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Global Development Scholarship: Frequently Asked Questions

This page aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our Global Development Scholarship.

Click on the questions below to reveal the answer.

How many scholarships are available?

There are 2 Global Development Scholarships and 5 Bestway Scholarships (the Bestway Scholarship is for students from Pakistan)

Is there an age limit for the scholarship?

No, there is no age limit to be able to apply for the scholarship.

Can I apply if my country is not on the list?

Yes, you can apply if your country is not on the list.  Please write a detailed statement about the situation in your country and how it has personally affected you and/or your family, along with the reasons why you want to study a Masters course at the University of Bradford.

I have refugee status in the UK, can I apply for the scholarship?

As a student with refugee status in the UK you will be entitled to student financial support under the same rules as Home students, therefore you are not able to apply for this scholarship.

I haven’t finished my degree – can I still apply?

No – you must have completed your degree and graduated to be able to apply for the scholarship.  You will need to send us a copy of your degree certificate with your application form.

Do I have to have an English Language qualification to be able to apply for the scholarship?

Yes, you do already need to hold an English Language Qualification to be able to apply for the scholarship.

Details of eligible English Language Qualifications can be found on our website.

Please note we also accept the WAEC qualification at a grade C6 or higher for students from certain African countries.

Do I need to hold a place on a course before I apply for a scholarship?

No, you do not need to hold a place on a course before you apply.  We need to see your degree results so we can assess that you would be likely to be offered a place on your chosen course.  If you are awarded the scholarship then we can quickly process your application for a course place to ensure you have enough time to get your visa etc.

Which courses are covered by the Scholarship?

All one-year Masters’ courses based at the University of Bradford are covered by the scholarship, except for the MBA.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the full tuition fees for the course, it provides a room in our accommodation – The Green, and gives you £4,200 in living costs which is paid directly to you in 3 instalments over the year.  The award is final and non-negotiable and provides sufficient support to enable you to demonstrate you have met the financial conditions of your visa.

Will you pay for my air fare / visa / IELTS?

You will need to cover any additional costs such as English language tests, air fare and visa charges yourself.

Can I bring my family with me?

There is no provision within the scholarship award for students to bring their family with them.  The accommodation provided is a single room only.  There is no option to have another form of accommodation.

Why do I have to type my personal statement?

Your personal statement is the key part of the application and it is this that the panel will use to assess your application.  Therefore it needs to be easily read by the panel.  

How long should my personal statement be?

There is no set length for the personal statement.  However the panel use your personal statement to assess you for the scholarship so it needs to be long enough to tell your own unique story and outline the reasons why you want to come to Bradford to study and how you will use your qualification.  Therefore an ideal statement might be between 2 and 5 pages long.

I don’t have any relevant work experience, what should I write in this section?

You will need to write that you do not have any relevant work experience.  However if you can think of any experiences where you have gained transferrable skills that might be useful for your course then you could outline these here. 

Do I have to print off my application form and send it in the post?

We do not accept application forms sent in the post.  You can type into the form or fill it in by hand (however if you do this you must attach a separate typed personal statement) and email it to us at:

globaldevelopment@bradford.ac.uk

You can scan a copy of your application form and attach it to the email if you cannot attach the document directly.

How will I know if I am awarded the scholarship?

The successful candidates will be contacted by email by the 30 June.

How will I know if I have not been awarded the scholarship?

If you have not had an email from us by the 30 June telling you that you have been offered the scholarship, then your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

What documents do I need to send with my application form?

Please send a copy of your degree certificate and a transcript of your marks if you have one.

You also need to send proof of your English Language qualifications.

You do not need to send a copy of your passport or a CV. 

Do I need to get my certificates translated?

No, as long as we can clearly see the result that you obtained, then you do not need to get your certificates translated.

What is a University of Bradford Number and do I need to put it on the form?

When you get a place on one of our courses you are given a student number – a University of Bradford (UB) number. It consists of 8 numbers e.g. 16935472.  If you haven’t applied for a place on a course then you will not have a UB number, therefore you can leave that bit of the form blank.

What email address do I send the form to?

Please email your form and documents to:

globaldevelopment@bradford.ac.uk

What does self-funded mean?

This means that you are not being sponsored by a company or your Government to come and study a course.  You and your family will be paying your fees yourself.

Do I need to sign the form and scan it?

You can either sign the form and scan it, use an electronic signature or type your name.

Do I need to put a course on the form if I haven’t been offered a place to study at Bradford?

