Funding and scholarships for postgraduate conversion courses in AI and data science

Funding to support scholarships, worth £10,000 each, will be available for funded courses between April 2023 and March 2025 to increase diversity in the AI and data science sector.  

Courses are open to anyone who meets a participating university’s entry requirements. Research highlights that the current tech workforce is not representative of the wider population, and lack of gender and ethnic diversity is affecting the capability and credibility of the sector.  

Scholarships are therefore available to support students from various underrepresented groups to access and complete these courses. 

More information about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for a scholarship is available in the FAQ section below. 

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Frequently asked questions

Find out more about the universities and courses who are being funded to deliver scholarships as part of this programme.  

Scholarship funding will be prioritised for women, black students, disabled students and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. They may also be available for:

  • students who have been in care
  • students estranged from their parents or guardians
  • Gypsy, Roma, Traveller students
  • refugees
  • children from military families, veterans and partners of military personnel.

To be eligible for a scholarship students must also meet the residency and nationality criteria to be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan.

The universities taking part in this programme may set additional eligibility criteria to enable to them to prioritise funding if they are oversubscribed. Please check the website of the university you're applying to for full eligibility criteria.

Students who successfully apply for a scholarship will receive £10,000 to help with the cost of course fees, and associated costs such as living costs, childcare and transport. 

Scholarships should be paid out in regular intervals across the duration of the course. 

Only students who meet the residency and nationality criteria to be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan can apply for scholarships. However, students from across the world are welcome to apply as an international student to the courses.

You must apply and be offered a place on your chosen course before applying for a scholarship. Universities will set their own course entry requirements and application deadlines, so it is important you speak to the university you wish to apply to for more information.  

The Office for Students does not directly manage the scholarship allocation process. 

Universities will determine the application and selection process and are responsible for the delivery of scholarship payments to successful students.

Please check the website of the university you are applying to for full details. 

Fees vary between universities and will depend on course length.

Check the website of the university you are applying to for full details.  

You may be eligible to apply for a government loan that will need to be repaid.

See the government's guidance on funding for postgraduate study and master's loans for more details.

Universities may also offer other bursaries or financial support for students.

Scholarship funding for the funded courses will be available for students enrolling in the academic years 2023-24 and 2024-25.

At this time, there are no plans for the OfS to provide funding for scholarships beyond these dates, but you should check the university and college webpages of the courses you are interested in to see if further financial support is available.

Scholarship eligibility only applies to the courses funded by the OfS listed on our site.

No. Scholarships are funded directly to the university or college and cannot be transferred to a course at another university, even if that university is funded through this scheme.  

If you wish to transfer to another university within the programme you would need to re-apply for a scholarship at that university.

Published 10 June 2020
Last updated 30 March 2023
30 March 2023
Minor updates
22 September 2022
Small updates in view of planned new courses for 2023.
13 June 2022
Announcement of a further 2,000 scholarships
29 April 2021
FAQ added
30 September 2020
Question added on transferring scholarships
04 August 2020
Question added on scholarships for future academic years
26 June 2020
Question added on international students' scholarship eligibility

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