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About Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are two types of financial support you can receive during your time at university. Scholarships and bursaries are non-repayable and students will receive this support alongside their regular student loans.

The scholarships and bursaries on this page are for students with home* fee status. If you’d like to learn more about financial support for international students, please see the international scholarships pages.

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Competitive funding opportunities based on a range of factors, such as financial need, academic potential or non-academic skills.

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Guaranteed funding for eligible students, usually based on financial circumstances, personal background or the subject you study.



What's the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?

The key difference between a scholarship and a bursary is the availability of the funding.

Scholarships tend to have limited places and often require an application to assess your eligibility against others. Due to the competitive nature of a scholarship, eligibility often includes showing evidence of exceptional academic potential, talent in a non adacemic skill and/or facing adverse personal circumstances.

Bursaries are not competitive, they aim to help students access university more easily through financial support. At the University of Nottingham, the Core Bursary, Care Experienced and Estranged Bursary and Nottingham Potential Bursary have unlimited places. This means that if you meet the eligibility criteria, this bursary is guaranteed. 

In most cases, you do not have to pay back funds from a scholarship or bursary. This is how scholarships and bursaries differ from student loans.


*A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibilityfor home funding from Student Finance

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