If you have not been offered a place to study yet, please write down the course (or courses) you would want to study if you came here.  We need to know what course you would want to do and how your work experience relates to your chosen area of study.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

  • Afghanistan: Licence (Bachelor Degree) with an overall average of 75% plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience unless studied Engineering at Kabul University then an overall average of 70% required.
  • Angola: Grau de Licenciado/a or Grau de Mestre with a grade of at least 13/20
  • Bangladesh: 4-year Bachelors degree with a gpa of 3.0/4.0 plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience unless studied at BUET then 4-year Bachelors degree with a gpa of 3.0/4.0 required.
  • Burundi: Diplôme d'Ingénieur with at least 65% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0
  • Cameroon: Bachelor degree or Licence with a gpa of 2.5/4.0 or 12/20
  • Central African Republic: Diplome d’Ingenieur or Maitrise with an overall average of 12/20
  • Chad: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Colombia: Licenciado/Titulo de (subject area) with a gpa of 3.0/5.0
  • Congo: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Côte d’Ivoire: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Djibouti: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Egypt: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Eritrea: Bachelor degree with a gpa of 2.5/4.0 plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience
  • Ethiopia: Bachelor degree of less than four years duration with a gpa of 2.5/4.0 plus a minimum of four years relevant work experience or Bachelor degree of at least four years with a minimum gpa of 2.5/4.0 plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience
  • Georgia: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Guinea: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Haiti: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Honduras: Bachillerato Universitario with a gpa of 3.0/5.0 plus two years relevant work experience or Licenciado with a gpa of 3.0/5.0 
  • Indonesia: Bachelor degree/Sarjana I with a gpa of 2.5/4.0
  • Iran: Bachelor degree with an overall average of 13/20
  • Iraq: Bachelor degree with an overall average of 70% or Masters degree with an overall average of 70%
  • Kenya: Bachelor degree with a grade of Second Class Honours Second Division
  • Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Lebanon: Bachelor degree/Licence with a gpa of 2.5/4.0
  • Lesotho: Bachelor degree part 2 (4-year) with an overall average of 60% plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience or Bachelor of Law with an overall average of 60% or Master’s degree with an overall average of 60%
  • Liberia: Bachelor degree with an overall average of 75% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0 plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience or a Master’s degree with an overall average of 75% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0
  • Madagascar: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Malawi: Bachelor degree with an overall average of 60% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0 plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience or a Master’s degree from either the University of Malawi or Mzuzu University with an overall average of 60% or a gpa of 2.5/40
  • Maldives: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Mauritania: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Mozambique: Grau de Licenciado/a or Grau de Mestre with an overall grade of 12/20
  • Myanmar: 4-year Bachelor (Honours) degree with an overall grade of 65% plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience or 5-year Bachelor degree in a professional subject with an overall grade of 65% or a Master’s degree with an overall grade of 65%
  • Nepal: 4-year Bachelor degree with an overall average of 50% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0 or a Master’s degree (following a 3-year Bachelor degree) with an overall average of 50% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0
  • Niger: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Nigeria: A good Nigerian university degree qualification at 2:1 or 2:22, depending upon the course applied for. Please note that HND cannot be accepted for entry to Master's degrees.
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory: Bachelor degree with an overall average of 70% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0
  • Pakistan (students from Pakistan will be considered for one of our five Bestway Foundation Scholarships): 4-year Bachelor degree with an overall average of 60% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0 or First Division or a Master's degree with an overall average of 60% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0 or First Division
  • Russia (North Caucasus): Bachelor degree or Specialist Diploma with a gpa of 3.5/5.0
  • Sierra Leone: Bachelor degree (Honours) with an overall grade B or Bachelor degree (Ordinary) with an overall grade B
  • Somalia: Bachelor degree/Laurea with an overall grade of 75% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0 plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience
  • Sri Lanka: Bachelor General degree/Bachelor Special degree/Professional degree with an overall average of 55% or a gpa of 3.0/4.0 or Second Class Honours Second Division
  • Sudan: Bachelor degree with an overall average of 60%
  • Swaziland: Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours Second Division plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience
  • Syrian Arab Republic: Bachelor degree with an overall average of 60%
  • Tanzania, United Republic of: Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours Second Division
  • Timor-Leste: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Uganda: Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours Second Division
  • West Bank and Gaza - For detail see occupied Palestinian Territory: Bachelor degree with an overall average of 70% or a gpa of 2.5/4.0
  • Yemen: Please contact our Admissions Office for details of entry requirements (admissions@bradford.ac.uk)
  • Zambia: Bachelor degree with an overall average of Credit or 60% plus a minimum of two years relevant work experience
  • Zimbabwe: Bachelor degree with Second Class Honours Second Division