Cardiff University International Scholarships application form and criteria are for the following scholarships only:
- Vice Chancellor’s Honorary International Scholarships [more about this]
- Cardiff University Undergraduate International Scholarships [more about this]
- Cardiff University Country-specific Undergraduate Scholarships [more about this]
- Cardiff University USA Alumni Scholarship [more about this]
- Cardiff University Postgraduate (Taught) International Scholarships [more about this]
- Cardiff University Postgraduate (Research) International Scholarships [more about this]
If you wish to apply for a subject-specific scholarship (e.g.: Business, Engineering, etc), or a scholarship offered in association with a partner organisation (e.g.: Commonwealth, Chevening etc), please refer to the appropriate section on the website. This is not the correct application form or eligibility criteria.
Eligibility Criteria: You must be confirmed as an Overseas Student for fee paying purposes (this information is contained in your offer letter).
- Applicants for an International Foundation, Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research scholarship: You must have accepted an unconditional offer of a place to study at Cardiff University for the 2012/13 academic year by Midnight (UK time) Sunday, 15th July 2012.
- Applicants for an Undergraduate scholarship: You must have either a conditional or unconditional offer and must have accepted Cardiff University as your Firm choice on the UCAS system, for study during the 2012/13 academic year, by Midnight (UK time) Sunday, 15th July 2012.
- Students with offers to study a Distance Learning course are not eligible to apply.
- You must complete the application form and personal statement as directed. Incomplete forms will not be considered.
- You must return the application form by the deadline: Midnight (UK time) Sunday, 15th July. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.
- Scholarships are to be used for academic year 2012/13 only and cannot be used for 2013/14 entry. If you are awarded a scholarship and wish to defer your entry to the University, you will lose your scholarship and will need to re-apply again in the following year.
- These scholarships are only available to self-funded students. Students who are in receipt of full funding from a sponsorship body (such as their home country’s Government or a private organisation) are not eligible to apply.
If you are not sure about your eligibility, please contact the International Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance Notes for completing the Cardiff University International Scholarships
Please ensure that you read these Guidance Notes before completing the Cardiff University International Scholarships application form. Completing the application form incorrectly may result in your application becoming invalid.
Please note that the Cardiff University International Scholarships application form is for the following scholarships only:
- Vice Chancellor’s Honorary International Scholarships
- Cardiff University Undergraduate International Scholarships
- Cardiff University Country-specific Undergraduate Scholarships
- Cardiff University USA Alumni Scholarships
- Cardiff University Postgraduate (Taught) International Scholarships
- Cardiff University Postgraduate (Research) International Scholarships
If you wish to apply for a subject-specific scholarship (e.g. Business, Engineering, etc), or a scholarship offered in association with a partner organisation (e.g. Commonwealth, Chevening etc), please refer to the appropriate section on our website.
Section A: Personal Details
Cardiff University Student Application Number
Please enter your unique 7 digit Cardiff University student number. You will find this on any correspondence you have received from our Registry Department, such as your offer letter. Failure to include this may result in your application not being considered.
Surname / Family Name
Please state your family name as indicated on your application to study at Cardiff University.
First / Given Name and Middle / Any other names
Please state all given and any other name(s) as indicated on your application to study at Cardiff University.
Date of Birth
Please enter your date of birth in the order DAY/MONTH/YEAR.
Please state your nationality as it appears on your passport.
Please provide us with a valid e-mail address. This will be our main means of contacting you so please ensure you give us the correct address and, if you are hand-writing your application, please print clearly.
Mobile Phone number
Please include the country code.
Title of Course/Degree
Please state the title of the course/degree programme for which you hold an offer at Cardiff University.
Please also indicate at which level you have applied to study.
Section B: Pending / Most Recent Qualifications
Please provide the full name and address (including country) of the educational establishment that you attended whilst completing your most recent studies.
Include the dates you attended, details of any qualifications attempted or achieved, the subject and the date the qualifications were (or are expected to be) awarded.
You do not need to send us any supporting documents (e.g. transcripts).
Section C: Personal Statement
Please write a personal statement with a maximum of 700 words. You should include information on your academic achievements and ambitions, and why you should be considered for this scholarship. You may also wish to note how you feel that your Cardiff University education will enable you to make a difference when you return to your home country.
This is the most important section of the application form and we strongly encourage you to think carefully about why you should be awarded this scholarship. Please include only information relevant to your application and do not go over the word limit.
