Santander Scholarships

The 2021/2022 Santander Scholarships application process will open on 8 December 2021.

Do you have a project you’d like to carry out, a trip you’d like to take or something you want to learn?

Thanks to our partner Santander, you may be able to receive a grant to help make it happen.

Santander Universities Scholarships are open to University of Plymouth students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) who wish to undertake a period of research, study or work-based learning in the UK or abroad.

Thanks to Santander for supporting our students this year.

The scholarships:

  • a minimum of 20 awards ranging from £750 to a maximum value of £1,500
  • can be awarded for a variety of projects, including language exchange programmes, study trips and volunteering
  • can be awarded for study/research in the UK or abroad (travel restrictions permitting).

Where the panel believes that a proposal does not represent value for money yet wishes to partially support the activity, funding may be offered at a reduced level.

Please apply using the BECAS platform which will be live from 8 December 2021.

Before completing the application form, please read the criteria and regulations carefully.

The deadline for applications in the 2021/22 academic year is midnight on Friday 11 March 2022.

The University reserves the right to vary all or any scholarship awards at its sole discretion.


The principal criterion for the award of a grant in 2021/22 is that the proposed project will make a demonstrable and tangible contribution to the applicant’s studies, personal development, academic interest or employability. Applicants must clearly explain how the proposed project will satisfy this requirement.

We understand that travel is harder than usual but we welcome applications from students for whom travel in the UK or abroad would facilitate and augment existing extracurricular learning initiatives or directly benefit their course.

Successful applicants will be required to write a short review or summary of their experiences abroad for publication within University and Santander materials.


University of Plymouth students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are eligible for these awards.

Funds permitting, priority will then be extended to the following groups:

  • students from BAME groups
  • students from low participation neighbourhoods (identified via POLAR 3 methods)
  • students who declare a disability
  • vulnerable groups, such as care leavers and estranged students
  • students must have obtained full student funding with Student Finance England/Student Finance Wales according to their circumstances.

Applicants must:

  • write a clear application, demonstrating thorough research into their application for scholarship funding
  • include a clear breakdown of expected costs
  • describe how receiving the support would enhance their academic performance and future employability.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate that the proposed project/mobility will benefit their course of study, employability or other extracurricular learning initiatives being pursued.

Awards must be taken up within the 2021/22 academic year and travel must take place by 1 September 2022.

The value of the scholarship will be paid directly to the scholarship holder and can be used as a contribution towards the costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence or course attendance.

The University has a duty of care towards students and consequently will risk assess the proposed activity within the student’s application.

In the event there is a risk to the student, such as travelling in a country where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not recommend travel due to safety concerns, the application may not be supported.