The Portal Trust Scholarship

The Portal Trust Scholarship is designed to support students under the age of 25 living in London, especially where there is financial disadvantage.

The scholarship is available if you are unable to study without financial support. It covers all University of London tuition and examination fees, and includes guidance and careers support throughout the course.

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Study with the University of London with the help of the Portal Trust Scholarship.

Full details for the Portal Trust Scholarship

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for the award, you must:

  • permanently reside in one of the listed London boroughs* and have lived there for at least one year
  • under 25 years old
  • be able to outline why without the scholarship you are unable to undertake one of our courses
  • be from a low income background and be able to outline why without the scholarship you are unable to undertake one of our courses
  • be studying part-time or full-time on a course that is at least one year in length.

(*Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster and the City of London)

If you are unsure if your circumstances fit this criteria and would like to talk to someone, contact us.

Please note: Students already registered with the University of London cannot apply for this scholarship. It is also unavailable for the following programmes:

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and Information Systems
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Computing
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences
  • International Foundation Programme
  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • BSc Banking and Finance
  • Business Analytics (Graduate Diploma)
  • BSc Business and Management – Teaching Centre
  • Commercial Law (Graduate Diploma)
  • Data Science (Graduate Diploma)
  • BSc Data Science and Business Analytics – Teaching Centre
  • BSc Development and Economics
  • Digital Innovation (Graduate Diploma)
  • E-Business and Social Media (Graduate Diploma)
  • Economics (Graduate Diploma)
  • BSc Economics – Teaching Centre
  • BSc Economics and Finance
  • BSc Economics and Management – Teaching Centre
  • BSc Economics and Politics
  • Finance (Graduate Diploma)
  • International Development (Graduate Diploma)
  • BSc International Development
  • BSc International Relations
  • Management (Graduate Diploma)
  • BSc Management and Digital Innovation
  • Mathematics (Graduate Diploma)
  • BSc Mathematics and Economics
  • BSc Politics and International Relations
  • Postgraduate programmes

How to apply

  • Download and complete the application form [Word, 500KB]
  • Submit an application for your chosen degree via its course page.
  • Upload your completed scholarship form under 'Scholarship Form'.
  • Pay an online application fee, where applicable.

Only completed applications will be considered.

If you wish to apply for the scholarship but are unable to pay the application fee, please contact us. Please note that not all programmes have an application fee.

Scholarship deadline

Application deadline: 01 October 2021.

Benefits

Built-in careers support

Scholarship holders receive additional support, including a custom-built careers programme from The Careers Group, University of London. This includes:

  • An induction at the University of London, where you meet your Careers Consultant and the support you will receive.
  • Three consultations throughout the year to develop your employability skills.
  • Access to careers resources, including careers help-sheets and the JobOnline portal.
  • Support from an alumni mentor with connections to your field of study or preferred employment area (second year onwards).

Scholarship recipients also receive a tour of our campus and an introduction to the University’s student community, facilities and services.

Duties of the scholarship holder

As a scholarship holder, you are required to write a short report each year outlining the impact of your study and research.

You must also follow the standards expected of University of London students.

We reserve the right to withdraw your scholarship if you do not comply with these terms.

About the scholarship

This scholarship has been established by the University of London with the support of The Portal Trust, formerly the Sir John Cass’s Foundation.

Both organisations were established for public benefit and share a common vision to widen access to education.

You can read more about the change of name on the website for The Portal Trust.

Over the past five years, we have received over 1,500 applications from London-based students under the age of 25.

The Portal Trust Scholarship is designed to support this key demographic, especially where there is financial disadvantage.

For more information, contact us.

Terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to your scholarship - The Portal Trust Scholarship:

