Scholarships and bursaries

You may be able to partly or fully fund the costs of your study with a bursary or scholarship. You can usually use these alongside student loans and you don’t have to pay them back.

Whether you can get a scholarship or bursary depends on your circumstances. So they aren’t available to everyone.

These are the scholarships and bursaries we currently offer to University of Portsmouth students.

University of Portsmouth Bursary – £750 a year

You’ll get this bursary of £750 a year if you’re a full-time undergraduate student from England and your household income is less than £25,000 a year.

You can’t get this bursary if a sponsor (such as an employer or NHS organisation) is paying all or some of your tuition fees.

No need to apply

You don’t need to apply for this bursary. We’ll check if you’re eligible for it once you’ve applied to Student Finance England for income-based support and it has verified your household income.

On your Student Finance England application, you just need to make sure:

  • you’ve said you'll be studying at the University of Portsmouth
  • you (and your parents or partner) have given your consent to share your information with the University

Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary – £1,700

You could get this £1,700 bursary if you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student and one of the following applies:

  • you’ve spent a significant time in care, some of which was in your teens
  • you’ve lived in sheltered accommodation or a Foyer Federation for reasons related to your physical or mental wellbeing

This bursary isn't based on your income.

How to apply

Contact our Student Finance Centre to find out if you’re eligible for this bursary.

If you're eligible, you may also be entitled to additional help and support for care leavers.

Restrictions

You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Standalone Bursary or Young Carers Bursary.

Standalone Bursary – £750 a year

You could get this bursary of £750 a year if you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student aged under 25 and estranged from your parents. It isn't based on your income.

How to apply

Contact our Student Finance Centre to find out if you’re eligible for this bursary. If you’re eligible, we’ll tell you how to apply.

Restrictions

You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary or the Young Carers Bursary.

Young Carers Bursary – £500 a year

You could get this bursary of £500 a year if all the following apply:

  • you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student aged under 25
  • you have caring responsibilities for a parent or family member (but not a dependent child)
  • your family income is less than £25,000 a year

How to apply for the Young Carers Bursary

Contact our Student Finance Centre to apply for this bursary.

Restrictions

You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary or the Standalone Bursary.

Unite Scholarship – a free place in halls

This scholarship is a free place in a Unite hall of residence for 3 years of undergraduate study for students who have spent time in care or are estranged from their parents.

You could get this scholarship if all the following apply to you:

  • you’ve spent time in care - support for care leavers' page - or you’re estranged from your parents
  • you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student aged under 25 at the start of your course
  • your household income is less than £25,000 a year
  • you’re starting your first undergraduate course

You can get this scholarship alongside the Standalone Bursary or Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary.

There are a limited number of these scholarships, so not everyone who’s eligible will get it.

How to apply for the Unite Scholarship

You can apply through our Student Finance Centre if the University of Portsmouth is your first-choice institution on your UCAS application.

Contact us when you've submitted your UCAS application and we'll tell you how to apply.

Restrictions

You won't be able to get this scholarship on foundation, repeat or placement years.

Greenwich Hospital Bursary – £3,000 a year

This is a bursary of £3,000 a year to cover some of your living costs. You could get this bursary if all of the following apply to you:

  • you’re a child of serving or retired Royal Navy or Royal Marine personnel, or you’re a retired member of the Naval Service who isn’t sponsored by the MOD
  • you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student
  • your household income is less than £25,000 a year

There are 3 bursaries available for University of Portsmouth students each year, so not everyone who’s eligible will get it.

How to apply for the Greenwich Hospital Bursary

To apply, download and complete the Greenwich Hospital Bursary application form and return with supporting evidence to the Student Finance Centre by 22 November 2018.

Healthcare courses

NHS bursaries aren’t available any more. But you could get financial help with childcare and placement travel costs if you’re doing a course that leads to registration as an NHS professional from the NHS Learning Support Fund.