Opportunity Bristol - Widening Participation in PGR Programmes

The University of Bristol's Development and Alumni Relations Office is offering financial support for applicants to research-related Master's programmes for applicants from one the following underrepresented ethnic backgrounds: Black, African, Black British, or Caribbean, or mixed backgrounds featuring one of these groups.

The University of Bristol aims to create an inclusive environment that enables a diverse range of students to reach their full potential.

The Opportunity Bristol programme aims to reduce barriers to postgraduate research for applicants who are from one of the following under-represented ethnic backgrounds at the University: Black, African, Black British, or Caribbean, or mixed backgrounds featuring one of these groups. This scheme is funded by contributions received through the Development & Alumni Relations Office.

Applications for entry to PGR programmes for the academic year 2020/21 are now closed but expressions of interest are welcomed for admission in Autumn 2021.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr Kevin Higgins.

What does the bursary include?

The bursary will include, for each one-year programme:

  1. ‘Home’ tuition fee
  2. Student stipend (at the level defined by UKRI – £15,285 in 2020/21)
  3. Contribution to research, travel, and conference costsc

What courses are covered?

Funding is available for Masters of Research (MRes), Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), and Masters of Science by Research (MScR) programmes across all Faculties of the University.

Both full-time and part-time modes of study will be considered for funding.

In addition, within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, the following MSc programmes are also eligible:

Am I eligible?

Candidates must:

  1. be accepted for entry to a research-related, master's-level programme (as defined by Faculties and specified above) in Academic Year 2020-21; and
  2. self-identify as being from one the following underrepresented ethnic backgrounds: Black, African, Black British, or Caribbean, or mixed backgrounds featuring one of these groups.

Should further criteria be needed within the selection process, candidates may be assessed on other criteria. Please read the FAQs below ‌for more information

Candidates will be ineligible if they have had previous, significant research experience.

How do I apply?

Candidates who wish to apply for this opportunity should first complete the online application for entry to their preferred programme on the main postgraduate study application page noting their interest in the Opportunity Bristol programme within their application.

Detailed guidance on the application process for each Masters programme is available at on the postgraduate study search page

How can I find out more? 

Applications for entry to these Masters programmes for the academic year 2020/21 are now closed but expressions of interest are welcomed for admission from Autumn 2021 - please contact Dr Kevin Higgins.

The details of the Opportunity Bristol programme for 2021/22 are under review but information from the 2020/21 programme is available here: Opportunity Bristol FAQs - March 2020 (PDF, 159kB)‌.

If you have any questions on this opportunity or would like support in the application process, please contact Dr Kevin Higgins.

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