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Scholarship Opportunities

Entrance Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the University's Student Scholarships and Awards Group. Other opportunities may be available from your School or Faculty and may be included in the University's Funding and Scholarships Finder.

  • A-Level Entrance Competition - Applications now closed

    All students entering the University in the academic year 2023-24 for the first time to undertake a primary degree, and who have achieved at least three ‘A’ grades at A-Level (including AVCEs), are eligible to enter the University’s annual A-Level Entrance Scholarship Competition to receive one (or more) of the following awards:

    • Sullivan Scholarship - £1,000 per annum for three years (1 award)
    • David Russell Lappin Scholarship - £600 per annum for three years (1 award)
    • John Sinclair Porter Scholarship - £600 per annum for three years (2 awards)
    • Sullivan (RBAI) Scholarship - £200 per annum for three years (1 award)
    • Reid-Harwood Scholarship - £800 per annum for three years (1 award)
    • Megaw Scholarship - £1,500 for one year (1 award)
    • Dunwoody Scholarships - £500 per annum for three years (2 awards)

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    To apply for this award, students need a QUB email address. Please apply after receiving it.

  • Dr George Alexander Baird Entrance Scholarships

    These Entrance Scholarships for Non-A-Level entrants were created by the University in 1995, in recognition of the increasing numbers of students entering the University with non-traditional entrance qualifications.  Their introduction was recommended to the University by Dr George Alexander Baird (1939-1997) who served with distinction as Secretary to Academic Council at Queen's from 1985 until 1997.  Dr Baird graduated with a Physics degree from Queen's University in 1960, followed by an MSc from the University of Waterloo in 1962 and a PhD from the University of Alberta in 1966.  He held the posts of ICI Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at University College Dublin, before taking up a temporary appointment as Research Associate and Assistant Professor at the Simon Frazer University, British Columbia.  Following his return to University College Dublin, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Science in 1976.  In 1998, the Non-A-Level Entrance Scholarships were named the Dr George Alexander Baird Entrance Scholarships in recognition of Dr Baird's enormous contribution to the work of the University, and as a mark of the affection and respect with which he was remembered by colleagues.

    All full-time or part-time students entering the University at Level 0 or Level 1 for the first time, and on the basis of entrance qualifications other than two or more A-Levels as entrance qualifications, will be eligible for consideration for a Baird Entrance Scholarship on completion of stage 1 modules. 

    Four scholarships of £600 each will be awarded each year to the students who have proceeded to Level 2 and who have achieved the highest average mark in Level 1 examinations. 

    This will normally be calculated on the basis of six Level 1 module marks.  Students entering at Level 0 will be considered for the scholarships the following year, alongside direct entrants to Level 1. 

    Two awards, one in science-based faculties and the other in arts-based faculties, will be made to students with entrance qualifications deemed equivalent to A-Levels (e.g. Scottish Highers or the Irish Leaving Certificate). 

    Two further awards, one in science-based faculties and the other in arts-based faculties, will be made to students whose academic background and qualifications promote the University’s goal of widening participation (e.g. entrants via Access courses). 

    The awards will be made by the University's Student Scholarships & Awards Group.  The Group may choose not to make an award(s) if a sufficiently high performance in Level 1 is not achieved.

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    Students cannot apply for this award. All those who meet the criteria will be automatically considered.

  • Martin Memorial Scholarship - Applications now closed

    This Scholarship was founded in 1921 from the balance of the R. T. Martin Memorial Fund and a donation from Mrs Martin.

    It is intended to assist students pursuing a course of teacher training who intend to teach in grant-aided school in Northern Ireland, to proceed to a Primary degree by part- or full-time study in the following University Colleges:

    • Stranmillis University College
    • St Mary’s University College

    Candidates must have the necessary qualifications for entrance to the University, have good academic standing i.e. 2:1 or above and be experiencing financial difficulties.  The value of the scholarship is up to £400 and may be increased if the candidate is not in receipt of an award from a public authority, if funds permit.

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

  • Ulster Gift Fund - Applications now closed

    Scholarships, normally of £400 (subject to income from the fund), are offered annually for award in any school of the University.

