Preferred Partner Scheme
Aston University is one of the Aziz Foundation’s preferred partners. These institutions:
- share core values with the Aziz Foundation and actively promote Widening Participation at the postgraduate level
- are aware of concerns of unconscious bias and address the BME attainment gap
- provide specific cultural and social support to BME students
The Aziz Foundation is awarding 100% tuition fee Masters scholarships to three exceptional British Muslims lacking the financial means to complete postgraduate degrees, at Aston University for the 2020-21 academic year. These scholarships aim to empower British Muslims to bring positive change to their communities and beyond. Thus, they are aimed at those who:
- aspire to make a positive contribution to society – people who want to help others
- view themselves as future British Muslim leaders – change makers
The successful applicants will be selected through an interview process run by the Aziz Foundation. The scholarship will cover tuition fees only at Aston University. Applicants do not need to hold an offer prior to applying. However, please note that admission to the programme will depend on Aston’s separate admissions process.
Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:
- Be active within their local and/or Muslim faith community and demonstrate a desire to develop intellectual skills within a secular/multi-faith environment;
- Be able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development;
- Be eligible for Home fees status at the University;
- Demonstrate that they come from a low-income background and require financial assistance in order to undertake a Masters degree
Applications are submitted online, under the category ‘Aston University’. The application form includes questions about financial means, a vision statement of no more than 1,000 words and the names of two referees.
Short-listed applicants will be invited for a 30 minute interview to explore questions around:
- challenges facing British Muslims;
- vision and hopes for change;
- personal qualities needed to succeed;
- means test – financial barriers faced (student debt, financial commitments).
Successful applicants will show how the Masters course they wish to study increases their effectiveness in one of the following areas relating to British Muslims:
– Representation and Advocacy: increase representation and contribution of Muslims to civil society
– Community Development: raise aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities
Successful applicants will be supported through:
1. Leadership Support Scheme (LSS) – The LSS will offer training days and career mentors that further increase the chances of the scholars starting successful careers.
2. Aziz Scholars Association (ASA) – The ASA comprises of current scholars and alumni. It enables the scholars to synergise as well as coordinate induction and training days.
The following programmes are not covered by this scheme:
- Masters programmes offered by the College of Business and Social Sciences