Aspiring researcher awards

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About the Aspiring Researcher Awards

The Aspiring Researcher Awards will support those who:

  • hold an offer for a relevant Master’s course to start in September;
  • have outstanding potential for research degree study;
  • are committed to a research career and contributing to university research culture;
  • have the ambition to apply for a PhD.

Each award will be a contribution of £3000 to course fees. The ARA is open to UK and international students and for full-time or part-time study on an MA, MFA, MArch or LLM course in the School of Law or the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Award categories

Up to 12 awards will be made across the following categories:

  • Aspiring Researcher in Art and Design award
  • Aspiring Researcher in Law award
  • Aspiring Researcher in Music and Performing Arts award
  • Aspiring Researcher in Media award
  • Aspiring Researcher in English award
  • Aspiring Interdisciplinary Researcher award


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How to apply

You must have submitted an application for a Master’s course via the BCU website to be eligible for these awards. In your ARA application you will need to:

  • describe how you are ready to undertake your proposed master’s study based on your previous study and experience;
  • explain what your research interests are and why; 
  • outline why are you applying for the specific Master’s course at BCU

You can apply by completing the online form. We recommend that you refer to the applicant guidance

The deadline for applications is Thursday 28 April at 12noon. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews in May.

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