available.







* MSc Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics, MSc Cancer Medicine, MSc Experimental Medicine

Please note the above-named courses are at capacity and further offers of admission will not be made unless places become available. Applications for admission to these courses which are submitted up to and including 30th June 2021 will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants may also submit an application for the Economic Recovery Master’s Awards Scheme. If places become available, those applicants who receive an offer may be considered for a scholarship, if a scholarship application has been submitted. 


Application form.

Key Dates:

30 June 2021

Deadline to complete an application to study an eligible postgraduate taught programme course

Extended to 5 July 2021

Deadline to submit a scholarship application and supporting documents. Late applications will not be considered.

From 1 August 2021

Notification of successful candidates

Please note that we will notify successful candidates as a priority in early August, and that unsuccessful candidates may not receive an outcome until mid-August.


Scholarships need to be accepted within 10 working days of formal notification.

You must hold an offer to study on the eligible course, and you also need to firmly accept this offer. Scholarships not accepted or if all criteria is not met within 10 working days of your offer being sent, it will be reallocated.


Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate Awards for 2021-22 is subject to confirmation by the Department for the Economy. All successful applicants must abide by the Terms and Conditions set by the funding body. Based on previous years, this will include:

  • A maximum of 6 hours per week paid employment during normal hours of study, excluding weekends.
  • You cannot continue to hold this award if you change to part-time study or take up employment more than 6 hours per week during normal working hours.
  • All fee payments will be paid directly to the University on your behalf.
  • The stipend (£10k per annum) will be paid to successful applicants. Payments will be paid monthly starting in October 2021, subject to continued registration, satisfactory progress and compliance with funding Terms and Conditions.
  • Postgraduate Awards are non-transferrable, the award is for the course that you have applied for and indicated in your Masters Award application i.e. a candidate cannot transfer to another Masters course and receive this award.
  • Successful candidates must start their course in September 2021. Awards cannot be deferred.