Awards and scholarships

Every year our graduates and friends donate generously to provide awards, scholarships and bursaries for current students. Last year we raised over £80,000 so that you can make the most of your time studying with University of Plymouth.

The income we raise covers a variety of priorities - from support for students experiencing financial difficulties, to funding that enables you to undertake once-in-a-lifetime extra-curricular activities, and travel or research expeditions.

Maria Thaller

Success story - Maria Thaller

It sounds cliché, but it truly was was such an enriching experience and I can’t wait to go abroad and do something similar again. I’m enormously grateful to the University for supporting me and making the trip possible.

Thanks to the Roland Levinsky Memorial Fund awards, Maria was able to fund a three month volunteering placement in Vietnam.

Find out more about Maria's experience

Bursaries, awards and scholarships funded by our graduates and friends

Student Hardship Fund

  • Donations are gratefully received to this fund, which helps ensure students can continue their studies in spite of financial difficulties. 
  • Awards are made via a means-tested system, which the Student Funding Unit administers. In 2010, Plymouth graduate Helen Dean left a legacy of over £40,000, which is awarded through this fund. 
  • The Financial Support Fund process identifies recipients of the money.

Santander Universities Scholarships

  • The University's exciting partnership with Santander Universities provides a range of scholarships worth over £50,000 a year. 
  • The scholarships offer numerous opportunities for international research collaborations and work-based learning in fellow Santander Universities institutions world-wide.

Sporting Excellence Scholarships for water based sports

  • If you are a University of Plymouth student studying a full-time degree level course whilst competing at an international level in a water based sport, such as swimming or sailing, you may be eligible to apply for one of our Sporting Excellence Scholarships.

How you can help

There are a number of ways you can help us ensure that our supporters continue to give generously to help Plymouth students like yourself.

Have you benefited from a prize, award or scholarship? Please tell us about it, so we can use your feedback to demonstrate how these gifts make a real and direct impact, encouraging others to give. Email us at to ask for a beneficiary questionnaire.