The Snowdon scholarship programme

April 06, 2022

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  • United Kingdom


The Snowdon Scholarship programme aims to give a small number of exceptionally talented disabled people an opportunity to achieve their true potential. Successful applicants will receive our financial support and encouragement to help them excel in a Masters degree course that will make a difference to both their own futures and to the lives of others. We hope Snowdon Scholarship students will go on to become leaders in their fields and be great examples for others to follow.


How to apply

Please note: You cannot apply directly to Snowdon Trust. You must first apply through one of our partner universities for admission to an eligible Masters programmes. Scholarships will only be open to students who receive a place offer.

Applications for 2022-23 will open in early 2022.

The Snowdon Masters Scholarship has been designed to identify and accelerate talented disabled students through higher education, creating the influencers of the future.

We are looking for individuals with the ability to create change and influence others. This could include excellence within a chosen field of study, or the ability to demonstrate leadership more widely through the workplace or extracurricular activities.

If you are living with an impairment and have a proven drive for success, we encourage you to apply.

All Snowdon Masters Scholars are encouraged to become part of our Disabled Leaders Network. A space for collaboration, engagement and debate, the Disabled Leaders Network will provide a platform for you to build relationships with other exceptional disabled leaders, creating a hub of information, knowledge and support.

The application process is managed by our partners at the GDI Hub. Visit their website for more information and to complete your application.

About Us

We provide grants to physically disabled and sensory impaired students studying in the UK – in further or higher education or those training towards employment.

Our Grants help cover additional costs that students incur as a result of their disability and where available statutory funding does not cover them. Costs include vital support such as sign language interpreters, people to take notes, computers, specialist software, wheelchairs or special accommodation and equipment.

About 100 grants are awarded each year, ranging from £250 to £3,000. Applications are reviewed by our Selection Panel. The panel is made up of both disabled and non-disabled people who have knowledge and understanding of a wide range of disabilities – from sight and hearing impairments to paralysis, cerebral palsy, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, joint and bone diseases and lupus.

Besides giving financial grants, the trust also takes an active interest in individuals, offering encouragement to students during their studies and beyond. We also take disability issues very seriously. We try to keep them on the agenda of both the Government and institutions; we collect data, respond to consultations and ask the ‘difficult questions’.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

Each candidate will bring something different to the programme. Successful candidates will demonstrate that they have some or all of the following attributes:

  • Exceptional leaders, with the ability to create change within and beyond their academic field
  • Individuals that have shown excellence within their chosen subjects
  • Those that have demonstrated leadership potential with a proven drive for success
  • Ability to create change and drive disability issues
  • Proven achievements in academia, employment or voluntary activities

We know that leaders often take unique career paths – we welcome applications from students who have recently completed an undergraduate course, and from those returning to study from the workplace or following a career break.

The scholarship is open to national and international disabled students with the ability to create change, including excellence within a chosen field of study, or the ability to demonstrate leadership through the workplace or extracurricular activities.


Deadline: April 06, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

We want to attract the very best students to the scheme so our generous scholarships include:

  • Fee funding of up to £15,000 p.a. for a one or two-year UK Masters course, plus
  • Most (but not all) of our scholarships also include a further generous allowance towards your costs whilst studying.
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