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Brunel Santander International Scholarship 2019/20 Terms and conditions

Brunel University London is pleased to offer a prestigious package of scholarships for International students. The scholarship scheme is for self-funded students only and is based on academic achievement. We will award scholarships to applicants who most closely meet or exceed the criteria for the award.

To apply you need to have received an offer to study on an eligible course starting in September 2019.

1. Award details

Value: £3,000 cash award in the first year of study only.

How many: 5

The Santander scholarship is available to international students who are nationals of, and residing in, one of the following Santander Universities network countries at the time of application, namely Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA.  Other countries may be considered at Brunel’s discretion.

Applicants must have applied for a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research programme starting in September 2019 and have achieved the international equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) or higher.

Application process: To be considered for a Santander Scholarship applicants must complete an application form which requires a personal statement by the published deadline.


Phase 1: Apply by 30th April 2019 to be considered for an early award.

Phase 2: Apply by 31st July 2019 to be considered for a later award.

Applicants who are not awarded in the first phase will be automatically considered again for phase 2.

Successful applicants will be contacted within four weeks of the deadline. Should any scholarship funds remain unallocated, we reserve the right to offer a limited number of scholarships to late applicants. We will endeavour to make awards until all available funds are allocated.

Awards will be finalised once all offer conditions have been met in September.

Scholarship holders may be required to participate occasionally in various activities to help promote the University. This might include providing profiles, participating in social media and other marketing activity as required. Scholarship winners will be contacted by the International Recruitment or Marketing team as and when participation is required.

Data pertaining to bursary holders such as: progression rates, degree attainment, degree completion, and graduate outcomes may also be analysed in order to understand the effectiveness of bursaries and scholarships. This data may also be linked to other data already held by the University for the purpose of better understanding the impact of bursaries and scholarships on under-represented groups. To learn more about how the University uses data to support its commitment to delivering positive outcomes to students from under-represented groups please visit our webpage.

2. Eligibility

2.1 Applicants for a Santander scholarship must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must be classed as Overseas for fees purposes and be self-funded (not sponsored).
  • Applicants who are unsure of their fee status should note Brunel uses the information they have provided in their application form to assess fee status against regulations set by the UK government. For information on these regulations please visit the independent organisation UKCISA’s website.
  • Must have an offer to study on a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research programme starting in September 2019.
  • Must complete the relevant Scholarship application by the published deadlines.
  • Must have firmly accepted their course offer by the scholarship deadline date.  

2.2 Those not eligible for these Scholarships

    • Applicants NOT classed as Overseas for fees purposes.
    • Applicants who are not self-funded and are being sponsored by a Government or external body
    • The International Excellence Scholarship is not available to Postgraduate Research applicants (i.e. PhD, MPhil).
    • Applicants who will NOT commence their course in September 2019. Applicants holding offers for deferred entry must apply for scholarships in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application.
    • Applicants holding an offer on a course that offers a College Specific Scholarship for International students will not be considered for this scholarship scheme, i.e. the Dean’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Scholarship for international students, the NSRIC Scholarships or the MBA scholarship.
    • Undergraduate applicants entering a course at level 5 (year 2) or level 6 (year 3).
    • Applicants entering a course with London Brunel International College (LBIC), or who are progressing to a Brunel course from an LBIC course
    • Applicants entering a course with the Brunel Language Centre
    • Applicants holding an offer to study by Distance Learning
    • Applicants holding offers to study on a part-time programme.
    • Students who have previously studied with Brunel University London or those that have been in receipt of a      Brunel International Scholarship previously, either as part of current or earlier studies are not eligible.

3. Allocation

3.1   Scholarships will be awarded conditionally by the International Scholarship Allocation Panel and applicants will be notified by July 2019. They will then be formally awarded in September, following receipt of exam results.

3.2   Candidates will be considered based on their academic achievement and scholarship application.

3.3   Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation will be considered for scholarships using the information provided at the time of their course application only and cannot be considered should their circumstances change during the course of their studies. Scholarships cannot be backdated.

3.4   International scholarships cannot be combined with any other University scholarship, bursary, discount or award, with the exception of the 2% prompt payment discount. This will be deducted from the tuition fees remaining after the scholarship discount has been applied at enrolment.