    Candidates must be persons who are serving, or have served in HM Forces, or the children of such persons.   If not already members of the University, candidates must have been accepted for an undergraduate course or postgraduate course in the University commencing in the current academic year.

    The scholarship, which is open to full-time or part-time students, is tenable with any other University award except where the tenure of this plus another University award would involve a reduction in an award from a public authority.

    Scholarships will be awarded based on the financial need demonstrated.

    Please note: Documentary evidence of a service record is required.

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

Travel Scholarships (North America)

These scholarships are awarded by the University's Student Scholarships and Awards Group. Other opportunities may be available from your School or Faculty or may be included in the University's Funding and Scholarships Finder.

  • Alan Graham Fund - Applications now closed

    This fund was established in 1985 by family, friends, and colleagues to honour the memory of Alan Graham, who, as an academic in the field of American Studies (1950-1978) and as Secretary to Academic Council (1978-1984), earned widespread respect and affection throughout the University.

    A travel scholarship of approximately £650 shall be awarded annually to an undergraduate or postgraduate student of the University to pursue a period of study or research in North America. 

    Preference will be given to a candidate whose study or research is in the field of American Studies.

    This application is open for travel that occurred or will occur between 1 April 2023 and 31 October 2023 (the outbound date must be within these dates). 

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    Applications for Alan Graham Fund Scholarship have now closed.

  • Helen Ramsey Turtle Travel Scholarship - Open

    This scholarship was founded in 1947 by the Ulster-American Friendship Committee in memory of Mrs Helen Ramsey Turtle, a remarkable and much loved young American woman married to an Ulsterman.  She died in 1946 leaving three small daughters.  The award was instituted by some of Helen Ramsey Turtle's friends who, through a keen sense of loss of a vivid personality, wished to establish some form of memorial which would reflect her wide interests and her identification with both the old and new worlds.

    The scholarship is open to postgraduate students, enrolled at Queen’s University Belfast both at the time of application and of travel, who have undertaken their primary degree at Queen’s and who intend to travel to the USA and/or Canada to undertake a period of study at postgraduate level.  It is desirable, but not essential, that the period of travel would be not less than six weeks. Study in the areas of literature and medicine are particularly welcomed, however, this scholarship is open to all subjects of the University. 

    The scholarship will normally be of a value of approximately £2,000 and should be spent on travel within North America and/or activities which applicants can demonstrate will add value to their period of study.  The scholarship is not intended to form part of the core funding required for the period of study, i.e. for travel to and from North America and associated subsistence costs. 

    Applicants will be expected to outline clearly what they hope to gain personally from their experience in USA/Canada, and how they intend to use this experience to benefit the wider community upon their return to Northern Ireland.  They should also be able to indicate how they intend to embody the legacy of Helen Ramsey Turtle i.e., in forging and building Ulster/American friendships.

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    Applications will close on 10 March 2024 at 5pm.

    Apply for the Helen Ramsey Turtle Travel Scholarship.

Travel Scholarships (Domestic and International)

These scholarships are awarded by the University's Student Scholarships and Awards Group. Other opportunities may be available from your School or Faculty or may be included in the University's Funding and Scholarships Finder.

  • Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship - Open

    These scholarships were instituted in 1961 under a bequest of Miss Emily Sarah Montgomery.  

    These travel scholarships are awarded annually to students registered on a postgraduate programme at Queen’s University Belfast for the purpose of travel outside Ireland in connection with a programme of research or further education.  

    The scholarships will be awarded by the Student Scholarships and Awards Group. The scholarships are tenable with any other award. The maximum value of an award from the fund is £400, depending on the destination of the recipient

    Students will not receive more than the maximum value of this award in total, although it may be spread over a number of trips. 

    Students who have received the maximum value of this award, in their current programme of study, will not be eligible for a further award.

