Aziz Foundation Masters Scholarship

Application period opens
Wednesday 31 January 2024
Application period closes
This scholarship deadline has now passed (Thursday 28 March 2024)

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer postgraduate scholarships funded by the Aziz Foundation.

Applications are welcome from British Muslims who wish to advance in their careers and bring positive change to their communities and beyond. The aim is to support emerging leaders who have a high level of commitment to the community as well as the aspirations to lead and inspire in their respective field.

Value of award (per year)

Full tuition fees

Duration of award

This award is available for 1 year of postgraduate taught study.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:



Available to students studying:

One year Masters programmes (MSc, MLitt or MRes) within the following areas: Media & Journalism, Technology, Sustainability/Environment, Law, Policy (excluding Health Policy), Arts & Culture, Sports. Scholarships are not available for Masters by Research, MPhil, MFA, Doctoral degrees, postgraduate certificates/ diplomas, or distance learning (Online) programmes.

Domicile for fee status

Scotland home, Rest of UK


Available to faculty members from:

Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Divinity, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Finance, English, Film Studies, Graduate School, History, International Education Institute, International Relations, Management, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology and Neuroscience, Social Anthropology

Application assessment

Financial need (Hardship, means tested), Academic merit

Available to

Prospective students

Mode of study

Full time

Geographical criteria

Scotland (UK/Home), England (UK), Northern Ireland (UK), Wales (UK)

Additional criteria

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be eligible for Home fees status.
  • Be active within a Muslim community and demonstrate intimate knowledge of issues affecting British Muslim communities.
  • Demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development within Britain.
  • Show how the course will increase their effectiveness in one of the following areas relating to British Muslims:
    1. Effective Advocacy and Enhance Public Perception – facilitating better representation and contribution of Muslims to civil society to combat Islamophobia and positively transform perceptions of British Muslims.
    2. Community Service and Social Development – raising the aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities.

In addition to the above, candidates are also expected to have:

  • Excellent understanding of their chosen industry and how to progress within it, with relevant, prior experience and/or achievements in the field.
  • Knowledge of how the course will enable them to generate social impact.

For full criteria, please visit the Aziz Foundation website. 

How to apply

Applicants must apply to the University for admission to a one year postgraduate taught degree and then to the Aziz Foundation for the scholarship.

Please see the University website for advice on applying for admission to a postgraduate degree.

Please see the Aziz Foundation website for advice on applying for the scholarship.

Terms and conditions

Please read the University of St Andrews scholarships terms and conditions (opens in new tab)

Please be aware of the following requirements:

  • The Scholar shall at all times comply with the Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University.
  • The Scholar shall apply him/herself diligently to the course of study. A report outlining each scholar’s progress will be submitted by the University, to the Foundation at the end of every semester.
  • The Scholar shall not undertake activities which may adversely impact the University or the Donor.
  • The student is required to uphold the Sponsio Academic and all University Policies and Regulations which apply to students.
  • Discontinuation will normally result in the ending of the Scholarship.
  • Intermission will normally result in the suspension of the Scholarship.
  • Leave of Absence (intermission or suspension of studies) may occur only with the permission of the University.
  • In the case of Leave of Absence (Intermission), the Scholarship may only resume with the approval of the Foundation.
  • Core personal details may be passed to the benefactors of your scholarship. Your name, the name of your town of origin, school/college and subject of study will be passed to the donor of the scholarship with your consent.
  • Your scholarship award in subsequent years of study is conditional upon your successful completion of the academic requirements to progress in your proposed subject of study at the University of St Andrews. If your scholarship is subject-related then your award is usually also conditional upon your continuing to study that specific subject.
  • Attendance at Development related scholarship events (including invitations to meet the donors) is strongly encouraged. You will be invited to these as appropriate by the Development Office.
  • Submission of reports throughout the period of scholarship support. You are required to submit an Introductory Biography at the start of your award period and the Development Office will contact you towards the end of the academic session for a report on your time at St Andrews to share with the donors of your award. This will be an annual cycle for the duration of your award.

When will I know the outcome?

The Aziz Foundation will confirm awards by mid-May (first round) or late July (second round).