  1. To be eligible for the Portal Trust Scholarship, you must be a current resident (and have lived there for at least one year) within Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster and the City of London.
  2. To be eligible for the Portal Trust Scholarship, you must be under 25 years of age and able to meet all specified application criteria.
  3. The Portal Trust Scholarship is available for the Portal Trust programmes only and the course undertaken must be a minimum length of one year.
  4. You will not be considered for the Portal Trust Scholarship until you have been given an offer for a qualifying The Portal Trust programme.
  5. You cannot be considered for the Portal Trust Scholarship if you are a currently registered student.
  6. The Portal Trust Scholarship can be applied against any fees payable to the University of London including (but not limited to) application fees, registration fees and examination entry fees. It does not cover any fees not payable to the University of London, such as teaching centre fees and study materials. These examples are non-exhaustive of the fees included within and excluded from the Portal Trust Scholarship, and other fees not listed here may be included and excluded from the scholarship.
  7. The Portal Trust Scholarship covers all University of London tuition and examination fees and includes guidance and careers support throughout the course.
  8. The Portal Trust Scholarship may be awarded in addition to other scholarships and funding, but it cannot be used in conjunction with any other University of London bursary or scholarships.
  9. The Portal Trust Scholarship may be reviewed on an annual basis and cannot be transferred to another individual.
  10. Students awarded a The Portal Trust Scholarship but who subsequently withdraw from their course of studies will no longer be eligible for the Portal Trust Scholarship.
  11. Recipients of the Portal Trust Scholarship may take a break in their studies but must undertake a minimum of two examinations every two years for the programme on which they are registered. Failure to do so may result in the Portal Trust Scholarship being withdrawn.
  12. The Portal Trust Scholarship cannot be retroactively applied to studies in previous academic years.
  13. The Portal Trust Scholarship will be valid for the maximum period of registration for your programme.
  14. The University reserves the right to terminate the Portal Trust Scholarship if you are found to have omitted key information or have provided untrue, inaccurate, incomplete or fraudulent information on your application form or in any additional information provided to the University and used in the determination of the award of your The Portal Trust Scholarship.
  15. You agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the University of London. If you do not abide by these rules and regulations, or if you do not meet the requirements (including the academic requirements) to continue or complete the distance learning course, the University reserves the right to withdraw the Portal Trust Scholarship with immediate effect.
  16. You undertake to use your best efforts to fulfil the academic requirements of the distance learning course on which you are registered.
  17. As part of the Portal Trust Scholarship award, the University may ask you to participate in marketing related activities and/or events to promote and share your experiences of the The Portal Trust Scholarship. Examples of typical activities and/or events may include participating in an interview, providing a profile for the University website or prospectus or attending an open day or induction event. If you participate in such activities and/or events, you agree for the University to use any material resulting from such activities and/or events for the purposes of publicity material and/or for the education of other students, whether electronically or in print. You furthermore release and discharge the University and its agents, representatives and assignees from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the publicity material, including without limitation any and all claims for invasion of privacy and defamation. Additionally, you agree that the copyright of any publicity material shall be wholly vested in the University and you hereby assign to the University any and all rights in the publicity material.
  18. Each year you will be asked to provide a report outlining the impact of your study and research. This report will be shared with the Portal Trust. Failure to provide the report may result in the withdrawing of your scholarship.
  19. By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, you are giving the University the right to hold and process your personal data, including some sensitive personal data. The University will process this personal data (including any personal data provided as part of participation in a marketing related activity and/or event under clause 16) in accordance with the UK Data Protection legislation and the University’s Data Protection Policy. The University will only share data with third parties in accordance with its Data Protection Policy and the University will remain the data controller of the data. The Data Protection Policy is applicable from the time of accepting these Terms and Conditions.
  20. The University of London and any relevant Member Institutions are separate legal entities. In accepting the Portal Trust Scholarship you agree to the sharing of your personal data between the University and a Member Institution (where relevant) for the purposes of the management of your The Portal Trust Scholarship.
  21. Each of the clauses of these Terms and Conditions operate separately. If a clause or any part of a clause is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed deleted, but that shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of these Terms and Conditions which shall remain in full force and effect.
  22. These Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and the University in relation to the Portal Trust Scholarship. All previous agreements, arrangements and understandings between you and the University relating to the Portal Trust Scholarship, whether written or oral, shall have no legal effect unless expressly set out in these Terms and Conditions.
  23. If the University fails to insist that you perform any of your obligations under these Terms and Conditions, or if the University does not enforce its rights against you, or if the University delays in doing so, that will not mean that the University has waived its rights against you and that will not mean that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If the University waives a default by you of the Portal Trust Scholarship, the University will only do so in writing, and that will not mean that it will automatically waive any later default by you.
  24. These are the Terms and Conditions between you and the University. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of the terms of these Terms and Conditions.
  25. These Terms and Conditions, and any matters arising out of or in relation to these Terms and Conditions, are governed and construed in accordance with English law. The parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in relation to these Terms and Conditions.