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National Scholarships Programme (NSP) - for September 2014 entry


The Government's National Scholarships Programme (NSP) provides financial support to students attending university from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically those on low incomes. The award supports students who are studying degrees which lead to a career in the professions.

Degrees leading to a career in the professions have been identified by the SOAS Careers Service. These are as follows:

  • LLB
  • Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Chinese (Modern/Classical)
  • Politics
  • Music
  • International Management for China
  • International Management for Japan/Korea
  • International Management for the MENA

Award value:

£2,000 awarded in the first year of your degree only

Number of awards available:


Application process:

You will be considered automatically. You do not need to make an application but you must apply for means-tested support from your funding authority via https://www.gov.uk/student-finance. When you make your application for student support, you must ensure you give consent for your information to be shared with us. If your parents are submitting their financial information, they must also ensure they give their consent. This will allow us to view your details on a portal at the Student Finance website. The portal will only provide the information we need to assess your entitlement to an Award.


  • You must be studying a single honours degree leading to a career in the professions
  • You must meet or exceed academic entry criteria
  • You must be undertaking your first undergraduate degree (students who currently hold a degree or who are transferring from another Higher Education degree will not be eligible).
  • You must ordinarily be resident in England
  • Your household income must be less than £25,000 as assessed by  Student Finance England (SFE)
  • You must accept SOAS' offer of a place firmly by the relevant UCAS deadline

Please note that meeting these listed criteria alone will not guarantee this award as these are limited in number.

Notification and Payment:

Candidates will be contacted individually, where possible, by email in the summer or during the autumn term. In addition we will start to send out notifications by post from November 2014. If you have not received a letter from us by mid-January, please contact the Student Loans and Bursaries Officer funding@soas.ac.uk

SOAS will deposit the cash bursary directly into the successful student's bank account as follows:

Cash bursary of £2,000
£1,000by end of February - term 2
£1,000by end of May - term 3

If you have any questions about this award then please contact the Student Loans and Bursaries Officer: funding@soas.ac.uk