    Additional Information:

    • These scholarships are tenable with any other travel scholarship or travel grant.
    • Travel must be undertaken before graduation.
    • The holders of these scholarships will be required to provide a report to the Student Scholarships and Awards Group on the activities engaged in during the  tenure of the scholarship.
    • Provisional travel plans can be submitted. Once the award has been made the recipient must notify aascholarships@qub.ac.uk of any proposed changes to their travel arrangements. The proposed changes will be considered by the Chair of the Student Scholarships and Awards Group for approval.
    • Payment of the sum awarded will be authorised on production of evidence that the travel booking has been made and after travel has taken place.

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    This round of applications is open for travel that occurred or will occur between 9 January 2024 and 2 June 2024 (the outbound date must be within these dates). You can apply for funding for more than one trip; however, you will need to complete a separate application form for each trip.

    Applications will close on Friday, 23 February 2024 at 5pm.

    Apply for the Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship.

    Please Note: the travel scholarships will be advertised again to cover future travel. The next round will be as follows:

    • Travel Scholarships open for applications on 4 March 2024 and close on 26 April to cover travel from 3 June – 1 September 2024
  • Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship - Open

    These Scholarships were founded by Edith, Lady Dixon, DBE, in 1962 in memory of her husband Sir Thomas Dixon, Bart. 

    These travel scholarships may be awarded each year to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Queens University Belfast intending to pursue cultural activities abroad. This phrase is interpreted in the broader sense in recognition of the fact that cross-cultural activities broaden the horizons and facilitates personal development.

    Travel must be outside all the islands of Britain and Ireland.

    The scholarships will be awarded by the Student Scholarships and Awards Group. The scholarships are tenable with any other award. The maximum value of an award from the fund is £600, depending on available funding. 

    Students who have received this award, in their current programme of study, will not be eligible for a further award.

    Additional Information:

    • These scholarships are tenable with any other travel scholarship or travel grant.
    • Travel must be undertaken before graduation.
    • The holders of these scholarships will be required to provide a report to the Student Scholarships and Awards Group on the activities engaged in during the  tenure of the scholarship.
    • Provisional travel plans can be submitted. Once the award has been made the recipient must notify aascholarships@qub.ac.uk of any proposed changes to their travel arrangements. The proposed changes will be considered by the Chair of the Student Scholarships and Awards Group for approval.
    • Payment of the sum awarded will be authorised on production of evidence that the travel booking has been made and after travel has taken place.

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    This round of applications is open for travel that occurred or will occur between 9 January 2024 and 2 June 2024 (the outbound date must be within these dates). You can apply for funding for more than one trip; however, you will need to complete a separate application form for each trip.

    Applications will close on Friday, 23 February 2024 at 5pm.

    Apply for the Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship.

    Please Note: the travel scholarships will be advertised again to cover future travel. The next round will be as follows:

    • Travel Scholarships open for applications on 4 March 2024 and close on 26 April to cover travel from 3 June – 1 September 2024
  • AIB (NI) Travel Scholarship - Applications now closed

    This scholarship was established in 1982 through a donation by the Trustee Savings Bank of Northern Ireland to the Development Appeal. It was renamed the First Trust Travel Scholarship in recognition of the merger and name change from TSB to First Trust which took place in 1992. In 2021 it was renamed the AIB (NI) Travel Scholarship. 

    One scholarship of up to £650 may be awarded annually for travel between April – October.

    This award will be made to an  exceptional undergraduate or postgraduate student of Queen’s University Belfast in recognition of their outstanding proposal for planned activities outside Britain/Ireland.

    The travel must be in connection with a programme planned to extend the student’s educational experience.

    Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to apply.

    Additional Information:

    • These scholarships are tenable with any other travel scholarship or travel grant.
    • Travel must be undertaken before graduation.
    • The holders of these scholarships will be required to provide a report to the Student Scholarships and Awards Group on the activities engaged in during the  tenure of the scholarship.
    • Provisional travel plans can be submitted. Once the award has been made the recipient must notify aascholarships@qub.ac.uk of any proposed changes to their travel arrangements. The proposed changes will be considered by the Chair of the Student Scholarships and Awards Group for approval.
    • Payment of the sum awarded will be authorised on production of evidence that the travel booking has been made and after travel has taken place.

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    Applications for the AIB (NI) Travel Scholarship are now closed.