We may contact you for further information or for evidence of any information supplied within your personal statement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Remember, these guidelines apply to the Cardiff University International Scholarships only. If you are applying for a subject-specific scholarship (e.g. Business, Engineering, etc), or a partner’s scholarship, you will need to check these schemes’ criteria as they may be different.
How do I know which scholarship to apply for?
You simply need to complete the Cardiff University International Scholarships application form and, providing you meet the eligibility criteria listed above, you will be considered for all the scholarships that are relevant to you.
Am I restricted to studying specific subjects?
No – all subjects are included within the Cardiff University International Scholarships scheme.
When is the closing date for applications?
The closing date for applications is Midnight (UK time), Sunday 15th July 2012.
What if I don’t have an Unconditional Offer by this date?
For students intending to study at Undergraduate level a firm acceptance of your conditional offer will be sufficient by 15th July 2012. Your offer must become unconditional by 17th August 2012.
Students intending to study at Postgraduate and International Foundation Programme levels must be holding unconditional offers by 15th July 2012.
When will I be informed if I have been successful?
Successful applicants will be informed early August 2012.
If you are an Undergraduate student, and have been successful in obtaining a scholarship, you must have an Unconditional Firm offer of a place to study at Cardiff University by 17th August 2012. If your offer is not Unconditional Firm by this date the scholarship will be offered to somebody else.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as soon as possible after 17th August. Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.
How will be the scholarship applications be assessed? The selection panel at Cardiff University will be considering some important criteria when assessing your application form.
- Academic merit: We require students to demonstrate their academic successes, whilst also illustrating other areas of personal development, such as learning gained via work experience, voluntary work or extra-curricular learning experiences;
- Contribution to society: We will look positively upon applications from students who demonstrate a keen awareness of the contribution they can make to the development of their community, society or nation as a result of obtaining their qualification from Cardiff University;
- Ambassadorial potential: Upon your graduation, you will be considered an Ambassador of Cardiff University, and we will look favourably upon applicants with the ability to represent Cardiff University in a diplomatic and professional manner in their future careers.
Please note that the decision of the selection panel is final and is not open to appeal.
I’ve won a scholarship! What do I do next?
If you are intending to study a Postgraduate course or the International Foundation Programme and have been selected to receive a Cardiff University International Scholarship you will need to tell us within 7 days of the date that your scholarship notification email was sent whether or not you intend to accept it so that we have sufficient time to provide the paperwork for your visa.
If you are intending to study an Undergraduate programme and have been selected to receive a Cardiff University International Scholarship you will need to confirm your acceptance of the scholarship by 12.00 Noon (UK time) on Monday, 20th August.
All recipients will be required to formally accept the scholarship and its conditions by signing a contract which will be sent with your award notification.
If we do not receive your confirmation in time we will re-allocate the funding to another student.
How will be the scholarships be awarded?
This depends on the type of scholarship you have been awarded. If you have been successful in obtaining a scholarship which covers your tuition fees and living expenses, we will waive the tuition fees, make the necessary payments for your University accommodation on your behalf, and the remainder of the subsistence funds will be paid out to you at the start of each new semester (October, January and April).
What if I win a partial scholarship?
If you have obtained a part-scholarship, you will need to make up the balance of the tuition fees plus living expenses yourself.
My course includes a work placement. How will this affect my scholarship?
If your course at Cardiff University includes a work placement your scholarship will cover any tuition fee that is due for this period. No stipend however will be paid during your work placement.
What are my responsibilities as a scholarship recipient?
During and after your period of study you may be asked to participate in promotional activities for the University. This may include receptions and social events, testimonial and publicity articles or even assisting with activities in your home country.
How will winning a scholarship impact upon my visa?
If you are successful in winning a scholarship, the amount of your scholarship will be reflected in your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Study) and an accompanying scholarship letter if necessary. The CAS is what you need in order to obtain your visa. This will mean that the amount of money you are expected to show as being available in your bank account in order to secure a visa will be reduced.
You will not need to request a new CAS as your existing CAS will be updated to reflect the scholarship you have been awarded.
Please note that winning a scholarship does not guarantee that your visa will be granted. You will need to meet the UKBA requirements as normal.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
Please contact email@example.com or +44 (0) 2920 874432 if you have any questions about the scholarships, the application process or if you require any further guidance.