3.5   If an applicant is eligible for more than one scholarship, the College Specific Scholarship will take precedence.

3.6   Scholarships are awarded for the September entry of the academic year 2019/20 only and cannot be deferred to later months or years of entry. Course applicants who intend to defer their studies will lose any award they have been made and must re-apply for a scholarship in the year they will begin their studies.

3.7   Scholarship awards are decided by the International Scholarship Allocation Panel and all decisions are final. The University will not accept any appeals in respect of the decisions made by the Panel.

4. Conditions of payment

4.1   Scholarship awardees receiving a cash award will be responsible for paying the remainder of their tuition fees after the scholarship contribution is deducted from the total fees for the academic year.

4.2   Scholarship awardees receiving a cash award - the £3,000 cash payment will bepaid in three instalments in year 1 of their chosen course. 

4.3   The scholarship does not replace the deposit of £3,000. All scholarship winners will need to pay the £3,000 deposit for their course in order to receive an unconditional offer and a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). The amount of their scholarship will be deducted from the remaining fees.

4.4   The Santander scholarship is a single contribution for the first of study only and will not be continued in subsequent years.

4.5   Successful applicants will not be eligible to apply for this scholarship programme in subsequent years (i.e. If you are successful in achieving a scholarship for an undergraduate course at Brunel in Year one, you will not be able to apply for the scholarship again in Year two, nor will you be able to apply for the scheme again if you choose to do a postgraduate course at the University). 

4.6   The cash award will only be applied providing the student is fully enrolled at the University on a full time Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research program of study, which includes having had their qualifications and other documentation verified and checked, and then completing the University enrolment procedures. This includes holding the correct visa to study.

4.7   Students must supply relevant UK bank details via eVision in early January no later than the first day of term 1.

4.8   Payment dates

For cash scholarship awards, payment will be made as follows:

1st Payment - 13th December 2019

2nd Payment – 6th March 2020

3rd Payment - 12th June 2020

4.9   Scholarship awardees who have already paid the full course fees can visit the Student Centre to request a refund of any overpayment; once they have met all conditions of their offer and enrolled onto their main course in person.

5. Withdrawal of scholarship

5.1   Misleading information: The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.

5.2   Mode of Attendance Change: If a student changes to different mode of study, their eligibility for a scholarship will be reviewed. The scholarship will be withdrawn if the change is from full time to part time or distance learning.

5.3   Course Change: If a student changes course within the academic year but remains at the same level of study, this will have no impact on the award.

5.4   Abeyance/Temporary Withdrawal: A student who takes a period of temporary withdrawal (abeyance) and who is in receipt of a scholarship award would cease to receive scholarship payments whilst temporarily withdrawn. Scholarship payments made prior to temporarily withdrawing will not generally be requested to be repaid and remaining payments will generally be paid once the student returns to complete that level of study.

5.5   Suspension of Study: Should a student be suspended for any reason, scholarship payments will be withdrawn and consideration of reinstatement will be dependent on the disciplinary outcome.

5.6   Repeat/Extended Study: Periods of temporary withdrawal that result in repeat or extended periods of study are not supported by additional scholarship payments. Scholarship entitlement is for the maximum duration of each award and entitlement is not extended if overall course duration alters.

5.7   Withdrawal from Study: A student who withdraws from their programme prior to completion and who is in receipt of a scholarship award will not normally be requested to repay scholarship payments made up to the point of withdrawal. However, entitlement to all future scholarship payments and/or adjustments cease immediately a student withdraws.

5.8   Fee Waiver Amendments: Fee waivers are applied at the start of the academic year as part/all of a scholarship entitlement and will not normally be amended once the fee waiver has been processed. Any tuition fee liability remaining after fee waivers are applied would therefore be calculated in accordance with Student Financial Policy. In the case of withdrawal or abeyance the tuition fee and the fee waiver are calculated in accordance with Student Financial Policy.

Any queries relating to these terms and conditions should be addressed to the Admissions Office by emailing scholarships@brunel.ac.uk

Visit www.brunel.ac.uk/international/scholarships/home for further information on all the international scholarships available.