  • William and Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarships - Applications now closed

    During the course of a long and varied career, Dr William Baird MacQuitty achieved distinction as a photographer, author, banker and film-producer (e.g. A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic).  He was founding Managing Director of UTV, and his wife Betty, economist and author, was UTV Vice-Chairman for many years.

    The MacQuitty Scholarships were established in 1999 to provide travel funds for Queen's postgraduate students.  Applicants must be planning to travel overseas to further their education, and they must explain how their proposed trip demonstrates the principle "travel broadens the mind”. 

    Preference may be given to applicants whose travel involves study of global environmental issues or medicine. 

    Ten awards of up to £1,000 are available annually. An additional prize of £300 may also be awarded for the best travel report. 

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    Applications for the MacQuitty scholarship are now closed. 

  • The Higginson Leadership Award - Under Review

    The Higginson Leadership Award was founded by a gift in 1954 from Wing-Commander John S Higginson, MA, CBE, OBE, who lived at Ballyward Lodge near Castlewellan in Co Down. 

    Wing-Commander Higginson was an RAF veteran of the Second World War, whose post-war activities became increasingly philanthropic in nature, focusing in particular on improving services and facilities for the youth of Northern Ireland. Wing-Commander Higginson died in November 2000.

    The Higginson Leadership Award is currently under review.

    Previous Winners

    Students who have received the Higginson Leadership Award in recent years have led teams on projects to build needed infrastructure, resource centres and help impoverished communities in Romania, Kenya, Bolivia, Thailand, Uganda, Mostar and Zambia in many interesting and beneficial ways.

    You can see a trailer for our latest recipient's project below.

    See other successful projects.

Financial Assistance

These scholarships are awarded by the University's Student Scholarships and Awards Group. Other opportunities may be available from your School or Faculty or may be included in the University's Funding and Scholarships Finder.

  • The Queen's Graduates' Association Scholarship
    The Queen’s Graduates’ Association (QGA) is the main graduate association for Queen’s alumni living in Northern Ireland. 
     
    Since its inception the QGA has supported the University in a range of ways including the provision of gifts, financial and other. 
     
    In 2002, it established the QGA Scholarship to provide financial assistance for postgraduate students.  This was seen as a means of helping to strengthen the ties between the QGA, its members and the University, whilst also focusing on the nature of the relationship between graduates and the University.
     
    The rules governing the Scholarship are summarised as follows:
    • The Faculty, from which the successful students shall be selected, will be rotated each year, for example, Medicine, Health and Life Sciences in 2020-21, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 2021-22, and Engineering and Physical Sciences in 2022-23.
    • Each School within the relevant Faculty will be asked to nominate one student, who has demonstrated academic excellence and has returned to Queen’s for postgraduate study.
    • The nominated students will be asked to give a presentation to a selection panel consisting of representatives from the QGA, the Student Scholarships and Awards Group, and the Development and Relations Office, where they will be required to outline their area of postgraduate study positively.
    • The selection panel will then select the successful recipients, based on the best presentations and responses to the panel’s questions.
    • Two awards shall be issued. 
    • The value of the awards will be £2,500 each.

    Schools in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences will be contacted in November 2023 to nominate a candidate.

    Nominated students will normally be interviewed in January by the QGA Panel.
     
    All awards are subject to funding availability.
  • The Queen's Women Graduates' Scholarship - Applications now closed

    The Queen's Women Graduates (QWG) is interested in promoting education, especially for women, at local, national and international level. 

    The scholarship should enhance the educational opportunities of women students, normally those who have had a gap of at least five years since attending school, who are enrolled on and are attending a degree, diploma or certificate award-bearing course at the University.

    Applicants should have a low income or be dependent on state benefits.

    Degree holders and previous QWG Scholarship holders are not eligible to apply.

    The scholarship may be helpful in assisting, for example, with the cost of fees, books, childcare or travel.  It is available for one academic year only.  An award of up to £1,000 will be made.

    All awards are subject to funding availability.

    Applications for the Queen's Women Graduates' Scholarship are now closed.

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